Staging area for recording experiments. Unless otherwise noted, I made this stuff up and played all instruments.
Homework Blues, Take 1 (4/15/18)
Recorded for Guitar Tips Pro composition challenge
Homework Blues, Take 2 (4/15/18)
Homework Blues, Take 3 (4/15/18)
Got a mixer for early Christmas. Testing 1,2,3.
Phase Fuzz Bass (12/1/18)
What happens when you run your kid’s bass through a Sunbender?
Cold Mist, Half Moon (12/5/18)
Two people told me this sounds like Pink Floyd. I’ll take that as a compliment
Rage For Peanut Butter (12/19/18)
Setenta Menos (12/21/18)
Playing slow in time is hard. Multitracking is hard.
Silver Bells (12/24/18)
Obviously, this one’s not mine. Happy Holidays!
Morbid Icicle (12/28/18)
1 Bar Boy Blues (1/7/19)
Happy New Year! This track features The Boy on bass, The Old Man on Guitar (tracked live), and The Old Man on drums (overdubbed). A fine start. We’ll work on the changes next.
Get On The Mic (2/1/19)
Upgraded junky old mic from Demo Girl’s karaoke machine with a proper condenser. No compositional integrity or restraint here, just random thoughts into a new mic (bass and guitar) with some new placement options. Sounds better, methinks. One thing less to hide behind.
12 Bar Boy Blues (2/2/19)
Told you we’d work on the changes. This track features The Boy on bass, The Old Man on Guitar (tracked live).
Brother John (2/8/19)
First try recording acoustic with MXL 991. Ancient Satriani cover.
G Whiz (2/8/19)
First swing at Open G tuning. Need some new voicings…
Insert cable mayhem. Yes, you can Ditto a mic’ed acoustic.
Feets Of Strength (2/17/19)
When you’re thoroughly beat and try to channel McCoy Tyner for the first time, then record it. Great idea. First attempt at mixing and mastering.
Slide Into 14 (2/18/19)
The Boy slid into 14 today. Happy Birthday Z!
Snow Day Blues (2/22/19)
Formerly known as the Homework Blues, but then my homework was never quite like this! This time it gets a walking bass line, which it turns out is suprisingly tricky to do. Something to aspire to…
One Track Wonder 1 (3/3/19)
Experiment: one track per instrument, one take per instrument. Effectively, a solo free jazz ensemble if that makes any sense. It really doesn’t, but that’s all part of the fun. Plus my debut on whiskey tumbler and some faux-dub mixer madness.
Coil Tap Blues (3/3/19)
Today I discovered my #1 guitar has a pull pot for coil taps. Only took several years to notice. Facepalm… Experiment with coil taps plus wide-panning ala Tim Pierce.
Left Channel Rhythm: both pickups tapped
Right Channel Rhythm: both pickups humbucking
Lead: neck coil tapped
One Track Wonder 2 (3/9/19)
You know the drill. One track per instrument, one take per instrument. Did separate rhythm and lead guitar tracks this time. Wasn’t feeling the free jazz today, so more of a rock number. Of course an intelligent person wouldn’t play the rhythm and lead parts fingerstyle on a rock track. As Charlie Hunter would say “picks are for kids”. Sure did miss it on the solo part though.
Couldn’t take the squeaks anymore. Tele Savales has 11 gauge flats again. This is a rambling improv designed to let me hear what the the different pickups sound like with the new strings. Plus a Ditto loop blues jam. For the pedantic or bored only.
Warming Trend (3/13/19)
It broke 40F today. Huzzah! Had to drop an almost-OTW to celebrate. Screwed up level on first guitar track, so did a second. Worked on getting good sync between bass and drum tracks. Also aimed for no “blues licks” on the guitar part. Think at least one snuck in though. Oh well.
One Track Wonder 3 (4/8/19)
Got behind on weekly recording due to Spring Break. So last week’s retroactive TOTW is my first recorded Tone Clock improv. The Tone Clock is a complex and interesting beast. I’m just getting started with it and color me intrigued. In a nutshell, you create a 12-tone sequence by permuting a 3-note chord by a 4-note chord to get a 12-tone “harmonic field”. Then you can compose based on that field, or improvise using those notes. Check out 24 Tone Clocks for proper examples of Tone Clock compositions.
Sweet 16 Improv (4/10/19)
First improv with new Maneco Sweet 16 looper pedal.
One Track Wonder 4 (4/10/19)
Sweet 16 in a more vaguely musical context.
Sweet Sunbender (4/10/19)
Try it with fuzz and whammy guitar.
Sweet 16 Improv (4/10/19)
Last looper test: C Minor Space Blues
Fourteen Of Four (4/14/19)
Clever name, huh? Trying to use the looper in a tune again. This one more premeditated than the last time. Think it sounds better when I just wing it.
Seventh Hour (4/17/19)
Another Tone Clock improv One Take Wonder.
One-third of a One Take Wonder. Guitar take took 3 tries. Close but no cigar.
Playing catchup from last week. Extra One Take Wonder.
Tried to formulate a non-standard progression and possibly paid the price.