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Old 07-01-2010, 02:04 PM
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I've been trying to make up an instrumental song the past few days (in dadgad) and have tried to record a rough version of it.

There are some bad notes in it, I know, and would like to keep practicing it. I am just not sure if it is worth the practice - I would like to make songs like this, but not sure if this is the right approach.

I have tried years ago to do things like this, but never really liked what I came up with, so I took up more folk-type playing. But I thought I'd try again, because I like music like this.

It's only 45 seconds long (there are two parts, but I did not repeat them) and since it's July, I called it that:
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Again, it is rough - but would really appreciate any advice on writing this kind of music. Is it too boring, not enough melody, too simple? I don't have a lot of people to play for and aprreciate any comments.
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Old 07-01-2010, 03:51 PM
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Sounds good. A little Celtic flavored. Extend it with an alternate section or two and some change ups.
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:09 PM
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You've nailed it Shawlie. That's a great little instrumental. Do as Rick says and you've got yourself another masterpiece.

I heard a nice melody to go with the "background" picking for a complete song. It wasn't just playing "rhythm".
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Old 07-01-2010, 05:41 PM
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I'm not an expert at instrumentals but it sounds GREAT to me.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:04 PM
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I'm a fan, Shawlie, so I hear nothing but good guitar playing! I hope you work it up into a full piece, because what I hear tells me you are on the right track for a really good song.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:14 PM
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I thought it was lovely!
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:58 PM
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Wow. That is just wonderful.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:45 AM
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Thanks very much for listening - and the advice and comments.

I will work on it more, try to get the mistakes better (never could play harmonics very good, it will take a lot of practice) and will try to add more to it.

Maybe then I can go through the song again, but with either a bit different melody or bass/harmony for the repeats? Or try to find the melody on different strings/frets and see how that can add some variation? And then try and add another, different part before one last type of variation on part of the song. I will try and work on that.

It is a lot of fun trying to do a song like this again, and really appreciate the advice and for listening!
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:39 AM
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Very nice! Wish I could come up with something more like that, I think my pieces are a little lacking in nice little melodies as per your tune - I think you just need to fiddle and then, as Rick suggests, find another section or two. I find it helpful to literally play what I've got so far through over and over again, trying to work something on the end of it each time until I find something right. Can be frustrating though, hearing the same thing over and over! Everybody has their own methods I suppose.
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:58 AM
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Thanks very much, machinist!

I did play this one over and over (and over...), and will keep doing it to try and come up with variations and another part. It is much harder than writing something when you know there will be words, I am finding out. Hard to tell what to do, exactly. And like you say, keep playing it will sometimes let you "hear" what you want to come next... and then you can try and figure out how to play it (which is for me mostly the very hardest part - I have given up on a lot of things knowing I'll never be able to get good at playing it).

Thanks for listening and the encouragement, it is so nice to try this again and I am really enjoying playing around with the alternate tuning again.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:11 PM
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Very, very impressive playing, shawlie. I admire that you can can play a song with melody on the solo guitar. I can't really pull that off--it's not where my strength lies and I don't "see" or feel songs in that way. I think the advice to introduce a couple alternates parts and maybe double the length would turn that into an excellent song! Nice work and I hope you share the results.
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:24 PM
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Takes me a long time to upload these "non-You Tube" files, for some reason.

But, it was worth the wait! Simply fantastic, my friend. Really inspiring and uplifting. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-04-2010, 12:29 AM
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Thanks very much for the kind words and encouragement, sombras and Bullsprig - I do appreciate it.
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:41 PM
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I love waltzes. This was delightfully lyrical and wistful. Please expand on it. More! I want more! Do I ever demand too much of you?
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