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The June Music album in a month thingie has two sort of musical themes. One is sloooooow tempos. The other is a lot of the songs have very sparse guitar parts. Neither thing was planned, they both just happened. I kinda like this one…
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slkrell said

Good use of 335 tone my favorite blues thing I wish I had one .enjoyed Listening to yours

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Five songs finished (there will be 11, I think) and as of right now this kid is the single... if I were actually releasing this and needed to release a single... which I'm not. I also think 90 beats per minute is as fast as any of the songs…
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Andrew Russe said

Cool groove. Loving those wah leads.

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Are all of my songs this month funeral dirges? I like playing over a 6/8 groove, but I don't know if this one is holding up for me. I don't dislike it entirely, but it seems lacking somehow. I almost like the lyrics but I think I should have…
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Andrew Russe said

And another cool chorus! Yep... I think this could be my favourite of the four. Love the lyrics.

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This one is long. Much longer than it needs to be, but at the time it seemed like the right move. The chorus to this one came to me while I was watching TV with the family. I fear (hopefully wrongly) that I stole it from the background score…
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Andrew Russe said

Loving the groove of this one. And another really cool chorus. Don't worry about the length - I was expecting a cool guitar solo for that long... and I got it :)

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Not sure how I feel about this one. It’s not as bad as some of my crap, but it’s not that great either. I kinda like how the bass does some strumming, but damn if that intro isn’t way too long. The rhythm guitars are an ES-335 Pro to a RYRA…
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Andrew Russe said

I see what you mean about the lentgh of the intro... But you'd lose the tension it creates if you shortened it? Loving the sound of the guitars on these tracks.

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February, March, April, May, all have completed album in a month projects. Here comes the first song from June. I broke my album-in-a-month challenge rule that says once you get a take you don't redo it. I did all of the rhythm guitars twice…
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Andrew Russe said

Loving the chorus - how those guitars, bass and vox mesh together. Cool lead break too.

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Not sure how I feel about this one. It’s not as bad as some of my crap, but it’s not that great either. I kinda like how the bass does some strumming, but damn if that intro isn’t way too long. The rhythm guitars are an ES-335 Pro to a RYRA…
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Colleen Dillon said

Love the spare but powerful lyrics!!! Powerful all around. Great song!

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Not sure how I feel about this one. It’s not as bad as some of my crap, but it’s not that great either. I kinda like how the bass does some strumming, but damn if that intro isn’t way too long. The rhythm guitars are an ES-335 Pro to a RYRA…
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Bethan Mathis said

You might think the intro is bit long but it induces expectation and the rest does not disappoint. Great guitar playing.

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Not sure how I feel about this one. It’s not as bad as some of my crap, but it’s not that great either. I kinda like how the bass does some strumming, but damn if that intro isn’t way too long. The rhythm guitars are an ES-335 Pro to a RYRA…
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witzelsucht said

That's a good song, kinda glam rock very 70's like it

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Not sure if this one is worthy of the 6:00 running time as it's not nearly that much of a prog epic. I think I over did the padding (unintentionally). I could have cut the break in the middle considerably, and the solo at the end could be cut…
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Andrew Russe said

Love the 335 lead. I see what you mean about mixing, though. And the drone - that's a cute idea. I wasn't gonna listen now (VERY late, VERY drunk), but the description of the drone made me press play. Sounds cool, but I almost wanted more of it - I am drunk, though! That lead, wow, wanna switch a guitar on now... but... there's always tomorrow/today... and bed feels like a good idea.

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Did you know that if you use a drummer in GarageBand you can shut off the snare drum? I didn't. I setup the entire song with the drummer (Benny) and then copied the track to a standard MIDI drums track and deleted all the snare hits. Cool…
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Andrew Russe said

Cool guitars

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I came dangerously close to calling this ABACAB, and also to having the song form be ABACAB. Bullet dodged? I was noodling out the bass line and drum parts on my iPad and I had three sections. I couldn't decide which one had the better hook…
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Andrew Russe said

Dig this one too. First listen I was distracted by some work stuff... then a delivery... life, eh? Came back and hit play again and it's like old friend.

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If ever there was a song that begged to close an album, it was this turkey. A couple of things here. First, I don't really know what I was going for. Quiet, slow, boring? Probably not boring, but there you go. The cool thing happens in…
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Andrew Russe said

Loving the lead and the backwards guitars at the end. You might think you're over using it, but wow it's a mighty cool sound.

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If ever there was a song that begged to close an album, it was this turkey. A couple of things here. First, I don't really know what I was going for. Quiet, slow, boring? Probably not boring, but there you go. The cool thing happens in…
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Andrew Russe said

Liking this one a lot. Making me want to reach for the Robin Trower albums.

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My song writing happy place is sort of slow to mid tempo dumb rockers. Something like 75-90 beats per minute. Every once in a while I feel the need to shake things up and write something super hyper active. This is an example of that. I also…
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Andrew Russe said

LOL - you always sell your stuff so well in your blurbs. I actually like the lead takes like this (that's assuming these are the sloppy ones and you didn't replace them!)

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This is sort of two songs stuck together. That wasn't the plan, it just sort of happened. The only thing interesting about the noisier first half is the fuzz pedal on the rhythm guitar. Big Muffs really are harder to fit into a mix. I do love…
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Andrew Russe said

Loving the rhythm/groove in the choruses. Oh wow... yeah, that works... you're right moving the "middle" to the end instead. If it had gone back to the rocking I think it would have felt "So? And?" But like this it's "yeah, man, cool ending... dig those echoes... let's listen again"

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If ever there was a song that begged to close an album, it was this turkey. A couple of things here. First, I don't really know what I was going for. Quiet, slow, boring? Probably not boring, but there you go. The cool thing happens in…
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KCsGroove said

I dig this slow groove great vibe cool guitars! KC

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This was the first idea I had for May Music 2020 or whatever the hell I'm calling this month's project. I came up with the guitar riff using the fake guitar thingie in GarageBand. I "played" the riff using the fretboard on my iPhone. I sort…
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slkrell said

Yup that’s some sweet I phone riffin. The vocal took off at the register change ( higher voice) I like your stuff

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Nothing special about this one except that it was written in 7/8. Also, this month I've tried to work out guitar parts using MIDI instruments when I'm fiddling out the initial bass and drum grooves. It doesn't really amount to much, it just…
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slkrell said

7/8 so nice to hear Good lead tones first rate

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The first May 2020 Music project song to be finished. I did the RPM Challenge in February. In March I did another one... just because. In April I did the COVID-19 RPM Challenge Bonus edition. In May I am doing another one... just because…
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slkrell said

Hi You are new to me but I was pulled in by the 7/8 time signiture Then the lead sat just right over the Groove Moved on to this one and found your pedal list a carbon copy of my faved , good to list equip I like to know. Good stuff Mate

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