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  • #8234
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    I have just downloaded GarageBand on my Mac so I have decided to record a piece I was messing around with the other day. What do you think? 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETnm_OBrArM

    You can’t really hear the bottom string for some reason. Not a brilliant recording, I must say 😉

    #8270

    MultipleMike
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    I like the tempo change a lot. There’s a riffy bit I like a lot that starts there. You could probably build a good song around it, and the first half is begging to have a vocal melody dropped in front. But that’s a good thing, and I’m assuming it is intentional. Keep updating this if you develop it further. In its current state of brevity and low-fi aesthetic, it makes me think of Guided by Voices which means instant bonus points.

    #8299
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MultipleMike wrote:</div>I like the tempo change a lot. There’s a riffy bit I like a lot that starts there. You could probably build a good song around it, and the first half is begging to have a vocal melody dropped in front. But that’s a good thing, and I’m assuming it is intentional. Keep updating this if you develop it further. In its current state of brevity and low-fi aesthetic, it makes me think of Guided by Voices which means instant bonus points.

    It is indeed intentional 🙂 Thanks for the advice! I am definitely going to keep working on it now my A level exams are over. Will be posting an updated version over the weekend.

    #8336
    Adam Holy Moses
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    Yeah I hear the GBV thing too, really nice sound. That drop-down riff when you change tempo is very cool. I want everything to be lofi all the time so your sketch is great! Good luck with stretching it and changing it, I look forward to seeing where it goes.

    Also good luck in the A levels mate. I remember them, I played a lot of guitar during the revision days…

    #8348
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Adam Holy Moses wrote:</div>Yeah I hear the GBV thing too, really nice sound. That drop-down riff when you change tempo is very cool. I want everything to be lofi all the time so your sketch is great! Good luck with stretching it and changing it, I look forward to seeing where it goes.

    Also good luck in the A levels mate. I remember them, I played a lot of guitar during the revision days…

    I don’t really know who Guided by Voices are. I was trying to go for a sort of early The National sound (e.g. The rockier tracks on SSFDL). I have altered the recording slightly and condensed it so the preview isn’t too repetitive, but YouTube is being a tit and won’t let me upload it.

    It did let me upload these two I recorded today 🙂

    My attempt at being artsy:

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ABEt5XTwiw

    Thanks – What A levels did you do? 🙂

    #8352
    Adam Holy Moses
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    I got into GBV with I am a Tree, give that a listen. Brilliant song. I did England Lit, Maths, Higher Maths and Russian. Got me into uni. I’ll give these other tracks some time in a bit, power drinking at present (bank holiday joy)

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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>Adam Holy Moses wrote:</div>I got into GBV with I am a Tree, give that a listen. Brilliant song. I did England Lit, Maths, Higher Maths and Russian. Got me into uni. I’ll give these other tracks some time in a bit, power drinking at present (bank holiday joy)

    Thanks, hope you had a good bank holiday! I have deleted the second video because I listened to it again and it isn’t very good, frankly. I do English Literature, History and Politics. I am abysmal at maths and languages. How did you do at A level? 🙂

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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MultipleMike wrote:</div>I like the tempo change a lot. There’s a riffy bit I like a lot that starts there. You could probably build a good song around it, and the first half is begging to have a vocal melody dropped in front. But that’s a good thing, and I’m assuming it is intentional. Keep updating this if you develop it further. In its current state of brevity and low-fi aesthetic, it makes me think of Guided by Voices which means instant bonus points.

    Here’s a slightly altered version. I have changed some things around and gave the recording a cleaner sound. However, it’s still pretty “lo-fi”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcU7ICiQthM&feature=youtu.be

    #8630

    MultipleMike
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    It is sounding better. Do you sing at all?

    #8665
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MultipleMike wrote:</div>It is sounding better. Do you sing at all?

    Thanks. Could you see if this is any good?

    I haven’t really considered singing. I could possibly upload some audio of me singing to see if I am good/bad.

