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  1. I wrote this on my acoustic guitar. This is a virtual instrument acoustic guitar. It’s out front at the start but soon gets kind of lost in the mix. I worked so hard at crafting the finger picking and now I can’t hardly hear it. Why am I complaining? I’m the one who covered it up! Don’t know why, but the last part reminds me of “Toy Story” with Woody and the gang sitting on the fender as the car drives into the sunset. Yes, no, maybe?
  2. Very nice piece for only having two chords. Just goes to show you, music doesn’t have to be complicated to be interesting. You pulled it off. It is indeed a dark piece and would play nicely in a suspenseful movie scene for sure. I don’t know if it’s just because I love minor 6 chords but the second of the of the two chords has an implied minor 6 in my ears... I can’t tell if it’s really in there or not. That doesn’t matter anyway because the piece works. Great build up. I really like where it becomes rhythmic with the arco? strings.. I might have my terminology wrong (is arco a sort of chop, chop on the strings?) Anyway, you’ve also made effective use of the percussion towards the end with the big cymbals along side the higher strings. Nicely done!
  3. Live long and prosper. You might need to turn the bass down. It sounds fine on my listening device but I have the bass eq turned down a bit.
  4. This is an acoustic guitar song that I wrote (currently in instrumental form). Kind of has an Elizabethan vibe. Transferred all guitar notes one by one from my real guitar to a virtual instrument guitar in the Sonar 8.5 piano roll then filled it out with an arrangement. Tedious? Yeah, a bit, but I enjoy working like that. The uploaded mp3 sounds heavy on the bass but I use an eq on my listening device to reduce bass. Feel free to comment. I uploaded the mp3 below but here’s a soundcloud link if you prefer:
  5. mark styles, Thanks for the kind words. I know the title doesn't really fit the vibe but it kinda stuck with me. Maybe if I ever write lyrics for it, the title will change. I don't care to write lyrics, unless they just come to me effortlessly... which doesn't happen often. All in all it's too much of a chore coming up with rhymes. I just love writing and arranging tunes. I don't know the last time I woke up in the morning without some tune rattling around in my head. Sometimes it's stuff I'm working on, sometimes it's an annoying TV jingle I've heard, sometimes a random song that I like or even one I don't like from a pop band or recording artist.. and on very rare occasions a piece of music I've never heard before like I'm listening to a radio. The human brain is a mysterious thing don't-chya know. :)
  6. I posted this song a while back but I've cleaned up the voicing and arrangement a bit and thought I'd see what people think. How's the mix? How's the volume on the bass? I'd be interested to know as it's an important element in this song. Feel free to comment. Here's a box link in case the YC uploaded mp3 doesn't work: https://app.box.com/s/4tkorjvexaeez05oqog9ciky7mzhqdvy
  7. Thanks brickblock369, glad you enjoyed it. :)
  8. Here's an instrumental I wrote for no particular reason other than a challenge to write a guitar song completely with a virtual guitar in the Sonar 8.5 piano roll. I didn't allow myself to utilize a real guitar just for the challenge. Therefore I don't actually know if the guitar parts are in proper form, but it sounded good to my ears so I filled it in with an arrangement; drums, strings, etc. Hope it comes across well. Here's a box.com link: https://app.box.com/s/5pohfncrhmxa732qzu1l3w6on2zxvwyr or you can listen via the YC uploaded file. Feel free to comment on any aspect of the piece.
  9. mark styles, Very cool that you got to hang out with Badfinger and drive them around back in the day. Even more cool that you saw the Beatles live!!! It's very tragic about Pete Ham's suicide and then later Tom Evans. Very sad that the world lost the beautiful talents of these two guys. It must be a cherished memory for you to have spent some time with them. Thanks for posting that Naturally 7 video. I love that dense orchestral chord at the very end. Been trying to figure out what it is. My best guess is a "minor 6 add 9" or maybe a "minor 9 add 6", but I think that one would have more dissonance so I'm going with the former, but I'm still probably wrong. I love chords! Who doesn't, right?! "Without You", in my book, is right up there with Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)", Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" (Yeah I know he ripped off the haunting chord progression of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, but man did it work!).. and add to that list "Bridge Over Troubled Water", and the grand daddy of them all, "The Long And Winding Road". What can I say?... I love melancholy melodies. Oddly, every song I just named are piano songs. I do miss the musicality of 60's and 70's ballads when interesting piano chords ruled the day.
