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  1. Considering the constraints you have, you're making great music, keep it up.

    The fourths as in the circle of fifths - of course - please forgive my weak attempt at some wookie related humour.

    On a more serious note, those fourth intervals do make a change from the more usual musical constructs many of us have been brought up on.

    I have a theory book to read, I really should dig into it.

    Andy

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  2. As in 'May the fourths be with you' 😉

    Enjoyed that - a lot - lovely subtle drum fills and great bass track. Loved the little synth runs - great stuff.

    Andy

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  3. 33 minutes ago, JoeGBradford said:

    As well as John's videos linked to in his post I can highly recommend Mike at Creative Sauce who has done a whole series on starting out with Cakewalk as well as many other tutorials using the DAW. His approach is clear and friendly and I still refer back to his videos to remind myself how to do stuff. 

     

    +1 to this suggestion - Mike's videos are really good.

    Enjoy the ride!

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  4. Oh my - that vocal starts and I'm gone. Can't say I was a massive fan of the synth sound in the instrumental but this is simply a matter of taste - fabulous work as always.

    Andy

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  5. Paul I hear the timing issues - do you need a drummer that can follow your timing instead of you following theirs? If so, I can absolutely identify. 😂

    Rhythm issues aside - I like the groove on this - guitars sound great (might come up a hair) and the vocals are also sounding good; bass maybe down a tad and perhaps roll off some of the low end as there's a bit of mud down there on my Sony cans - other ears may hear it differently.

    I'm the worst at playing in time and what I have started doing is trying to follow a really simple drum pattern - like a click track but using drums instead of the monotony of a metronome - it helps but I'm still not the best. In my experience you're never going to fix this in the DAW - however much you quantize it - you'll just end up making it worse (well that's what happens to me, as quantizing is a dark art I am yet to master).

    So unless you get advice on here from a quantizing wizard (I am sure there are some), you're either going to have to re-cut it until you're happy or learn to love it as it is. I do find it hard to follow more complex drum tracks and stay in time, but a simple kick and snare I can usually follow relatively well - I bin it afterwards and replace it with the drums I want.

    Another good piece of advice I was given is to practice it until you can virtually play it blindfold, then on takes you can focus on the timing and not worry about spotting the right notes and chords (easier said than done though). Have you tried comping the guitar and looping around five takes then you can switch sections in and out to try and get the best overall result - might help. You can always fix vocal timing in Melodyne to a degree (but don't push your luck) so there's always that.

    I hope at least some of that helped but - all that aside - I really enjoyed the listen so give yourself some credit; good song.

    Andy

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  6. The sax is the stand out - the classical guitar could maybe use a slight lift? I don't know, it sounds a little lost in the mix on my headphones - perhaps a touch of reverb would give it some more presence but these are very fine margins. An extremely well done piece - very enjoyable listen.

    Andy


  7. Take a bow mate - that was awesome - stunningly good and a lyrical dexterity I can only applaud. 👏👏👏👏👏

    Definitely the #1 best kazoo solo I ever heard. 😉

    I hope you're on the mend

    Andy

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  8. Very clever David and super inventive, I wasn't expecting the transition at around 1:15 but it all gelled together very well.

    Enjoyed the listen

    Andy


  9. Wow Jesse that's amazing mate, I would never post my raw vocals - especially without backing - you can really feel the emotion coming through.

    Terrific stuff - loads of light and shade - well done 👏👏👏

    Andy


  10. 7 minutes ago, abacab said:

    Use caution, since this is not an official Microsoft build!

    At best you would be running an unlicensed, unsupported, version of Windows. At worst, you would really have no idea whose code you are executing on your computer.

    A perfect vehicle for a trojan! Not saying that it is, but I would never take the chance to find out! 🤣

    https://beebom.com/how-install-windows-11-lite/

    ⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️⬆️ What he said

    The words: 'barge would a pole not with touch' come to mind.

    Caveat emptor

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  11. Percussion reminds me of an Eagles track (Last Good Time In Town) - agree with Wookie, some variation would add an extra dimension; mix sounded good.

    Andy


  12. Music is my therapy and I've been playing guitar since I was ten (nearly 50 years). I'm a bang average guitarist, considerably less talented on piano and was well down the line when vocal talent was handed out. Doesn't stop me writing songs and publishing them to SoundCloud and BandLab.

    Do people like them, I'm not really sure (I guess I care but I don't obsess over it).  I sometimes get a few  strange spam comments and the odd like from all sorts of strange and exotic creatures, but I just delete them and carry on.

    I'm not interested in monetising what I produce (as if I could) 😂 but I love engaging with the folks on here - the feedback is almost always constructive and I've learned loads from the super-talented people on this forum.

    However, if you're not feeling the love then stop doing it. My other favourite hobby is fishing but I only go once in a while - too often and it becomes a chore and I end up resenting time sat by a lake that could be better spent doing other stuff.

    Each to their own I guess, I hope you find your answer.

    Andy


  13. Wow the background sounds are powerful - reminds of watching my kids play in the park when they were small - you can be kind of 'in the moment' and 'not in the moment' at the same time.

    Andy

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  14. Hmm very nice, I like the stripped back nature of it so not sure I'd be looking to add a lot more to this. Great job.

    Andy

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  15. I've had this dream: the one where you're floating and then falling to Earth at terminal velocity - you'd better hope you wake up before impact! 😂

    You paint a great soundscape, almost orchestral in parts and I love that didgeridoo type sound in the background - doing the job of both bass and rhythm. 

    Great stuff

    Andy

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  16. Happy Birthday!

    I'll be joining you in the sixties club later this year but I can still run a 10k in under 60 minutes (just about) and I never imagined doing that in my sixth decade! Just shows how times change and you can do this stuff if your body and attitude allows. I'm not trying to prove a point though, it just helps me stay sane.

    Loved the sentiment and song, I'd bring up the BGVs a tad and the guitar solo - one crit: did you really have to mention the prunes... ☹️🥴😝

    Andy

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