    #8712

    MultipleMike
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    I just think there’s a very good song that could be written with those chords. That goes for the other one you just posted as well. The only thing I’m not overly fussed on are the sudden jumps to the higher chords, but that could just be because it’s a guitar track in isolation. I have known songs that did the same thing that I like. When there are vocals, or other instruments layered on it, it can change the dynamic.

    If you’re feeling brave enough, try writing some lyrics and vocal melodies. If they don’t come to you, put it aside and maybe something might come to you later.

    EDIT: Once again, I’m liking the tempo change / riffy bits on these tracks. Would work well between verses.

    #8715

    MultipleMike
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    Vocals can be pretty intimidating, so one other thing I would encourage you to experiment is multiple guitar parts. Play a lead to one of those songs and record it. The first time I recorded a multi track piece was one of the most mind blowing things ever. There’s synergy there that you never get to hear when you’re just playing by yourself. Also, it’s a lot of fun. Try it and you’ll see.

    #8726
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    Grant I am liking that last upload. I am not a guitarist but very opinionated musically – can’t stand much and I can stand that last track. There is a melody line just below your chords struggling to get out and lyrics shouldn’t be too hard to find – you are virtually there with your road trip vid.

    Lofi is good, we like lo fi around here. Check out our real/pretend forum band – Wino Choir…

    #8817
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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MultipleMike wrote:</div>I just think there’s a very good song that could be written with those chords. That goes for the other one you just posted as well. The only thing I’m not overly fussed on are the sudden jumps to the higher chords, but that could just be because it’s a guitar track in isolation. I have known songs that did the same thing that I like. When there are vocals, or other instruments layered on it, it can change the dynamic.

    If you’re feeling brave enough, try writing some lyrics and vocal melodies. If they don’t come to you, put it aside and maybe something might come to you later.

    EDIT: Once again, I’m liking the tempo change / riffy bits on these tracks. Would work well between verses.

    Thanks again. I uploaded a video of my vocals here, it isn’t a brilliant recording and my guitar wasn’t plugged in so it sounds pretty poor, however, it just gives guidance to the part of the song I am singing. It’s a cover of Leif Erikson by Interpol – I forgot the lyrics a couple of lines in and improvised, that’s why they aren’t the official lyrics, etc. If you could give some feedback on vocals then that would be good!

    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MultipleMike wrote:</div>Vocals can be pretty intimidating, so one other thing I would encourage you to experiment is multiple guitar parts. Play a lead to one of those songs and record it. The first time I recorded a multi track piece was one of the most mind blowing things ever. There’s synergy there that you never get to hear when you’re just playing by yourself. Also, it’s a lot of fun. Try it and you’ll see.

    I’ll give it a try: thanks for the tips!

    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>seafret wrote:</div>Grant I am liking that last upload. I am not a guitarist but very opinionated musically – can’t stand much and I can stand that last track. There is a melody line just below your chords struggling to get out and lyrics shouldn’t be too hard to find – you are virtually there with your road trip vid.

    Lofi is good, we like lo fi around here. Check out our real/pretend forum band – Wino Choir…

    Thanks very much! I will try to write some lyrics, but I am not sure if I’d be able to sing them too well (see the video linked above for my vocals).

    I’ll be sure to check Wino Choir out 🙂

    #8820

    MultipleMike
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    I like the voice! It reminds me of Mike Kinsella. I can’t really point out much to improve, but keep doing this and you’ll get even better. Now I’m definitely convinced you need some lyrics for your demos. 😉

    Everybody writes differently, but if you’re concerned about how well you’ll be able to sing any lyrics you do write, try composing the melody first, and make sure it’s something you can sing comfortably. You can keep the lyrics as simple as you like. No need to go all Leonard Cohen or anything. Pull a Matt Berninger and come up with a couple catchy lines and repeat ’em “chant rock” style if you like. 😉 Whatever you feel fits the song.

    Get yourself any cheap old pair of headphones when multi tracking. Garage band should let you record over previously recorded stuff, so you’ll want to keep background noise to a minimum.

    Keep updating us. When you do get a song fleshed out, it’s very rewarding. I think you have some good stuff brewing.

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