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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MultipleMike wrote:</div>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.

    Thanks :) Well in September I am starting a creative writing course at college so that may help with my lyrical abilities 😉 For now I am going to have to try and write something simple to go with the track.

    I’ll keep updating!

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    My first try and writing a rhythm and lead guitar part. Thoughts?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZUqCp8IurQ

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    Very good. It’s a lot fuller and has more emotional pull. I’m particularly fond of the portion from 0:50 – 1:05. I’m also still loving the rhythm changes. You’re good at those. Keep making use of them.

    The only criticism I can make is that the lead meanders slightly towards the end, but I’m assuming a good portion of the lead was improvised. Otherwise, I like it a lot.

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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MultipleMike wrote:</div>Very good. It’s a lot fuller and has more emotional pull. I’m particularly fond of the portion from 0:50 – 1:05. I’m also still loving the rhythm changes. You’re good at those. Keep making use of them.

    The only criticism I can make is that the lead meanders slightly towards the end, but I’m assuming a good portion of the lead was improvised. Otherwise, I like it a lot.

    Thanks! I did improvise all of it, and I am having trouble remembering what exactly I was playing. I have an idea of the frets I was in but it’s going to be hard to get it the exact same next time I record it. I have just uploaded a piano track idea if you’re interested in hearing it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUI9zBkQpe0

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    I’m not as fond of that one. It’s more the style than anything. I’ve never cared much for that kind of twee-piano sound. As always, however, what matters most to me is what gets built on top of it. I’ve always disliked the piano in Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” for example, but I think the song is enjoyable regardless.

    EDIT: Going back to the previous song, for so much improvisation the lead was pretty fantastic. There are parts that sound very deliberate and satisfying.

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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MultipleMike wrote:</div>I’m not as fond of that one. It’s more the style than anything. I’ve never cared much for that kind of twee-piano sound. As always, however, what matters most to me is what gets built on top of it. I’ve always disliked the piano in Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” for example, but I think the song is enjoyable regardless.

    EDIT: Going back to the previous song, for so much improvisation the lead was pretty fantastic. There are parts that sound very deliberate and satisfying.

    Really? I love the piano in Two Weeks. But each to their own :) Thanks for your kind comments about the lead, however, it wasn’t met with the same approval on the Ultimate Guitar forum (pretty disheartening). I’d imagine it’s because most UG users are into metal and it’s pretty simple – which metalheads seem to dislike – and the fact I neglected to mention I improvised it. I admit it needs tidying up a bit, but I think parts of it are good – parts are, admittedly, repetitive.

    I am going to create a SoundCloud with my creations on and I will post a link on this thread when I have done so. I recorded a piece the other night with my NEW Fender Strat, but it sounded really tinny compared to my Vintage semi-acoustic. It has a horrible sound, despite being more expensive. Do you have any ideas why that is?

    Thanks :)

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    Strats sound kind of thin and tinny to begin with. I ended up switching the bridge pickup on mine to a DiMarzio Tone Zone S, which is a single coil humbucker, to thicken the sound. I use a Zoom 505 II multi-effect guitar pedal which also helps, because you can get a good range of different sounds out of it.

    Don’t get too discouraged by the UG forum. The more you record, the more you’ll recognize what works and what doesn’t. Did they offer any constructive criticism at least?

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    <div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>MultipleMike wrote:</div>Strats sound kind of thin and tinny to begin with. I ended up switching the bridge pickup on mine to a DiMarzio Tone Zone S, which is a single coil humbucker, to thicken the sound. I use a Zoom 505 II multi-effect guitar pedal which also helps, because you can get a good range of different sounds out of it.

    Don’t get too discouraged by the UG forum. The more you record, the more you’ll recognize what works and what doesn’t. Did they offer any constructive criticism at least?

    Just that my rhythm guitar playing was “tight” and “good”. Most said the lead was too simple. I don’t like technical riffs, most simple riffs sound good.

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    Damn! I haven’t posted for a while on this thread. Anyway, I am off on Summer holidays so have had lots of free time. I have come up with some new tracks and was planning on recording some tonight, however, I wasn’t really in the mood. Nonetheless, I got one song recorded which is in a VERY rough state at the moment. Could you take a listen and give me some feedback? Thanks :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTQpILjC3c&feature=youtu.be

    NB: Excuse some minor errors. I improvised some parts (you can probably tell which bits).

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    Very nice! The opening riff is the best thing you’ve posted so far, I think. The notes have room to breathe, and there’s a nice soothing atmosphere permeating it. I also still like the less conventional structures which have been in pretty much of all of your demos so far. It feels very post-rock, but in condensed form. Sure, some of it sounds noticeably improvised, and the ending sounds a bit too abrupt, but none of this is written in stone. Keep developing it and re-recording it as it evolves. It’s your best yet, and you’ll probably top it several times over.

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    Been a while since I have posted on here.

    I was messing around with drop D tuning the other day and came up with a rhythm piece. Tonight, after about 3hrs of messing around with different notes/frets, I have created a lead piece which (sort of) matches the rhythm piece… it’s a bit iffy here and there, however, I was improvising parts – none of it was written prior. I have no knowledge of scales, so chose positions that sounded right by ear. What are your thoughts?

    Cheers

    #12780

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    The rhythm and the lead are coming together a lot nicer. The lead is more intricate than I expected, I must say. Don’t worry about it being iffy in spots, you’re still exploring what works for you and what doesn’t.

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    Thanks, Mike. I have tabbed all of my efforts so far and have around 6 full songs, inc. 2 piano based tracks.

    I recently started pissing about with weird tunings, namely once frequented by one of my new favourite bands: Pavement. Here’s a piece that I created using similar tunings to that in their song “We Are Underused”:

    https://soundcloud.com/mike-ross-52/my-song

    Thoughts/opinions welcome from anyone. Please be critical :)

    Cheers

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    I had some free time today to record this: https://soundcloud.com/narddawg-2/zion

    I came up with the main riff yesterday and improvised the other parts. I also have recently purchased a MIDI keyboard and used the synth effects for some backing parts.

    I’d love to hear some of your opinions… :)

    #13972

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    You’ve made huge progress in a very short while. This is good! I’m thinking a sunny, psychedelic Explosions in the Sky.

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