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sgmoct
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Hi guys, Here is my attempt at playing Robert's Halloween Song. I'm new to recording on GarageBand, and this was one my first recordings. Next time I'll be sure to not record the metronome. 

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Posted : August 6, 2020 04:00
JestMe
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Well done, nicely played and recorded. You will be in great shape for Halloween! 

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Posted : August 6, 2020 07:39
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sgmoct
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@jestme Thank you, Chris! 

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Posted : August 6, 2020 07:46
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robert
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Really cool! Thanks Sandie, you're awesome. 

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Posted : August 6, 2020 10:47
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sgmoct
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@robert  Thank you! 

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Posted : August 6, 2020 14:44
Clayton
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That's a lot of ear. training, timing, and bending for an early recording attempt, and you played it well.  Keep at the GarageBand and it will become second nature.  

And for some bonus skills, save your recording with an alternate name, and then record a little rhythm guitar over what you've recorded for the solo/melody.  The practice will put you in tune with your 1st performance, and give you room for thought on how to accompany yourself - there's a lot of subtle possibilities with backing rhythm guitar.  IF you do this, and don't be afraid to try a lot of alternate takes and approaches for tone & rhythm, then you can go back and try your solo again.  You'll be amazed how much more comfortable the solo will feel since you've played rhythm in the pocket.

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Posted : August 10, 2020 13:46
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sgmoct
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@clayton Thanks, Clayton, for acknowledging all the effort and time it's taken me to get to this point in my playing, and how to take it to the next step. 🙂 

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Posted : August 11, 2020 04:53
Clayton
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@sgmoct, Oh Yes that is a lot of work learning practicing playing under the red light of the recording button and coordinating all of that!  

I remember working on that song in 2015 and nuances of that altered scale.  It's not so  easy when you're thinking traditional scales, so you have to rely on your ear and intuition.  

Once I learned GarageBand recording, thanks to Robert, I would work on many many overdub takes of a solo for the MGA lesson, using the looping function in GB to continuously drill and jam on the backing track.  This left a lot of takes on the editing room floor but was really rewarding for the deep wood shed practice aspect of repeat repeat repeat, explore, and repeat some more!

But it's knowing how to surf over the rhythm waves that makes your solar performance comfortable, innate, and distinctively yours.  To that end, I found that learning and laying down the rhythm tracks of the backing track, we're just creating my own backing track with my rhythm choices, gave me the best preparation and ability to craft a solo.  

So once you've tried a solo, get back in and see if you can back up yourself with some rhythm ideas.  Those solo notes are built upon the chords and timing of the rhythm patterns of the backing band.

Great job on tackling recording and garage band, And keep rolling with that fantastic momentum!

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Posted : August 11, 2020 06:16
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sgmoct
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@clayton Rhythm is something I definitely need to work on. I have a habit of putting it last of the list while learning a piece. I really appreciate your taking the time to listen to my recording and being so encouraging. I'll start working on creating my own rhythm tracks. Thanks again! 🙂

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Posted : August 11, 2020 06:23
Bluesiline
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Hello Sandie

I‘m impressed how you played this solo. You did a great job. I’m a newbie here and you encourage me to practice guitar until I’m prepared to play a solo like you. 

By the way, Claytons comments regarding rhythm and backing tracks are valuable to me too.

Best wishes

Birgit

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Posted : August 11, 2020 06:53
sgmoct
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@bluesiline Thank you, Birgit. Welcome to Master Guitar Academy. I look forward to hearing you play someday. 🙂

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Posted : August 11, 2020 07:31
Clayton
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Posted by: @bluesiline

Hello Sandie

I‘m impressed how you played this solo. You did a great job. I’m a newbie here and you encourage me to practice guitar until I’m prepared to play a solo like you

By the way, Claytons comments regarding rhythm and backing tracks are valuable to me too.

Best wishes

Birgit

And that's how we help each other at MGA!

 

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Posted : August 11, 2020 10:48
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Clayton
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So players, since there is some interest in my rhythmic inclinations, I'm going to give you an example of this very tune and my rewriting a backing track for my own take on Robert's course solo.  I'm going to post only the backing track I created with several guitar tracks and yes, the metronome!   Somehow I felt like drawing from Hendrix's "Are You Experienced" rhythm example, with a muted scratchy guitar as foundation, a bass like melodic driver, and then added a mellow phased guitar chord to counterbalance the edgy driving background.  Sinister!  

I'm posting this as an example of how to open your mind as to ways to express rhythm and backing tracks.  You set the texture, layers, contrasts, emphasis, and maybe pieces that rise and fall to add transition.  Hint- theres a wee bit of outro guitar with reverb and delay to take you out of the song.

Trust me, sitting down to think about the existing rhythms, learning them and making them yours on a new pallet is the best way to know the song and be the Master when you go to Solo.

This was early on in my GB multi trak efforts so there's a little drift in rhythm but you get the idea from Amalia Altered Halloween

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Posted : August 11, 2020 11:15
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sgmoct
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@clayton Cool!

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Posted : August 11, 2020 11:40
Clayton
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Exactly! Have fun with your guitar!

 

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Posted : August 11, 2020 12:34
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