Dream Chaser

by David OToole

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  • Hi GMC-ers! If you ever find yourself at a gig, having busted 5 strings and just left
    with your hi E, well here's a little tune you can do :).

    This tune is called 'Dream Chaser', and uses only the open E string and select
    notes from it. However, even with little note input, a multitude of notes and
    patterns appear!


    Dream Chaser Notes

    # Use downstrokes throughout (See video 9 if you need any further insight on this)
    # Pull-off every fretted note (to Open E String)
    # Dampen unused strings with right hand
    # Listen out for the two melodies running simultaneously
    # See Video 3 Text for Delay Settings used

    As this is a solo guitar piece, there is no backing track. However I have
    provided a practice backing track which you can work with.

    Play each video piece separately (and slowly if necessary), until you can
    play it up to speed without mistakes, then put all the pieces together.

    As mentioned in the talkie (video 2), you can find out more about Timed Delays, Speeds and how to work them out here at this GMC 'Edge Style' lesson >>> https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/U2-the-edge-lesson/


    Just 3 chords are used on the backing track: A Minor, E, and D Minor. Although
    on the track they are played on Keyboards, but very simple chords on the guitar


    ...Am .................E ........


    ...Dm ...............

    If you listen to the track on headphones you can hear the sound panning from
    left to right which was added with the effects in Cubase.

    There's also a percussive 'Bodhrán' (Irish word, pronounced Bow-rawn'), type of sound going on in the background tapping out a beat. Listen on 'phones and you can hear it clearly.

    A Bodhrán is an Irish instrument which is basically a stretched animal hide across a circular wooden frame, which is beaten rhythmically with a 'stick'. This stick is called a 'Tipper', and this instrument is used a lot in Traditional Irish music.

    But I didn't use a Bodhrán. Any suggestions how that was done? Kris and Maria have offered an all expenses paid 'Commercial Flight into Space' prize for the first correct answer! LOL just kidding, now that would be a Dream! :)
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