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Everyone covers this song:

I'm an everyone.

This was about my 5th-6th take when I realized I just needed to stop, I'd be on all night (maybe all month) if I tried ironing it out to the point where I smoothed out every flubbed note. Overall, I think it's not too bad. It's interesting to contrast this with the one I did about two years ago:

It sounds way better on acoustic, IMO -- but I don't have one any more. It sounds a little too fast in some areas, a little two slow in others -- but it's interesting, because if you compare it with Mason Williams' version (at least the one I've got) it's about 25 seconds over the length of his (2:36) so he must be really cooking when he plays it.

Anyway, any comments/tips/suggestions would be helpful.

Used to be, was a part of me felt like hiding.. but now it comes through. Comes through to you.

Posted : 20/02/2007 12:08 pm
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ok matey you been sat there all day and not a single feedback, so this is what i get, the notes are mainly correct and starts well it tends to get a bit lost in the later stages as well...also the recording is somewhat muffled ....i think if you played the whole thing on an acoustic infront of a mic it would have come across alot better...but hey i play this as well and i know the work and timing involved so GOOD SHOT and stick at go and listen to my entry GLORY OF LOVE and give me a dam good thrashing :lol: all best ..smoke


Posted : 20/02/2007 5:31 pm
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Keep up the good work buddy, you're getting there.
It's nicely done, you're on the right track.
Take the time it needs to get to the level you want.

But you might need more than just a month to get to that level:

I know that even if I spend the rest of my life (which is not that much anymore) practicing 24 hours a day I'll never get there.

Posted : 21/02/2007 12:41 am
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Sounds OK to me - nice playing - but the whole thing sounds very muddy - that's a technical term for "Not Very Clear"....I'd like to hear it re-done, but with much less bass and a touch more treble and middle.....

Look forward to hearing version #2 - a bit more clearly....

Nice playing, though!

:D :D :D


"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)

Posted : 21/02/2007 12:52 am
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I think you're not far from nailing this one. Keep at it. :D


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Posted : 21/02/2007 2:45 am
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I also think you are close to nailing this. Keep at it.

Posted : 21/02/2007 4:03 am
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Thanks. As for the recording quality Vic, I don't know what I could do. I know the bass is a bit too much and I can normalize it to get rid of the screech (for lack of a better word) of the high bass notes, but other than that... I am looking into working w/ VST plugins, though.

I just wanted to say -- I recommend this song to anyone who wants to learn something recognizable quickly. This is easy to pick up, but it's hard to perfect. I learned this about two years ago, it was the first song I ever learned on guitar and two years from then and it's still not perfect (though I haven't been working at it much over those two years, I just started playing it again). In another two years I'll be closer to playing it perfectly.

Also a plus: it has no lyrics.

Used to be, was a part of me felt like hiding.. but now it comes through. Comes through to you.

Posted : 24/02/2007 11:44 pm
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I took another listen - and you're definitely more fluent than your original version....

I love this piece, and it's instantly recognisable, so - you're halfway there, at least. I wouldn't even try to play this yet - way out of my league.....

Smokehouse and Sleutelbos are good guys to ask about sound quality - I know they've both given me good tips in the past - you might try asking them via PM about sound quality? wouldn't you just love to hear your music recorded clearly?

Nice playing, deserves to be heard in better quality - please, ask someone who's good at recording music clearly for advice! There are plenty of good guys here to ask....and I'm sure they'd be only too happy to help!!!

Maybe if you posed the question under "In the Studio" or "Mixed Shaken and Stirred" you'd get some good recording advice?

:D :D :D


"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)

Posted : 25/02/2007 1:45 am
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I liked the tone on the first one better, I think you are a lot closer on #2 :D keep up the good work 8) I'm an old hippie myself so I remember the original being played on the FM radio back in the 60's 8)

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Posted : 25/02/2007 2:10 am
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Nice playing. I thought you're better at some parts than others so you might benefit from concentrating on those parts that you are weaker at. I leave it to you to decide which parts those are :)

Thanks for sharing.


Posted : 26/02/2007 12:27 am
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Not a bad job at all. Your getting close to nailing the original. Much better than I could do. Maybe you should try putting more of yourself into the song and not worrying so much about getting it exactly like Mason does it.

Have you heard Tommy Emanuel's version? He does it a little more free form, not so much like the original. You can check it out here if you want some additional inspiration.

Tommy E. is "THE BEST" guitar player I've ever seen. Check out some of his other stuff while you're out there.

It ain't what you play man, its how you play it.

Posted : 02/03/2007 7:28 pm