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Some new Recordings... anyone spare 3:20?

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JustJeff  
9 Feb 2009 13:53 | Quote
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So I've been writing some pieces to play around with in my solo fingerstyle repertoire, but I've sort of hit a stalemate with all of them. I feel that maybe I can share a few of them with you and get some feedback and that will spur some new things to come out.

Here's what I got:

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7322241

Song 1:
Capo 2nd fret, Chords are:
F, G, Em, Asus2, F, G, Asus2

Song 2:
Csus4, C, G6, F6, running the E and B strings

Song 3:
Asus2(with hammer ons), Cadd9, F, G

Song 4:
C, G, Em, C, G, D


As you can see, I write a lot of my stuff in C major and A minor. It just sounds natural to me. I'll have to transcribe some of those to different keys when I get chance, but ya. That's what I got so far.

Any feedback?
RelaxedDude  
9 Feb 2009 17:30 | Quote
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As a fellow fingerstylist I have to say that that was very good

The second and fourth songs were my favourite, mostly cause I love the tapping thing
soy.el.che  
9 Feb 2009 19:45 | Quote
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as ive said before, your playin is great
Phip  
9 Feb 2009 20:12 | Quote
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Hey Jeff,
First, you know my music theory skills are limited so forgive me if you don't like the sound of this. On the first song you have
F, G, Em, Asus2, F, G, Asus2
now for a chorus how about changing key (B) and playing
C#m7, G#m (pinky finger on the third beat B string 9th fret)
F#m, B, then back to your verse.
Sounded ok when i came up with it.
I like them all but only had time to play with the first one.
Remember I don't know what i'm doing so consider the source!
Phip
JustJeff  
9 Feb 2009 20:21 | Quote
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@RelaxedDude - Thank you! Ya, that drum beat really keeps you in the swing of things. I enjoy writing pieces with it in, but it is extremely hard to make sure that you keep doing it >.<

@soy.el.che - Thanks again! I appreciate the compliment

@Phip - I tried to see how I could ease into the key change, but i can't find a good transition. Maybe if I find a good chord that will ease myself into it, like instead of resolving on the Asus2, resolving on some chord that will lead me into the C#m7. I'll see what I can find. Thanks for the suggestion!
Phip  
9 Feb 2009 20:30 | Quote
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@ JustJeff,
Yeah, I know what you mean, that's why i threw in that little switch to a quick C# sus4. It seemed to help quite a bit. And now that i look at my first post i see that i wrote my little note in the wrong place. the brackets should be after the C#m not the G#m
Phip
JustJeff  
10 Feb 2009 07:54 | Quote
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Maybe to stay relative to the key I'm working in, I could play in Either F Major or G Major, maybe use the 5/5 rule...

i.e. - Throw out a D major to land on, making our new resolution at G

Since G major has many of the same chords as C Major, I don't think there will be that much of a problem trying to go from one to the other.
Empirism  
10 Feb 2009 11:20 | Quote
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Just listened that. Very promising. Cant wait you get it ready. I loved the melody, so smooth.

Cheers!
JustJeff  
11 Feb 2009 18:39 | Quote
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@Empirism - Thanks for the compliment. I appreciate it!

C'mon now guys, i need some constructive criticism! Tear me a new one or something! These songs will never get finished if I don't get inspired!
HeavyGuitar  
15 Feb 2009 11:02 | Quote
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I don't listen much to acoustic stuff, but really enjoyed this:)
Good job man;)
JazzMaverick  
15 Feb 2009 12:44 | Quote
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You don't need to transcribe these, Jeff. I'm not kidding when I say these are terrific. Seriously. You've improved a lot and this is something I'd most definitely listen to. I've already downloaded it :D This is the kind of music that can really move me. You've done a great job.

Timing is a slight issue, and everynow and then it sounds like it's a little difficult reaching a few notes, but that's all down to more time, and everything is really good.

I'd like to hear the full versions of these songs!
RelaxedDude  
15 Feb 2009 12:57 | Quote
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JazzMaverick says:
I'd like to hear the full versions of these songs!


I second that bro
JustJeff  
16 Feb 2009 13:30 | Quote
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RelaxedDude says:
I second that bro


I third that!

I want to hear the finished version of these, but don't really know what to do with them. I should be meeting with one of my friends who is a singer/violinist and maybe something can come out in a little jam session to further these songs along. We'll see what happens.


The timing issues is just me being nervous with a mic infront, and the unwillingness of me wanting to re-record past a 1st or 2nd take :-P
JazzMaverick  
17 Feb 2009 14:36 | Quote
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I'm a bro now hahaha

Anyway Jeff; keep it up. If you're nervous infront of the mic you'll have an even worse time infront of people. Try and play infront of your family every now and then, that should help concer a little bit of your fear.

I'm always nervous when it comes to singing infront of people, then once i actually get on stage I'm fine. Just try not to worry about it. :D

Dun Worry, Be Happy...
BodomBeachTerror  
17 Feb 2009 14:47 | Quote
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JazzMaverick says:
I'm always nervous when it comes to singing infront of people, then once i actually get on stage I'm fine. Just try not to worry about it.


yeah same with me when i was in choir. when i was doing solos i was always nervous about it before hand but when i started i was fine
JustJeff  
17 Feb 2009 17:05 | Quote
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I've played at an open mic twice now, and both times seemed like it was a disaster for me. The first time was a small little get together, and I didn't do that bad.

However, the 2nd time around i did REALLY bad. Almost too the point of I never want to see the videos of it again... but I do have one of them online... and I'm just mad at myself for such a poor performance.

Oh well, it was the first time out there. I'm thinking of trying again with some new material come next month. Should be interesting to see how it all pans out.


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