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Archive Monthly Archives: August 2007

New song – Dirtbag

Wow this one was done quickly, thanks to ‘brad sucks’ from ccmixter.org. I added heavy guitars, solos and outro to the tune and removed all the electronics and sound effects.


New soul style song – “In Your Eyes” with Vocals

Ok for a huge change from my normal stuff, here’s a song with vocals. I got the vocals from the awesome collaborative and sharing site ccmixter.org and a vocalist named Songboy3. If you haven’t head about the Creative Commons licence you should check it out.

I used Reason drum and bass samples as well as a rhodes instrument and guitar loop. Cubase to do the final export to wav file and GoldWave to convert to mp3.

Song-A-Week/Lesson-A-Week Project slow, meets objectives

Due to a variety of reasons I am altering my Song A Week Project. More accurately, I’m slowing the pace of song creation to a more manageable level – about 1 song per month. Some of the reasons are:

  • The project achieved it’s major goal which was to start writing music, getting off my butt, turning off the TV and taking action rather than talking about it all the time
  • I have a bunch of good quality tunes that I can work with in the future to re-engineering or modify for a CD.
  • I proved to myself that I can put in the large effort required after work, before work and all weekends with a full-time job in IT!
  • I’m working out of town, and fly back every 2 weeks on thursday night, without all my guitar gear of course. So every other week I only have 3 days (monday to wednesday) to get a song done!
  • I need to focus an equal amount of time on marketing my music and updating my website – changing the website, joining forums, responding to questions and comments, submitting tunes and videos all over the place, etc
  • I am still doing video guitar lessons
  • Jazz practising has ground to a halt
  • Absolutely no social life at this point, etc, etc.
  • From some of the constructive comments at Garageband.com, I will be increasing the quality of production of the songs before releasing them, having more time to do this, including more involved bass lines, drum parts, etc.

So I will be still putting out new tunes, just at a bit of a slower pace for the foreseeable future.

Week 6 Lesson – Harmonizing Riffs

How to harmonize a riff using 3rds (ie going up a minor or major 3rd from each note in the riff). I used the Dminor harmonic minor scale which has the following notes: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C#, D.

Here’s the video. I’ve uploaded my videos to multiple sites at once now. Metacafe will reward me for viewership (unlike YouTube who got bought for $1.6B for user-submitted content). ;o)

Here’s the guitar tab: Week 6 Lesson – Harmonizing Riffs. Note the Drop D tuning and time signature changes in 4th bar.

Week 6 Song – Kerry’s Jig

This week’s free mp3 download has got a celtic flavor for my number one fan and Newfoundlander buddy Kerry Brown.

Kerry’s Jig

Track of The Day at GarageBand

Blues for John is going to be track of the day tomorrow! (Friday, August 10).

It also won “Best Guitars in Blues Rock, week of 6Aug2007″ at Garageband.

Week Five Lesson – Triads and Inversions

Here’s the tab: Lesson Five – Triads and Inversions

If you want more info on theory for guitar, check out this theory for guitar book.

Week Five Song – Santa Maria.mp3

Here’s my latest song.

It’s a latin style song with typical chord progression influenced by Carlos Santana.