  10. Thanks mark styles, you know how to cheer me up... I LOVE Gilbert O’Sullivan and of course The Beatles. I don’t run into many Gilbert fans these days. He was like an Irish Bob Dylan only with a piano, but not as heavy on the social commentaries and, of course, he had McCartney’s melodic sensibilities. I just love that guys music (O’Sullivan that is), and McCartney too but that goes without saying. So thanks for noticing my two biggest influences, I’m glad it shows! This song though, was actually sort of my attempt at writing a “Without You” kind of melody (the Harry Nilsson version). “Without You” was actually written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of Badfinger but Nilsson’s version became a worldwide sensation. I just love that song... McCartney does too. I’m sure he wishes he had written it. And yeah, check out Ivor Slaney! He had that quintessential care free happy vibe for those musical scores of 50’s TV commercials in the US. You can’t listen to his music without it putting you in your happy place... and making you want to go by a new dishwasher.
  11. Here's a song I wrote on piano. I love music from the 60's and 70's. That's why it sounds kind of retro. I just like writing melodies that I want to hum. The melody is the synth (really just a vocal guide for if I ever sing it). Anyway enjoy an early 70's kind of melody if you're into that period. Here's a box.com link to it in addition to the uploaded mp3: https://app.box.com/s/tgn6sksdognxsnqscvi9iagxqay6pt49
  12. Groovy, the bridge reminds me of Chicago’s “Mississippi Delta City Blues”. Here it is on YouTube https://youtu.be/3hkv7-FaYes Terry Kath was brilliant.
  13. I accidentally made a double post for my piece "You Know It's True" and can't find a way to delete one of them. All I can do is edit and or delete an uploaded file. Does anyone know how to delete an entire posting by the one who posted it?
  14. You made my day knowing that I turned someone on to Ivor Slaney's music. :) Actually, I just found him a few months ago myself, oddly enough because I heard some wonderfully whimsical background music in some obscure video game. The game fortunately had a tiny picture of an album cover so I zoomed in and was able to make out the blurred name "Ivor Slaney". I went straight to YouTube and BAM! I struck gold! I think the music in that game was "Window Gazing"... It grabbed me from the first few notes and hooked me with the pizzicato! I listened to everything I could find by this little known genius and love every single thing that I found. It was like.. shame on me for never having heard of him. Anyway, I've been listening to your stuff here at YC and I must say that you are far and away the best talent I've heard on this forum! I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I don't often comment on pieces posted here at YC unless I'm really impressed at which point then I can't help but to comment. So here's a comment; I LOVE your stuff!!! Listening to your music makes me a better composer/arranger. Like Slaney, I can imagine some of your music (and this is met as a compliment) as the background music of a 1950's dishwasher commercial in that bizarre 1950's consumer oriented period of American life. I say "bizarre" because it was such a naive idealized image that the public was being sold. Your music is a little anachronistic and that's a plus in my book. I think that particular musical style you achieve, like Slaney, is somehow innate in all of us. Maybe Slaney originated it, I don't know. But it sure pushes the happy button in our brains. It says; "I'm happy, you're happy, everybody and everything is happy and there is nothing to worry about, just buy more stuff and be even happier". Of course - to buy more stuff - sounds great in theory but definitely as we now know, it is not. It's led to too much CO2 in the atmosphere among many other bad things. But that musical style is just so damn happy that it must uplift anyone who hears it. No reason to think that that musical magic can't be the "new" musical soundtrack for sequestering CO2 out of the atmosphere. Maybe you're the one that could bring it back! We need "happy" again, only this time we'll hopefully do it right. Not that absurd facade of the lily white America of the 50's of course, but a true happiness of racial diversity and ecological awareness. As for the new "green" movement, it needs a musical background that can inspire hope and happiness 'cause right now it's all looking pretty damn grim. Like they say; "What's old is new again" (in this case, as it pertains to music). We humans are helpless to fight the power of great musical composition/arranging that utilizes that whimsical pizzicato/woodwind pairing but only in the hands of a capable composer. And you're that capable composer my friend. I know I'm laying it on heavy but music is powerful medicine. And we need trained doctors on this ailing planet. We need another Ivor Slaney. Even if one finds him/herself in the darkest of moods and wants only to stew in a depressed state, all it takes is a kitten hopping playfully through the tall grass to magically melt away that mindset... if only for that moment. Yes... you are the kitten. That's the power you possess with your music. I think it was Stan Lee who said "With great power comes great responsibility". So use your power wisely young padwan. I know you will. :)
  15. Very nice!!! Very, VERY nice! Reminds me of Ivor Slaney and that's a high compliment because I LOVE Ivor Slaney. Were you inspired by Slaney? It's too short... I want more! You've got real talent! Keep 'em coming!
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