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Discussion in 'Ballad of the Month' started by AndyG, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. AndyG

    AndyG Member

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    Seems that being first to attempt the March tune, I have the job of choosing one for April.
    I didn't really know what to choose so decided upon a tune I enjoyed playing along to when I first started learning and still enjoy playing along to.
    So imagine by John Lennon ... and hope everyone has fun with it.
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  2. Chris

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    Cheers Andy, if anyone is stuck for a backing track just PM me..

    Chris..
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    Gallen Senior Member

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    Oooh this song sounds nice! Can't wait. Thanks Andy!
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    Well it looks like I`m in first again. I`ve tried out on Sop this month and I am not too pleased, but the only other option would be to give it some hardcore practice on my tone until the end of the month and try then. I still need to re-do last months tune but my Conn is leaking again "due to the ambient heat variations I think".

    Meanwhile if anyone wants my Option of next months choice feel free to PM me as I would "Waive Privilege" if asked No Probs.


    The song is at the top of "MySpace link as normal:thumb:
  5. AndyG

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    Nice one Clivey :welldone I enjoyed that.
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    OK, I give in ..... how do I find the sound clip? I bet it's really obvious!!

    Dave Mac
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    Thanks Trimmy,
    doh!! I should have known to look for AndyG's sound clip on Clivey's website. ...... or did I read it all wrong??? (Wouldn't be the first time - today). Lovely sound!! Worth the wait, thanks.

    Dave.
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    A thoroughly enjoyable listen; many thanks Clivey. I can't see why you are so critical of your tone, it sounds fine to me even though I have mislaid my ear-trumpet.

    Thanks again.
    Dave
  10. Chris

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    The Sop made a very nice change Clivey. Glad you posted early..

    Chris
  11. Mike

    Mike Senior Member

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    Nice Clivey....Wonderful control!
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    Chris Well Known Cafe Moderator

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  13. Mike

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    Hey good attempt Chris....I know you're just starting out.
    Ya need to tighten up the rhythm a tad but then again so do I!
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    Hi Guys,

    I just admire you guys for uploading your interpretation and yes it was nice to hear the soprano (beautifull tone and 'feel') and Chris if your a beginner your doing bloody fine in my book!

    Just out of interest exactly how are you recording and uploading. I am working up the balls to join in!!!!
  15. Chris

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    Mike thanks for the comments..

    Rikki, thanks for having a listen and the comments also.. As for recording, a lot of the guys use " Audacity" software.. It's free..
    You will need some sort of interface between mic and PC. Also a mic, anything from a simple clip on mic to expensive " Ribbon " mics.. It all depends on what you want to achieve and how much you want to spend. Software up from the one I mentioned would be " Reaper" less than £50 for the single license.. As for backing tracks, well for theses ballads we are doing I can normally sort out an mp3 that you can put into your recording software and play along with..

    I think a webcam mic might work ok, as would a zoom H2 or H4.. Some others will probably chip in with ideas as well.

    Chris
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    nice one clivey and cris
    Yeh Rikki the more the merrier
    I will hopefully post mine later in the month I want to try a different mic this time.
    Good luck and dont hesitate to ask questions here all the guys and gals are really helpfull
    allansto
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    Taz Busking Oracle

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    Very nicely done Saxade!
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    Nice contrast between the two sax's Adrian, well done..:thumb:
  20. Taz

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    Clive I really like your soprano version, for some reason I think it reminds me of the 50's it could be the way you use vibrato. Well done mate.
  21. Taz

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    Chris, your tone is still as lovely as ever, but I have to agree with Mike regarding your timing. Are you reading from the dot's whilst you play and can you hear the backing track whilst you record yourself?
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    Thanks guys for the comments...
    and thanks to Clivey and Chris for kicking it off for this month :thumb:
    Great to hear a Soprano .. then a Tenor ... I used an Alto ... Now we need a ??
    Something starting with B ...;}
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    Hey Adrian that sounds like a good idea, HOW about it Pete???

    Pete, A lack of practice doesn't help:thumb: And having the backing to low in the headphones makes things a bit harder:)))..

    Chris.
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    Chris, although you did get a little lost still, it was a huge improvement on the first one! Your timing was so much more natural, it sounded much easier on the ear! Well done mate. Time to start experimenting on headphone volume/position I tend to have one ear half covered that way I can hear the sax and the backing track and I don't have any monitoring on so there is no sax in the headphones. It helps to cut down on the latency.
    Another step up the ladder of saxuality my friend!
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    Thanks for the listens guys. I have to say I`ve also enjoyed listening to Ades and Chris`s cuts as well. It`s really crazy to think about how much time and money it would have cost to get stuff of this quality down back in the bad old days before computers and the internet.

    I hope that a few more here will start to post " Ballad" recordings. It`s all for fun and it`s also a taste of trying to get something cut to some kind of deadline. ie a challenge.

    Put it this way. I`d rather do this than swat for a grade any day of the week :)
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    Hmmmm, why do I suddenly feel like like I've been cornered? Hoodwinked! Ok ok, here it is, and I must apologize to you Chris. It would appear that my timing is bloomin awful! It's only when you record and listen you actualy hear yourself as others do.........Oops :w00t:

    Imagine
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    Taz and saxade Well done...........Awesome.
    More more..........encore

    So to help with my recording
    Question.......
    should I be listening to the backing track on headphones while recording to mic?????
    Then put the two tracks together??????
    Allansto
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  29. Taz

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    In a word, yes. Make sure that you can hear an equal balance of the backing track through the headphones and your live sax.
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    You may also want to adjust the latency correction so the new track is properly sync'ed with the backing. Here's how to do it in Audacity:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEIEDGExoqM&feature=related
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    @Taz, I bet you where singing that to yourself as you played??:)( don't we all?:w00t:) Plus there is nothing wrong with embellishing the melody:thumb:. Hmmm!! 5 hours or less between being conned into playing>:) and posting you are being too hard on yourself mate..As for an apology to me forget it. ( none needed) constructive critique and advise is a good thing..

    Chris..
  32. Taz

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    Ha ha thanks Chris, it's not like I had to learn the tune. Your right, I was singing the words in my head, in fact I think it's how I remember a tune. I've often wonder if this holds me back when it comes to improvisation?
    I did notice that my tone sounds a little thin on the top end though. Oh well, back to the grindstone (and what a lovely place it is too :thumb:)
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    Yes, your rhythm has tightened up a bit. Are you reading this Chris? If you are, I suggest you memorize it then
    play it.
    On the bridge you stumble a bit but I chalk that up to your incessant need to play free....lol

    Definitely an improvement from the first take. Keep at it man. Before you know it you won't need me to supply sax on your writings!
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    That was awesome Andyg
    I loved the way you were bending some of your notes
    Insirational
    Allansto
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    Very nice Andy. I do love your tone, it's very full. Nice, and a lovely bit of improvisation at the end too.
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    Well played Andy, plus you made it your own with a bit of improv. Nice one.:thumb:


    Chris.
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    where can I get the sheet music for this in Eb for alto sax?
  39. allansto

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    The martinAlto

    Wikifonia
    you have to join up /become a member/ log in
    click on transpose top left hand corner Eb
    download / open / print
    Allansto
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  40. allansto

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    Right
    So Ive now got a new mic and some earphones
    How do I get the mic to work from the computer?
    I think I have to supply power to the mic?
    is that right?
    THe mic has an xlr input with a cable running to a 6.5mm male plug,ive adapted down to a 3.5mm plug
    how do I get power supply to the mic?
    Allansto

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