How do you play "atmospheric" on a Strat?

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  1. GaryM

    GaryM Strat-O-Master

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    I need help defining this one. The WL wants me to play on a new song he wrote. This is what he emailed to me.

    Volume swells I got but, atmosphere? How would you describe it? :confused:
     
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    Delay. Reverb. Teeny bit of chorus - something like a Boss CH1 could shine here. Clever looping. More space between the notes. That's what I'd do, anyway! Listen to lots of David Gilmour stuff, I think he *invented* atmospheric.
     
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    Deep, slow chorus. Don't play too many notes. Varied harmonies instead of chugging along on the root note of the chord.
     
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    Why not ask the person what they mean?



    BTW what's WL? :confused:
     
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    Yes, the term "atmospheric" is very subjective, so you really need to ask the source exactly what type of atmosphere/mood he's after.
    Generally speaking though "atmospheric" suggests a soft slow mood, perhaps romantic sounding. I would call Roy Buchanan's Sweet Dreams "atmospheric".
     
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    delay and reverb usually get me there... lately I've been adding some compression to make everything real smooth too.
     
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    What's 'atmospheric' depends, of course, on the atmosphere of the piece, but without qualification 'atmospheric' probably means something close to what is often called 'ambient.' Sound like a pads or ambient textures.

    Shallow attack (aka volume swells) and decay curves for chords. For notes use delay (closest you can get to tape echo or if you've got something with the detuning that's good) with medium feedback and long delay. For spooky texture try notes from either diminshed scale, or simply a dim7th arpeggio. For warmer sounds notes from the diatonic scales, sans the 7th (esp the b7th), or simple triad arpeggios with the odd 4th and 6th chucked in. Oh yeah, on a guitar harmonics always impress.

    Record several layers of that crap on top of each other, change your name to Brian Eno, and take a holiday in Marjorca.
     
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    Might be time to dust off the old phasor.
     
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    atmospheric,
    just add some oxygen to the room while you record your track.

    Seriously, You could try looking at some pictures of the Earth from space, or maybe some nebula's for inspiration.. who knows it might help.
     
  10. RussV

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    Think Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs. That's assuming it fits the track.
     
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    I'm thinking a bit of phlanger and chorus & reverb. Very clean chords with smooth transitions.
     
  12. GaryM

    GaryM Strat-O-Master

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I checked out David Gilmour's Marooned on YouTube. At my gig last night I used a Big Muff Pi with delay. It worked great! I've never gigged with the Muff before and I think I'm a new convert to the old EH fuzz box.
     
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    chorus, maybe the tiniest bit of flange. Really soft delay. volume swells, arpeggios…
     
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    I would consider some of Joe Satriani atmospheric.
     
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    Google Levi Chen for atmosperic guitar playing.

    I know there are at least 6 free Mp3 for Levi.

    Very good,very relaxing.
    Check him out.

    RALPH
     
  17. ralphtown

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    Actually,I just checked and found out Levi is playing a Strat!!
    Did,nt even know that.
    There are some free tracks on Levis home pages.

    RALPH
     
  18. GaryM

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    Can you post a link to Levi's stuff?
     
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    www.levichen.com


    My soundcard is screwed on this laptop.
    I would be interested to know if he,s giving a lot of stuff away on his site or if you have to pay once you download it.

    My fave track so far is Essential from the Levitation album.

    There is also a really nice Buddist Monk chant + guitar on that album or the follow up.

    Enjoy.

    RALPH
     
  20. ralphtown

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    Did you give Levi a go Gary?

    RALPH