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Never Mind
on: January 17, 2020, 23:47:23
Some of you might know I've been becalmed in the musical doldrums for a while. A combination of RL issues might well have lead to this.

Anyway,  before Christmas I was been playing around with an open tuning ...  top E C F C G and bottom C and I came up with a small acoustic guitar piece I entitled "Never Mind" as an anti-doldrum piece.   

I hope it raises a smile. :-)

Never Mind

Life has it's ups and downs and it's sometimes useful to remember the ups when things aren't at their best. Well this is the idea I had in my mind with this very short 1 min 40 acoustic finger-style guitar piece.

I've been a bit stuck in the musical inspiration doldrums for a while so it's nice to get a little piece out there.

I wanted to keep a very organic feel with this one and there's nothing flash here but if it brings a bit of a smile to your face then job done. :-)

It uses a non-standard tuning of top E C F C G and bottom C. I must admit I do love that slack open C when it drops in. :-)

https://soundcloud.com/mrbouzouki/never-mind
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Re: Never Mind
Reply #1 on: January 17, 2020, 23:58:09
@MrBouzouki  - wow and wow ::thumb::
sounding very good, I wish my doldrums would sound like that.
Love the deep C.
Smiling for sure
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Re: Never Mind
Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 00:21:39
@MrBouzouki I am not sure if this really comes across to me as 'happy', but it definitely is a pleasant little tune. Possibly I'd call it 'carefree', instead. I was wondering whether stressing some of the phrase head notes a little more might make it even stronger.
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Re: Never Mind
Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 07:11:28
It’s not often that I ask for something and that I get it too.
And I am not the only one who’s smiling. Posted only 8 hours ago, 9 likes and a lot of positive reactions.
I am too shallow for doldrums (whatever that may be) but your doldrumming must be pretty serious if you are not smiling by now.

And of course that is what I wish for you. I remember a limerick too, that can be easily altered. So that the girl on the beach says:
Stop your doldrumming
I think someone’s coming

Kind regards, Gus


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Re: Never Mind
Reply #4 on: January 18, 2020, 10:04:57
I'll take 'carefree' @Pleudoniem .  I'm not sure if I've got the balance of tone ideal on this one.

As a bit of background I recorded it direct in on my Yamaha electro-acoustic and compared to my battered old circa '1979 jumbo it had  quite a different feel and sound. My model doesn't use a piezo pickup but it's ART system with the contact pickup mounted below the soundboard. To me it does have a more natural sound than piezo but obviously having a narrow body you get a different overall timbre.

So after recording, I messed around with using FabFilter Pro-Q3 to try and get more of a mid-tone, tame a bit of the shimmer etc. The only other processing was a bit of side-chained reverb to keep the intimacy but just add a bit of reverb as the notes dies away.  As a result I've learnt a bit about post-shaping of tone but I think I could probably get a better overall balance if I spent longer on it.

This one was never about production though and all about 'getting it out there' as I climb back out of my musical stasis.

Ahh @LePlongeur  I've been out of the comfort of trade wind sailing for a while, in the doldrums,  or what is scientifically known as the "Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ICTZ).  ;D ;D ;D ;D

I had good sail last year, despite RL family issues, but it's easy to stop trying and suddenly you can find yourself inspirationally becalmed. In that situation I'm sure @Leonard Scaper would disappear into the 'Blue and the Green' for a while and others might take part in our challenges.

I tend to get distracted with other things and wait for the breeze to return. In some ways that's a good thing to stop me getting too intense about music creation. My mum used to say to us children, "moderation in all things" and in this potentially obsessive modern world we live in, that is not too bad a maxim to live by. 



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Re: Never Mind
Reply #5 on: January 18, 2020, 10:35:12
Beautiful playing @MrBouzouki . I love the sound that you achieved.

Soon enough you'll be coming out of dry dock.
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Re: Never Mind
Reply #6 on: January 18, 2020, 11:41:14
@MrBouzouki You might try a mic to record it. If it is a semi-acoustic, that should work as well.


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Re: Never Mind
Reply #7 on: January 18, 2020, 13:10:48
Hopefully this one’ll cheer you up @MrBouzouki , I think you deserve a laugh:

There once was a young plumber from Leigh
Who was plumbing his girl by the sea
She said, "stop your plumbing,"
"I hear someone coming!"
Said the plumber, still plumbing, "...it's me."

I did this one by heart, but I think it’s pretty accurate.
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Re: Never Mind
Reply #8 on: January 18, 2020, 21:07:23
Came across this earlier today on SoundCloud... so nice to hear it again in this context. Lovely piece @MrBouzouki

I like @Pleudoniem  ‘s characterization of “carefree” ... to my ears I’m hearing more “contemplative”

Hope you continue to drift from the doldrums and catch a breeze...


Re: Never Mind
Reply #9 on: January 19, 2020, 03:43:12
Very enjoyable @MrBouzouki ...I could hear  this going a few directions,all of them interesting... I`m hoping you do too and will keep playing `til the musical fog lifts :thumbsup:
All the best,

Robert


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Re: Never Mind
Reply #10 on: January 19, 2020, 11:44:27
Cheers folks ... I did try a mic @Pleudoniem and the combo of mic and direct but I found it seemed to lay down better with a simple direct in to my interface.  It doesn't have too bad an acoustic sound but being used to my big old Jumbo it sounds very thin to my ears. Also the slackness of the tuning, except for B up a semitone to C,  seems to change the response too.  Thanks for your input though, I'm going to keep experimenting with this, including putting it through my nice new Fishman Loudbox Mini, and taking the DI out into my interface. But I will also try a mic in front of the amp too.

Your limerick @LePlongeur brought to mind the UK saucy post war post cards and their double entendre coupled with a suggestive cartoon. I can't post a link on here but try searching for Saucy Seaside Postcards. Very non-PC but that was the world back then. I believe it started in Victorian times though with "What the Butler Saw" machines, a penny a go ;-)



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Re: Never Mind
Reply #11 on: January 19, 2020, 23:06:30
I really enjoyed this @MrBouzouki - great piece and that tuning sounds great.

cheers



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