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  1. guitarsophist

    Backing Track Challenge - 354 Funk

    I really should have used my Starcaster on this because Leo Nocentelli played one, but my tele has new strings and a new white pickguard so I used that. Of course the white pickguard (as opposed to the black one that was on there) gave it a brighter, cleaner sound.
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    About a duck

    Yeah, I am a third generation Swede, so I know. My grandmother came through Ellis Island in the 1890's but she thought Minnesota looked too much like Sweden so she moved to California.
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    About a duck

    Well, it's the Scandinavian way.
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    Blues backing from Gilmourish shine on blues

    I had a go at it. Tele neck pickup through a Deluxe sim. It needs new strings. I went through my guitar stuff drawer and found that I had like 20 sets of acoustic strings but no electric strings. I guess I will have to play more acoustic.
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    Backing Track Challenge - 350 Blues Ballad

    Starcaster neck through Bassman sim. Just playing what might be a vocal line.
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    Backing Track Challenge - 349 Slow Blues

    Late to the party. Simple blues. Starcaster neck through Bassman sim. There are a couple of really shrill string squeaks that I rather unsuccessfully tried to tame with notch EQ.
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    Midweek Backing Track(s) - Your Choice 04.06.22

    #1: Starcaster neck pickup. This time I played finger style, no pick, so quite different from my normal stuff.
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    A new Beatles clip live and it is

    They were fans of Buck Owens, which is why they recorded "Act Naturally." I read somewhere that they had a deal to get every new Buckaroos record sent straight to England when it came out.
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    Midweek Backing Track(s) - Your Choice 03.30.22

    This is #3, the Gm blues. Starcaster plays rhythm and the Ovation plays lead. (Man, soundclouds uploads are slooow these last two days.
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    Midweek Backing Track(s) - Your Choice 03.30.22

    Numero Dos: My Ovation on the left playing arpeggios and my Starcaster on the right playing in A dorian, I guess. I tried to make the guitars support each other and I think I succeeded for the most part. It's long. I think that guitars sound nice together as it unfolds in the moment, but I wish...
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    IS IT JUST ME OR HAS EVERYBODY BEEN HYPNOTISED?

    I'm in the same situation, but a few months from complete retirement. However, I am going to miss my students. This generation is different from any that I have taught before, but they are not zombies. They are quite passionate about many things, just not the same things I am. I don't ban...
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    Backing Track Challenge - 346 Rock

    After @udoering 's comments about the two guitar parts conflicting with each other at times I decided to remix it a little. I used a volume envelop to eliminate the points of most egregious conflict. I think it sounds much better now, but it is other wise the same track.
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    Backing Track Challenge - 346 Rock

    @NWinther - Very expressive hand vibrato. Tone is almost Gilmour. Nice stuff over the bridge. @Mellencaster - I like the way the tone cleans up for the bridge. I am still trying to place the melody at the very beginning. Could it be Rocket Man by Elton John? @bgmacaw - The slide is mournful and...
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    Backing Track Challenge - 346 Rock

    I had to look up "ostinato." I agree. There are times when it worked and times when it didn't. Perhaps I should have used a volume envelope to subtract it from some places. Thanks for listening!
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    IS IT JUST ME OR HAS EVERYBODY BEEN HYPNOTISED?

    My comment was a bit ironic. "Be here now" was the advice of Sufi mystic Meher Baba, who was popular in the 1960's. Pete Townshend was a fan. However,it is actually good advice. While gazing at a cellphone, you are not living your life. You are observing reflections of other people's lives from...
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    Backing Track Challenge - 346 Rock

    I guess I'm first. Starcaster bridge on one side through a Deluxe sim, Starcaster neck on the other through a plexi sim. Pretty much in the Floydish vibe, G minor/GDorian.
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    IS IT JUST ME OR HAS EVERYBODY BEEN HYPNOTISED?

    The thing is that everyone knows this. Even the kids know it. They try to give up, but then they can't, though they know it's bad for them. No one knows what to do about it.
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    Midweek Backing Track(s) - Your Choice 03.23.22

    #1: This is a simple take with my Ovation. Ovations are not popular these days, but this one is sweet sounding and very comfortable to play. It is one of the best guitars I own.
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    Backing Track Challenge - 345 A Dorian

    I had this sound in mind, though those are SGs I think. They got sued by Dave Brubeck for this one because it has the same melody as Take Five.
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    Midweek Backing Track(s) - Your Choice 03.23.22

    I think this is #2. Quick straightforward take with my ES-175.
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    Backing Track Challenge - 345 A Dorian

    I had Lollar vintage wound P-90s put in that guitar. The stock pickups had too much gain and midrange honk. I don't usually go in for expensive boutique pickups, but this Lollar set is great. There aren't really that many choices for a Casino. The guitar can go from twangy, to jazzy, to hard...
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    Backing Track Challenge - 345 A Dorian

    Casino bridge pickup. The Farfisa or Vox organ on the backing track makes it sound really 60's, so I played it psychedelic. I have been using my Casino all week and I have been surprised at how versatile it is. Here it sounds like it could be in Quicksilver Messenger Service, probably because of...
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    Pete Davidson will NOT go into space next week!

    I think Pete thought he was going into space until he realized he was already there.
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    Improve Challenge Homemeade #9

    A quick attempt. The lead has an envelop shaper on it to take away most of the attack and smooth out the release. Otherwise, just E minor noodling. Not my usual sort of track, but interesting. Thanks.




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