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28 Dec 2011
Hi folks,

been a while..

Just wishing everyone a belated Merry Christmas and thought I'd share a Christmas inspired, though non-guitar related, track I wrote today:

Hope you're all well and who knows, maybe I might even start playing guitar again in the new year..


26 Oct 2010
In fact, it was a couple of weeks ago on the 9th but I just returned from my honeymoon.
Anyhow, I thought some of you folks may be interested to know that I composed the music for my wedding ceremony. I wrote pieces for prior to the service, the processional, the signing of the register and the recessional. These were put onto a CD as a favour for the guests at our wedding however I plan to develop my ideas and perhaps make an album of it - maybe release it on my anniversary smile.gif
That said, I have made a teaser/sampler of the tunes and put them up on my myspace site. Check it out and let me know what you think biggrin.gif
2 Sep 2010
This may have gone under the radar a bit since it was in my MTP, but my earliest assignment was to transcribe verse/chorus from a song called When You Believe from the motion picture Prince Of Egypt, in particular the version by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston..

Anyhow, a request to try to improve the arrangement lead to the following, which I kind of started as a joke but I carried on. There are lots of examples of different types of rearrangement so it serves on a functional basis too smile.gif

This isn't mixed and I don't have the time to spend improving it anymore so the levels aren't great, but hopefully it's not too bad.

So here it is for your listening pleasure: When You Be Mashin'

Attached File  When_You_Be_Mashin_.mp3 ( 5.61MB ) Number of downloads: 670

EDIT: I've had a request to give some more detail on how this was recorded and such like. The instrumentation used to record was either my Clavinova or my guitar. These in conjunction with some VSTs, which are pretty outdated now. They include EWQL products (not the Play editions) and Amplitube or Waves Mercury GTR for the guitar/bass. My guitar goes through a GT8 but I only use it for the expression pedal, I very rarely use any of the soundbanks any more. The Clavinova acts as my midi input device for both recording and scoring by key input. When recording expressive instruments like a violin or such, I have a little trick where I use the GT8 expression pedal as a midi controller assigned to the mod wheel, to which I set various controls - usually to control the amount of vibrato or attack, but it varies depending on the musical context. That's about it really. Oh, occassionally, as you'll have one or two times in the above track, I'll use a Reason Drum Refill but I tend to use these for the individual drum sounds. The rhythms and patterns I key in using a midi editor. Sometime I'll steal of sample pattern and tweak it to suit, but most of the time I just key in the notes and velocities/expression envelopes. Bass I will sometimes use a VST instrument, othertimes I'll just play the bass for real, it depends - the funk and rock/metal sections at the end wouldn't work with VST instruments, especially the funk bit - those pops and slaps are easier to just play and record live and they sound better - it just takes a little while (for me) to get the right amount of compression on since my bass is very very twangy and I'm a twangy bass player.
Mixing.. well, that's another matter. I have had some experience in mixing and mastering but, as no doubt you'll be able to tell, I didn't bother here - mainly because there were so many different tracks that I had to keep bouncing and I don't have the time right now on something that was just meant to be a musical "joke". I have more serious songs to write at the moment tongue.gif

At some point, perhaps next week, I may attach the score for the big band section which seems to have garnered the most interest. The harmonisation and instrumentation may appeal to some of you. However, I did write about all that in my articles.. check those out if you're interested wink.gif

Any questions, please feel free to ask. I'm more than happy to try answering them...
30 Aug 2010
Lesson: Riffing with 4ths, from Pedja's Interval Series
Link to the lesson:
Equipment: guitar thru PC with plugins
Comments: *shrug* just had to cobble this one together in a hurry to meet the MTP deadline, so the video and sound quality is not great.

1 Aug 2010
Fusion Collaboration Solo
Lesson found here:
Equipment: Ibanez RG1570, Amplitube 2 (own settings)

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Thank you for sharing the most amazing entertainer known to me... Bill Bailey is extraordinary...
19 Aug 2010 - 18:12
Daniel Realpe
I re-watched your take, and paying a closer look, there are NO major timing issues, only a very minor one on I think the grade should have been 9,
Sorry about that, thanks for clarifying. Great playing!
1 Aug 2010 - 21:15
I replied to your comment on my thread. Please check out my songs on the attached link I posted.
25 Jul 2010 - 3:14
I think Pedja's assigning you transcription exercises to use the tabs himself and sell them. Muahahaha. I'm watching your MTP thread in awe and amusement :D
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Pedja Simovic
You welcome Artemus. I think you are doing really well in REC, hope to see more videos from you!
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