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(@poorpetebest)
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I found a used MD recorder on Ebay for $11 and decided to buy it. These things are amazing! Definitely an improvement on my old method.

Here is me playing with my new toy. This is a song that was adapted from a Bob Dylan bootleg by a fantastic bluegrass band called Old Crow Medicine Show.

http://poorpetebest.googlepages.com/WagonWheel.mp3

I think there is some more to be learned as far as sensitivity is concerned. It came with a nice stereo condenser mic but the guitar seems to make it pop every once in awhile. I'll have to keep toying with it I think. Also, the recording was just a quick, off the cuff kind of thing. The guitar is way too simple in my opinion and I need to find a way to pretty it up.


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(@dogbite)
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(@poorpetebest)
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That's odd, it's working fine for me. The address is correct. It should pop up a download box or play in your browser when you click on it.


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 cnev
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Pete,

It worked for me,nice playing and you definitely have the voice for this song sounds good. The Rock me momma part could use a bit of work at least the first time it comes up.

Otherwise very nice.

PS - You'll get extra points if your a "Husker" fan.

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(@dogbite)
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it works now. go figure. you have a great voice for this. would you mind if I put some lap slide behind your stuff?
not right away, but eventually. I would enjoy a colaboration.

you are a talented player singer. your guitar work is similar to mine, but your vocals run circles around my cracky voice.

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(@dneck)
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ahh one of my favorite old crow songs. You know they wrote all of the verses, bob dylan sung the chorus on a bootleg with verses that noone could understand.

As for your recording the rhythm guitar is good. On verse 3 there are some dynamics during the "Walking to the south out of roanoke" part. The guitar should change rhythms and essentially stop until the "I got to get a move on" part when it should jump right back in to the standard rhythm. It does a lot to hold interest during that third verse. Also if dog ever does add lap steel you should put the breaks back in, I could play mandolin and sing too if you want.

I think you have a good voice and you sing the song well, but you are not singing it with enough feeling. During the parts like "at least I will die free" you have to be bearing your soul out there.

Anyways nice job, I sing this song with my friends often.

"And above all, respond to all questions regarding a given song's tonal orientation in the following manner: Hell, it don't matter just kick it off!"
-Chris Thile


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(@smokindog)
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Nice
BTW I like this a lot 8) nice Tune :D Wish I could do somthing like this

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(@poorpetebest)
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Thanks again for the compliments. And I would love to collaborate! Please feel free to add to it or let me know if you want me to rework something. Speaking of, I recorded another version trying to take into account what you said Dneck. This version has little more tempo too.

http://poorpetebest.googlepages.com/WagonWheelv2.mp3
Any idea how to get rid of those random pops?

*Edit:

Actually, I like this one better:

http://poorpetebest.googlepages.com/WagonWheelv3.mp3


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(@dneck)
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I like the way you sing on version 3. Your voice is has a clear bell like tone, great for singing bluegrass. I tried to sing like Jay Clifford for my first few years, so I have trouble singing without vibrato.

Thats better on the guitar for verse 3 too, still not quite how I play it but that doesn't matter. I could upload a mp3 if your interested, but I think that people should interpret covers on their own anyways.

Honestly this is one of the best covers i've seen up here, I didn't find myself wishing I was listening to the real thing. (probably the worst thing that can happen during a cover) so great job!

Some other Old crow songs I really enjoy playing are "Take away these chains" and "Cocaine." I always wanted to learn "I hear them all" do you know if anyone has tabbed it out?

"And above all, respond to all questions regarding a given song's tonal orientation in the following manner: Hell, it don't matter just kick it off!"
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(@dneck)
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Oh and as for the pop that your noticing. Condensers are very sensitive to air movement. You should buy a Pop filter, basically its pantyhose stretched over a circle but it stops the air movement and will keep away the pops.

For a temporary fix, angle your mic so that it is not pointing directly into the sound hole. Lately I have been moving my mic's further and further away, it seems like you can get a more vibrant full sound with a little distance between you and the mic.

"And above all, respond to all questions regarding a given song's tonal orientation in the following manner: Hell, it don't matter just kick it off!"
-Chris Thile


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