Solo I've been working on...


Slipin Lizard
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03/14/2014 8:49 am
Even though I have tons of professional backing tracks to jam to, as part of my guitar studies I've been forcing myself to come up with my own backing tracks and solos. This one isn't perfect, but I'd thought I'd share anyways:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEpWieg9LE0&feature=youtu.be
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03/14/2014 12:50 pm
Good job slip,i liked it,you play very well.i would love to lay down some tracks like that.my god my pc skills just aren't there,YET.I WOULD GUESS I NEED PRO TOOLS,SOFTWARE.LOOPER.HOW DO YOU GET THE PROFESSIONAL JAM TRACKS,SOMETHING YOU NEED TO BUY.OR DOWNLOAD.HEY BTW DID YOU CHECK OUT THE PHRYGIAN DOMINANT,INDIAN SEQUENCE.SOUND ALITTLE DARK.
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03/14/2014 3:26 pm
Sounded really darn good to me..
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03/14/2014 4:22 pm
Thanks guys!... Axe, I'm not great with the PC stuff either... that's why I record with a little digital four-track. Its very easy to use, though you do have to "bounce" tracks to condense them down to make room for more tracks if you want more than four. I haven't had a chance to check out the scale you posted yet... will do over the weekend.
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03/14/2014 4:28 pm
Always look forward to what you've cooked up! Definitely on my list of things to check out tonight!
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03/15/2014 2:53 am
Wow Cal, that was totally awesome! Some great melody and technique. It just continues to prove to me that great phrasing and melody can carry you really really far. You've got the framework of an awesome song there!

My wife was listening and thought it was really good too.

Keep it up, man. Whatever you are doing, it's working!!
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03/15/2014 4:27 am
Thanks Rich!
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03/15/2014 10:11 am
Wow!
Really, really good.
Liked it a lot
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03/15/2014 12:44 pm
That was awesome! Beautiful tone!
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03/15/2014 9:53 pm
Nice job Slip ! Very nice choice of tone. I liked the breezy, un-hurried theme. Each note articulated clean and clear - spot on bends and a nice mixture of technique - that's a real nice piece you put together.

I think you have a nice song about 80% finished! That interlude you left made it pretty easy to imagine some different melody lines - I think it has a lot of potential.

Overall it reminds me of some player/band but I can't, for the life of me, put my finger on it. What did you use to compose that backing track? Does it automatically do a bass line or did you write that too?

Good job brother, I would love to jam with you.
T-Care, Ken
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03/16/2014 12:50 am
You know, it reminded me of something too, but I just can't put my finger on it.

However, I was telling my wife that it makes me think of a scene in a movie from the late 80's or early 90's where the main characters are driving down the highway onward to a new destination and the sun is starting to set in the clear sky. It's a beautiful sunset. The top is down and the wind is blowing through their hair. They are having fun and laughing as they cruise to a destination unknown, but together...

Wow! How cool is it to make music that brings forth images in the listener's mind. Incredible, really...

Keep it comin'!!
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03/16/2014 3:12 am
You put it on youtube, so you set yourself up for this :-). You're on my facebook, and youtube, and my daughter is going to think you are a rockstar...so prepare for some hits on your youtube channel :-).

You deserve it - this is just awesome!
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03/17/2014 4:30 am
Thanks so much for the great feedback guys!

Originally Posted by: drf46That was awesome! Beautiful tone![/QUOTE] Thanks! There's four guitars total... a Fender Strat and Gibson Les Paul Traditional splitting the strum/chords... one played with open chords, the other with barre chords, each panned to opposite sides. The "interlude" guitar part (good term Ken!) and the main lead are both the Les Paul, interlude on treble, lead spit between treble/rhythm setting. "Interlude" guitar was recorded through the DR880, the main lead through the BOSS JS10. I love the sound of that guitar!

Originally Posted by: fretsmithWhat did you use to compose that backing track? Does it automatically do a bass line or did you write that too?[/QUOTE]

So the drums and bass are from the BOSS DR880. The drums are just a set pattern with a simple fill added, the bass line I programed in myself, its a very simple, repeating bass line.

[QUOTE=maggior] It's a beautiful sunset. The top is down and the wind is blowing through their hair. They are having fun and laughing as they cruise to a destination unknown, but together...


Wow Rich, that's super cool that it brought to mind those visuals, and really close to the mark. I was indeed thinking of the Oregon Coast and the beautiful sunsets I've witnessed there. I find it amazing you got that just listening to the music! Who needs lyrics?! :)

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I think you have a nice song about 80% finished!
Yeah, the idea is, I've been working away on developing my playing, obviously working on modes, but other stuff too. Part of my self-imposed "homework" is to come up with a chord progression (forces me to work on rhythm a bit, and not just lead) and then a lead line to go with it. I got inspired by several of the discussions on this forum while working on this solo, causing me to rework it a few times.

Right now, I'm just recording on a little four-track, which entails some bouncing. I plan to come up with a bunch of "soundtracky" ideas, and then redo them later when i get my studio set back up. I'd love to be able to offer some soundtracks to an indie filmmaker or something at some point. Lots of fun! Thanks for all the encouragement guys! I really do appreciate it!
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03/17/2014 1:36 pm
Originally Posted by: Slipin Lizard Wow Rich, that's super cool that it brought to mind those visuals, and really close to the mark. I was indeed thinking of the Oregon Coast and the beautiful sunsets I've witnessed there. I find it amazing you got that just listening to the music! Who needs lyrics?! :)


That's wild!! That's pretty amazing how close I was to the mark. Exactly, who needs lyrics! It's your music that evoked those images, so nice job man!!
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03/17/2014 8:48 pm
Hey Slip- Iliked the backing track you made and thot "Wow, I'd like to be able to make my own backing tracks that well"... that's why I asked how you made it.

Surprise, surprise you made it with a DR-880 ... which I have owned for years! I guess the phonebook-size manual turned me off so I never even toyed with the composition capabilities. I only used it, very rarely, for it's drum/jam tracks. Like almost everything I've ever bought with a "bajillion presets" - i find practical use for about 5.

So you've inspired me to dust off that big ol' fat instruction book and see if I can't get a handle on creating some backing tracks. I had asked about your bass line because I had often thought that the 880 would be much more useful if I could change the bass lines. Turns out I can ! I'm an idiot. A lazy idiot. So lazy I'm going to check youtube for tutorials before I even dive into the 880 scrolls. :)

T-Care, Ken
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03/18/2014 2:28 pm
Hey Mr Slip, just wanted to add my congratulations to all the others - a beautiful, soaring, melodic solo! Thanks, and sorry I got there a bit late....Best wishes, Steve
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03/18/2014 8:02 pm
Thanks Steve! :)
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03/23/2014 11:51 pm
Originally Posted by: Slipin LizardEven though I have tons of professional backing tracks to jam to, as part of my guitar studies I've been forcing myself to come up with my own backing tracks and solos. This one isn't perfect, but I'd thought I'd share anyways:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEpWieg9LE0&feature=youtu.be


Hey Slip...very nice and melodic playing. Well done.

Though I know you were just working a little something up with this, I was going to mention a compositional note; returning to melodic themes. That is, returning to a more pronounced riff or melody. You did this a little bit. Just a thought when you're recording stuff in the future. I know that wasn't your goal but still worth mentioning.

Really nice though...it was very vibey and chill in a very cool way.
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03/24/2014 4:40 pm
So smooth. Excellent work!
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03/24/2014 4:52 pm
Thanks guys!
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