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New Original Piece - Anyone feel like giving input?

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JustJeff  
9 Apr 2009 12:28 | Quote
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Hey guys! It's me again. Finally got down to writing a bit more original material. I've been working in a very weird tuning to try and see what kind of ranges I can find. This piece was completely inspired by Erik Mongrain, and I feel that a lot of the influence on how I play it comes from him and Antoine Dufour.

CLICK THE EMBEDDED PLAYER BELOW INSTEAD OF LINKING :)

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7503821
For now, the title of the piece is "Mongrain" but I will think of something a bit more unique later.

The tuning is: BF#DF#AC#

I play the strings separately at the beginning so if you want to tune to it you can... and basically to let me remember what the tuning is incase I forget :)

Any feedback would be awesome.

Just Testing... Haha! It works! You can just click the embedded code below to save you some time :)

blackholesun  
9 Apr 2009 12:43 | Quote
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It sounds great, really interesting.
BodomBeachTerror  
9 Apr 2009 12:59 | Quote
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i liked it, nice job
JustJeff  
9 Apr 2009 13:01 | Quote
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Thanks for the input. I know it sorta loops a lot. I have a hard time extrapolating ideas beyond what I already have. Something I need to work on... but for these cases: i can deal with writing 1:50 songs :)

This makes 5 pieces that I need to finish...
Phip  
9 Apr 2009 13:23 | Quote
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Jeff,
I also really liked the sound of that tuning! Keep going with that song until it's done. Very Nice!
Phip
case211  
9 Apr 2009 14:20 | Quote
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very nice sound, i like the tuning being different like that too, it has a unique kind of sound. keep working on it, can't wait to hear the final product!
bull_dog998  
9 Apr 2009 15:59 | Quote
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That was realy good, And it sounds like your hiting on your guitar for the bass part,
JustJeff  
9 Apr 2009 18:28 | Quote
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@case211:
Thanks for the comment. I'll see if I can actually finish this one.

@bull_dog998
I am hitting the guitar for a sort of rhythm feelings. I picked it up from Andy McKee and Antoine Dufour.


This is my old Epiphone with a broken headstock. I ended up reglueing the headstock on and put on some new strings: surprised it still sounds decent.


JazzMaverick  
10 Apr 2009 13:55 | Quote
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Jeff, your music is awesome, seriously gets into my soul everytime, you've got great talent. I really hope you keep it up!! Plus, you have to give me your CD when you've finished recording it, SIGNED :D :D :D :D I mean it when I say you could go somewhere with this stuff, so I really hope you do, and you enjoy every moment!

Does your broken Epi actually stay in tune? Usually it's a pain in the ass to try and keep in tune once it's been broken.
ArcticWolf  
10 Apr 2009 16:15 | Quote
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Dude, I just started playing guitar so I can't really give you any tips, but this is fantastic!!! You should upload a video of you playing this on Youtube and you will become well known!!
JustJeff  
10 Apr 2009 21:34 | Quote
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@jazzmaverick
Actually, it has no problem staying in tune, which is weird. I thought it would struggle greatly but other than the normal wear and tear from playing... meaning it just gets flat after a while, like a half hour or so. With the tuning on this song it, the low E tends to go out of tune pretty fast, but it is also tuned like, 3 steps down so the lack of tension is the cause. I think I did a pretty decent job with the repair. I still have to sand it down and try to make it look less like a "Fixed" guitar and more of a regular guitar.

@arcticwolf
Thank you for the kind words! I've put some of my stuff on YouTube but it's nothing special (in my eyes). I have a few originals and a few covers but I think I could definitely record something better. I haven't been playing guitar that long so I still make LOTS and LOTS of mistakes.

It's all about influences man! Listen to good music and good music just flows from you.
JazzMaverick  
11 Apr 2009 10:21 | Quote
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Trial and error my friend! Everyone needs to go through that in order to improve and you're kicking ass. The fact is; you're already coming up with really moving melodies which people are already satisfied with, wait until you manage to satisfy yourself with your music and you'll be on a record label.

Candyrat are always looking for new talent, you should show your stuff to them, being as young as you are, too, that'd grab everyone's attention.
JustJeff  
11 Apr 2009 10:32 | Quote
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Eh, I need to wait a bit longer. Maybe next year :)

This summer I'm gonna be doing research at NC State, so my life is gonna be surrounded by Computers and Music, so I think I may be able to actually start laying down some FULL songs that I can record. :-P

My roommate is gonna be doing classes in Music Tech, and he should have access to the on-campus recording studio. So, if I'm ready in the Spring of next year, I'll put down an EP to get myself started. I feel my Larrivee sounds BEAUTIFUL when recorded. It's just so balanced it's beautiful. I can't wait :) But time is on my side ^.^

Hopefully you guys will be around when I do release something... if I do >.
Empirism  
11 Apr 2009 12:08 | Quote
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Sure we are and sure you do ^_^

Big companies are what they are and they say most likely with low muddy voice "This is not for big audience, its not sell and give us money" xD, but im very confident that many smaller recording companies are very interested when you get full album of ready songs. You got style, you got vision and you got skill... what is needed? action and bit luck.

Cheers m8
Heather  
11 Apr 2009 15:00 | Quote
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Wow. This sounds interesting. I love the way you've made the sequence, I mean I'm clueless about what chords and stuff you were playing as I'm not very strong on the ears! But the sequence was great, I never got bored of the tempo or timeing it just remained interesting. I also love that tuning! You clearly have a good creative mind, I think I may be a little jelous of it!

Great work, that soiunds amazing!
JustJeff  
11 Apr 2009 18:22 | Quote
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@Empirism
Only time will tell. :) Hopefully my luck won't run out.


@Heather
Thanks for the kind words! To be honest, I'm not even 100% sure what chords I'm playing. The song just sorta flowed out of my once I got the tuning down. I wrote out a scale and just ** came from it. It's the tuning, I swear.
deefa  
12 Apr 2009 06:47 | Quote
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Nice piece. Really enjoyed it. Sounds like you have the same problem as me, starting too many projects at once!


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