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 Taso
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Hey guys, havn't posted anything new here in a while

Smokindogg posted this backing track up in the online collabs forum, and I improved over it. Just a blues in Bm, did it in one take, I'm pretty happy with it, not exactly how I wanted it, but thats the beautey of improv I suppose.

As always, tips, comments, criticisms are welcome!

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(@anonymous)
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Pretty cool.

It didn't feel bluesy to me though. Felt more..........more........tribal........if that's the right word. Though I like it better like that.


   
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(@geek-in-the-pink)
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Good job!! That was really cool sounding, tone-wise and playing-wise. It kinda reminded me of "Ain't No Sunshine". (I don't know who that's orignally by...) I like the run around 45 seconds!


   
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 vink
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Sounds very nice. It's actually real great for a single take improve. You are really staying with the groove all the way through.

(In terms of constructive criticism .. maybe couple of the bends were slightly flat).

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Nice take!

Did you do it using a direct out, a modeler, or did you mike an amp?. I'm hearing a boxiness on your guitar that could either be reflections from the room, or artifacts from the reverb on your guitar clashing with the ambient reverb on the track.

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(@jonetoe)
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I liked it sometimes those backtracks you can nail pretty good in one take, others you can never get (well me anyway) liked the very end part


   
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 Taso
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Thanks for listening guys and for the comments,

Vink, thanks I'll have to listen to it more and watch out for the bends in my future playing, appreciate the suggestion

Moonrider, my set up goes like this > LP>Fender HRD and I have a standard computer micraphone that records it all...If I move in my chair, it'll pick that up. What do you mean by boxiness?

Thanks for the comments everyone, as always, any other comments/suggestions/criticism is more than welcome.

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Moonrider, my set up goes like this > LP>Fender HRD and I have a standard computer micraphone that records it all...If I move in my chair, it'll pick that up. What do you mean by boxiness?

For an extreme example, stick the mic in a cardboard box. and record something. What I heard wasn't that pronounced though.

I'm guessing the mic is fairly far away from the amp when you record? Maybe sitting on a computer desk across the room?

If that's the case, I'm hearing sound reflected from the walls of the room.

When you use a mic out in a room away from the source of your sound, not only are you recording your sound source, but also the echos of that sound from every hard surface in that room (ever shout or clap your hands in an empty gym? like that). Each one of these reflected sound waves reaches the mic at a different time. Depending on when these reflected sound waves arrive, certain frequencies can be reinforced to sound louder, or cancelled out to disappear.

Here's something to try that will let you hear what I'm talking about.

Fire up Audacity, and click Generate -> Tone. Use the default settings to generate a 440 hz tone (which is an A note btw). Play the generated tone at a moderate volume, and walk around the room as it plays. Listen, and note what happens to the volume of the tone as you walk around.

Here's some links to more info:
http://www.indiana.edu/~emusic/acoustics/reverb.htm
http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/GBSSCI/PHYS/Class/sound/u11l1a.html

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 Taso
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Moonrider, the only thing is, my mic is about 3 feet from my amp, so I don't think it's that...Maybe it was just the reverb setting?

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Moonrider, the only thing is, my mic is about 3 feet from my amp, so I don't think it's that...Maybe it was just the reverb setting?

Three feet is a long way when recording, and absolutely far enough away to be considered a "room" mic that's picking up a lot of reflected sound.

Normally I place my mic as close to the grille of the amp as I can without touching, with the mic about halfway betwen the center and edge of the speaker, like so:

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 Taso
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Got ya, thanks a lot, will definitly keep that in mind for next time.

Any other comments/criticisms?

Taso

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(@dan-t)
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Good job Taso. Nice licks & runs. 8) My only suggestion would be to change up the tone a bit on a longer song like this by switching pick up combinations once in awhile during the little "breaks", just for some variety. That, or maybe kick in a Wah Wah pedal or stomp on the distortion, just something to mix it up alittle.

Dan :D

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Well done Taso :D I got to get me a HRD :D ( maybe a Blues JR anyway :lol: ) nice sound--the dog

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 Taso
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thanks guys,
dntalb, yeah definitly agree with you. I was tempted to use the wah-wah for that exact reason, but part of me wanted to do it without any gimicks and tricks you know? But wah is definitly a good idea.

smokindog, it's a great amp! thanks bud.

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Really cool sounding, I love guitar playing with that tone. Keep it up.


   
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