I am excited to tell you that it is done and up on Sound Cloud. Click below to stream it and enjoy.
And now a little bit about this piece. I was watching an old episode of the Munsters and Eddie Munster was practicing the organ and he happened to play this piece. I couldn’t remember the name of the composer so I researched it. I found it was Chopin, and I researched even further into the sheet music. I downloaded the sheet music for piano and spent a lot of time rearranging it for two guitars. This way I could actually play it if I so chose to do so. When I printed my sheet music and started playing, I liked it so much that I decided to record myself performing both parts.
I spent a looooooong time trying to get the right tone. I started by going direct with my Stratocaster. Then I tried going direct with my Jackson Rhoads guitar. I settled on recording with the Jackson. I then decided to record my guitar through the amplifier. I further decided to do it by micing the guitar cabinet with two different mics thereby blending the two sounds together. I spent even more time positioning the mics just right. You can’t just stick mics in front of the cabinet and be done with it. Things get even more complicated by using two mics because there are phasing issues.
I spent quite awhile recording as I could only spend a small amount of time recording a part before something else came up. But I did finally finish the recording as you can see from my previous blogs. Then I spent a lot of time mixing which is my weakest point. However, I am very impressed with how much I learned by mixing and producing this myself. This is the best sounding recording I have produced so far. I am sure there will be much more and much better to come.
Lastly, the song is yours to download for free if you so choose. It is truly a beautiful piece of music and the beginning of the song is infamous!
After a lot of time updating numerous aspects of my website, I finally got something going. I think things look better, and I have much more control over the content. I hope you enjoy the change in the look.
I was in search of a small controller to use with Reaper to do my audio production. I thought about a small USB 10 key pad where I could assign the keys to be shortcuts in Reaper. But I discovered an app called Touch OSC. It integrates quite well with Reaper and I made my own customized control surface for Reaper to make my music production more efficient. This is even better and cooler than buying an expensive control surface with very few programmable shortcut keys.
I was reading about Chopin’s Funeral March somewhere and it intrigued me to look up the sheet music. I did and decided to make an arrangement of it for two guitars. I will also record it using my Jackson guitar. The sheet music is below.
Today my friend Glenn asked for some help performing “This Kind of Love” from Sister Hazel. I am transcribing the vocal line and transcribing the piano part for guitar. He would like to sing and play the song at his friend’s wedding. I think it will be a nice gesture, and I am more than happy to help him out with it.
I have also recently met a nice woman named Neili who specialized in West African Percussion. This is something very neat for me as I haven’t with too much percussion outside what is considered contemporary. I love her vibe, and I think I may just have her add a bit of African percussion to some of my songs. Fun, huh?
Back to finishing this Sister Hazel Transcription. More to come for sure.
I am very excited to announce that the Growing Place will have William’s Music Rhapsody as their provider of a dedicated music curriculum for the next school year. They are a wonderful bunch of people, the kids are terrific, and I love what they want to do with my music program! More info on the Growing Place can be found by clicking below.
Finally finished a demo of Imagine. I still need to add an improvising section along with a proper intro and a proper finale. However, you get the gist of the idea with this demo. Enjoy. Be sure to check out the Media Player for more music.