Tags : | Blues | 3.83 MB
Description : Acoustic Blues track, E, B and A. Waltz beat, nothing complicated, just something to mix. EZ Drummer, me on bass, 2 acoustic guitar tracks, lead fills I added tremolo and for percussion I tapped on my acoustic body here and there. Update: Added mandolin and remixed. Second update: There was a lot of room on the master channel to push the compression, saturator and limiter a bit, did a little work on each track. Enjoy!

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  1. slava72
    slava72 on Tue 9th May 2017 - 5 months ago
    there are a very good uplifting vibrations in your song,well done.now,how about adding some vocals ,female maybe? sorry for english
  2. Tumbleweed
    Tumbleweed on Mon 24th Apr 2017 - 6 months ago
    Man, I like that acoustic sound you have going on here...doesn`t that finger tapping on the guitar body work great (I made a couple of perc loops just playing with my fingers on the back & front of the acoustic a bit & palming it to hold down the boom)....Really nice job on the mix Wayne...that simple progression works great (I`m going to quit trying to complex things up)...great listen to start the day up my way...big fav....Ed
    Reply by theHumps The tapping of the body was an afterthought and something different I've never tried, worked out ok. Was thinking shaker, tambo or something typical I always use. Something different.

    Thanks Ed, been so timid as far as pushing the acoustic more forward in the mix. Thanks for the nice words!

  3. Allochtune
    Allochtune on Sun 23rd Apr 2017 - 6 months ago
    The mandolin sounds great! What mic do you use to record? Because the quality is very good. The mandolin also added some structure!
    If jamming and expressing is what you wanted to achieve, you have definitely done that. The mandolin gave it that western feel for me.
    But, as a fellow composer who has had (and still has) problems with structure, I would recommend to just try making a song of 3 minutes and look what you can make of it and professional you can get it. That is kind of my approach. Keep on doing what you do :)!
    Reply by theHumps I use what I think is an entry level mic by AKG, the affordable Perception 200, about $150 US. All reviews say this mic is so under priced for the sound you get out of it and I find that to be true. I just started using a new interface, Focusrite Saffire Pro40 and as I've read and am now hearing myself, the pre amps for the inputs are fantastic, giving my acoustic tracks a little more body. I also started recording my input signal at 48,000 hz rather than the standard 44,100 hz. I plan to raise that up towards the 90,000 range very soon, all my gear should be able to handle it and hopefully giving me an even better input signal. Ableton, on the bounce down to a 2 track wav converts it to 44,100hz. Easy peasy!!

    I've written all sorts of songs with all sorts of arrangements so I am well versed in songwriting. I played in a working band for almost 20 years and was 1 of 2 songwriters in the band. Sometimes I don't want structure and prefer a jam type idea just to mix.

    When I'm fooling around on the acoustic and a couple chords sound good together I start up Ableton and record the idea. I will basically record a couple minutes of chord ideas that work with the initial idea and usually do at least 2 tracks. I can usually improve on the idea the second or third time through. Then I pick through the chord changes as if they were loops and construct the song as if it were a puzzle, all the pieces are there, just need to arrange it at that point.

    If the idea feels to me that it is worth putting some vocals on it and making it a structured song I can usually feel it right away. Some ideas get a mix or two and then I lose interest in it. But many ideas, like this one, get more of the loose arrangement, throw caution to the wind and let your gut feeling and emotion rule. To me this is the jam my old band would play to warm up before we started practice.

    I can appreciate your input, thanks! Maybe now you have an idea how I approach song ideas when they present themselves. We all look at why we do this differently and I make music for fun and to try to get a variety of ideas out there in some way, shape or form.

  4. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Sat 22nd Apr 2017 - 6 months ago
    Yup...that sexy little mandolin is really great addition to the arrangement...like it alot! Congrats for the good idea!:)

    Reply by theHumps It's amazing how many ways you can mix just a few instruments and sometimes it can be even harder then when there is much more going on. I think the idea was definitely lacking interest and some freqs, it was really unbalanced in that regard. The mando was a big help in getting my idea a little more concrete and understandable to the listener.

    Thanks again!

  5. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Sat 22nd Apr 2017 - 6 months ago
    Wow...Wayne, love this organic sound and it's not so simple as it might seem. I only wish it was a bit longer, but it's perfectly nice as it is.
    Very cool work...thumbs up for it! Gonna dl this and ofcourse I won't forget to press that little cardio-button..:)

    Compliments & Cheers from_____Orlando
    Reply by theHumps Hey! I did go back into this and add some mando, it added some freqs that were needed and made it more interesting. I think if I can't mix something simple why add more fuel to the fire, keep it simple and mix. Been putting a lot of these ideas together the past few months and just mixing and trying new things.

    The timing and how I played to it is interesting, making it feel like there is more going on than appears. It's written pretty free styled with some chord structure but not much as far as arrangement goes. Just a quick idea.

    Appreciate you swinging by!

  6. Allochtune
    Allochtune on Fri 21st Apr 2017 - 6 months ago
    I like the sound, vibe and instruments in this track! Good choices!
    But I do think that there is room for improvement.
    The structure is hard to follow for me. You have used a syncope with the hats during the song. But there is nothing that gives the listener an indication when the new measure starts.
    You also don't need a new melody every measure. In blues it is good to have some repetition! They need to be varied, but repetition helps give the song structure. Think of blues songs that only have one line of lyrics that is repeated over and over.
    Tl;Dr -> the choice of instruments and percussion is very good, but the structure of the song can be improved! If you work on this track and make a revised version, I would love to give you some feedback again!
    Reply by theHumps Hey man! It's not so much a structured song as it is me just jamming and trying to express myself in a short musical idea. Many of the tracks I upload here are just that, not really songs so much as musical ideas to work out to some sort of arrangement, to learn something from doing it and hopefully get a little feedback.

    I've changed quite a bit lately about how I record, the equipment I use and mixing techniques. I feel if I add all sorts of melodies, layers of instruments and loads of verses, chorus, and bridges this idea would loose it's feel and it's spontaneity and make it tougher to mix. The purpose of the exercise here was to work on mixing and wasn't about structure or arrangement. Keeping the instrumentation and arrangements simple allows me to focus more on how the instruments sound rather than what I played and structure. It really is just something to mix and not really to build out any further into a complex track. I did add a mandolin though. Hopefully you like it. It added mid/high freqs that the song needed and still kept the idea simple and open. I think it's got a cool backwoods folk/blues feel just as it sits.

    You are right, there is nothing that gives the listener a hint of when a new measure starts. Try to count 1, 2, 3 and so on as it goes on thru the song, pretty tough actually. Or try picking it up mid song. Orlando mentioned it's not simple as it seems. There is a little more going on than it appears, especially with the timing.

    Appreciate the feedback and your thoughts on it. This is about as far as working on it as I want to go, maybe a mix or 2 more but simple is what I was going for.


  7. LXjay
    LXjay on Thu 20th Apr 2017 - 6 months ago
    nice one
    Reply by theHumps Thanks for listen and commenting! Added a mandolin, it's still pretty simple.


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