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Challenge #243 – 5/4 Fusion

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by simoncroft, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. TheDuck

    TheDuck Senior Stratmaster

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    You guys and gals managed to do some very creative and interesting things with this track. Well done! :thumb:

    @dogletnoir - Spacey and groovy, as always. Nice!

    @pauljo1963 - Really nice 60s vibe and tone. Cool!

    @Brian H - I've never seen you lost before ;) You pulled it off though, nicely done!

    @knh555- Really nice licks and use of effects. Well played Sir!

    @simoncroft - Very smoky /jazzy / moody. Good stuff!

    @mjark - You stayed with this one all the way and really worked it. Sweet!

    @Raimonds - I really like your tone here, smooth licks too. Very nice!

    @alainvey - Both takes are good, though I prefer the first. The phrasing and vibe spoke to me. Cool!


    I managed to get about thirty seconds into the track before it made me want to throw my guitar against the wall :mad:
    Needless to say, I wont go within a mile of it ever again :confused: :D
     
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  2. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Strat-O-Master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This can be renamed "You'll come in on beat once every 4 bars challenge"
     
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  3. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    @Brian H – This reminds me Adrian Belew at his best, so I'm not going to pretend I hear anything like 'Confusion'. The wilful and entertaining of the occasional strange noise, yes, but I never had the impression that you didn't know what you were doing.

    @pauljo1963 – Great tone and lines! I reminds of when a really masterful synth player like Jan Hammer puts guitaristic inflections into their lead lines. It's also quite sax-like at times. For the avoidance of doubt, I liked it a lot.

    @dogletnoir – We get two for the price of one here, because there's some super-tasteful fretless bass player riffing off some equally nice guitar lines. I guessed this one wouldn't really challenge you overly and I can hear that I was right. A constant flow of ideas.
     
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  4. Brian H

    Brian H Strat-O-Master

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    Thanks. I mean it like I have no real idea of what scale I'm playing or even paying attention to the time signature. I just play over it and when I land on a weird note I didn't expect ...either its good or I ben my way out of it.
     
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  5. duzie

    duzie Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Just some random noodling
     

  6. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    I decided to give this one another go.

     
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  7. TheDuck

    TheDuck Senior Stratmaster

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    @duzie - I like the "popping" effect you have going on. Did you finger pick this one?

    @knh555 - Nice raunchy tone and licks.
     
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  8. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    And because I haven't done slide yet (this one's a bit ADD :whistling:):

     
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  9. duzie

    duzie Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No I used a pick for this.
    The popping sound is probably from me listening to Tony Iommi ‘s playing near the end of Planet Caravan lol.
    Or maybe not
    It’s funny how I might attempt to emulate something without even realizing it.
     
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  10. TheDuck

    TheDuck Senior Stratmaster

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    I’d say we’ve all been guilty of that. :thumb:
     
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  11. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I just found this thread with the sole intention of asking for suggestion for what we could do this week. Now I see that there are three takes I haven't even heard yet and didn't get notifications about. I hate it when that happens because it looks as if I couldn't be bothered!

    So, with apologies to both of you I've ignored..

    @duzie – You've done well with this. It's not the easiest of tracks but you navigate the timing with confidence and manage to stay melodic over what is not the easiest of changes to navigate. I know what you mean about emulating without conscious effort. I remember 'writing' a killer bass line, then being told it was off an album I'd listened to a few times!

    @knh555 – 2. If we define improvised solos as the best composition we can make up on the spot, this is a shining example of what can be achieved. It goes in all sorts of unexpected directions, but also makes total sense, which is no mean achievement. 3. I thought this number was hard enough without attempting to use a slide, but you managed it with panache. About as easy as jazz on bagpipes, I'd guess. :D
     
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  12. alainvey

    alainvey Senior Stratmaster

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    Great job this week! I motion for something happy and upbeat.
     

  13. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This might be too jazzy for some tastes, but I'll put it out there:

     
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  14. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm not keen on more jazz myself. But then again, I'm not proposing anything myself at this point, which makes this a weak vote against.
     

  15. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That doesn't make your input any less valid, Kevin. Knowing how a track is likely to go down with the 'regulars' is important, because the Challenges are kept alive by its participants.
     

  16. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    I appreciate that. I'm feeling a bit jazzed out myself, but it doesn't take much for that. And my definition of jazz is usually, "I have no idea what key this damn thing is in", so perhaps I over-define the genre. :eek: On the other hand, I anticipate a pretty busy week and don't want my preferences to dominate, as I'm not sure if I can squeeze in the time. Hopefully I can, whatever we do pick.
     
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  17. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This has a nice upbeat groove:



    How challenging it is depends on how much you want to interact with other parts in the arrangement.
     
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  18. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    northeastern usa
    What about this one?
    Red Desert backing track

    A kind of dark, modal, sludgy thing upon which to unleash some wicked pentatonics a la
    Gilmour or choose to get more adventurous.

    Sorry, @alainvey... i'm not feeling very happy or upbeat this week.
    But i'll be OK if it gets veto'ed, as long as you still play something on it.
     
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  19. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well, I like this, and it reminds me that I plan to get back to a brass/string arrangement for your Huh? track over Christmas. Actually, Red Desert is a nice match for that one, so I'd love to work on this one too. This one's a lot less complex, so should take me less time to grasp. I'll post something on SoundCloud, in the next few days. I'll post it here as well. :thumb:

    More importantly though, I'm sorry you're not feeling very happy. Sending you positive vibes as I write this Erica. :):):)

    EDIT: I recorded Red Desert. I'll see what I can add.
     
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  20. knh555

    knh555 Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks. Just remember though, when you use slide, you get to use all the notes.