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Here’s a tune I wrote on my acoustic guitar. I added an arrangement. It’s all virtual instruments done in the piano roll of Sonar 8.5.

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At the end; the V/vi resolving to I was a little surprising. Also, I'm not sure double ride cymbals on every beat in that section is the best idea, though maybe I just couldn't hear the playback's backbeat accent.

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Monarcheon,

Thanks for the feedback about the ride cymbals, it’s very helpful. What is a double ride? If you wouldn’t mind, could you please point me to the ride section you are referring to. Are the snare hits too low in volume? I mix in my flat response studio headphones because I have no monitor speakers so I don’t really know how my stuff sounds with any other setup. Thanks again.

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Around 2:40. Before that I can clearly here the difference between ride cymbal and closed hi-hat. In the section after I just hear a bunch of unyielding ride cymbals ("double" meaning two per beat without any sort of meter hierarchy), that themselves don't really seem to have a hierarchy. I could hear the snare and it's backbeat function, but the cymbals still seem a little bit unidiomatic to me. Maybe I'm overthinking it. 

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Monarcheon,

I changed the double ride cymbals in that section to single rides because after your comment, all I could hear was ride cymbals... hehehe. I might decide to put it back to double rides and maybe change to a different cymbal or something because I still tend to double ride the cymbals in that part when I pretend I’m drumming (air drumming). It’s good to get someone else’s perspective. I thought; hmmm, “yeah, that’s too heavy on the rides”. Sometimes I feel like a painter that never steps back a few feet to see the entire picture, know what I mean? So thanks for the outside perspective. If you could give that section another listen, I would most appreciate your opinion. But if not, that’s okay.

UPDATE:

After I posted this response I went back and listened to that section again and it sounded kind of bare, so I put the double ride cymbals back in but reduced the volume on it. I’m no Ringo, but I try and think “How would Ringo do it?”. Way better than me and that’s for sure. I just couldn’t live with one ride every beat, and the hi-hat just didn’t seem to work. So it’s the double ride I guess. What are ya gonna do? hehehe. Thanks Monarcheon, I still very much appreciate your feedback, and if you get a chance I’d sure appreciate it if you could give it another listen and let me know what you think. But if not, that’s okay.

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