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By hent03 on June 21, 2020 9:20 am

I started playing guitar again, and my fingers hurt. Also, I can't play F chords anymore and my guitar won't stay in tune. Those realizations aside, I challenged myself this week to write a song on the guitar with a technique I've been practicing where you slap the strings while you play to create a percussive effect. I recorded about ten takes straight onto my phone (yay for passing traffic) but it never got better than the second. Maybe one day I'll write lyrics? Anyway, do me a favor? If you listen to this track through to the end, imagine the whistling as a piano or some other instrument that is nice.

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June 22, 2020 12:06 am

Nice playing on that guitar - it sounds like you did not lose much and you're getting quite a nice sound even recording through your phone!
The lo fi vibe of the general track adds a nostalgic feel to it. On the one hand I'd like to hear a version with all instruments and full mix and on the other hand something might get lost in the process. Great work there - looking forward to hearing more guitar stuff!

June 22, 2020 12:51 am

Such a feel good track man. What are the chords for this? I've been also starting to play the guitar again and trying to make some tracks out of it. After 3 days, I got callouses all over my finger tips.
I'm thinking about sampling this myself!

June 22, 2020 4:09 am

It is so calm and lovely! Your hum and whistle melody is so nice with the chords. I want to play piano with your guitar playing big_smile

June 22, 2020 9:08 am
Kedbreak136 wrote:

Nice playing on that guitar - it sounds like you did not lose much and you're getting quite a nice sound even recording through your phone!
The lo fi vibe of the general track adds a nostalgic feel to it. On the one hand I'd like to hear a version with all instruments and full mix and on the other hand something might get lost in the process. Great work there - looking forward to hearing more guitar stuff!


If I ever come back to the track, you'll get to hear something more properly mixed. smile



danju wrote:

Such a feel good track man. What are the chords for this? I've been also starting to play the guitar again and trying to make some tracks out of it. After 3 days, I got callouses all over my finger tips.
I'm thinking about sampling this myself!


Thanks, man! The chords are basically C, A, F, Fm, and Am with a capo on the first fret. The shapes are a little strange for some of them, so I've put them below in case that kind of thing interests you.

verse
C: -32030
A: -02030
F: 1x3210 (fret the bass note with the thumb to open the high E string)
Fm: 133111

interlude
Am: x02010
G/Am: 3x2010
F and Fm as above


Alette wrote:

It is so calm and lovely! Your hum and whistle melody is so nice with the chords. I want to play piano with your guitar playing big_smile


Thank you! Maybe we can do a little collaboration of some kind in the future. I'd love to have a little more than a guitar sometimes. smile

June 22, 2020 12:40 pm

this is so nice. peaceful and calming. glad you recorded it and share it with us. Thanks.

June 22, 2020 12:56 pm

Very cool. The cars driving by is a plus to the feel of the song. Nice work with the guitar and transitioning between sections with the slowdown and strummed chord. You are a person of many talents. 

June 22, 2020 5:40 pm

Love the sound you got with that percussive slapping technique. Nice guitar and vocal chops! Never would have thought you were having difficulties because sounds very natural.

June 23, 2020 12:45 am
Q-Rosh wrote:

this is so nice. peaceful and calming. glad you recorded it and share it with us. Thanks.


Thank you for listening. Really appreciate it!


Anon_Buster wrote:

Very cool. The cars driving by is a plus to the feel of the song. Nice work with the guitar and transitioning between sections with the slowdown and strummed chord. You are a person of many talents.


I have to admit, I was hoping for some ambient noise to drift in and out of the recording, but I didn't really expect it to come out so loud.


NWSPR wrote:

Love the sound you got with that percussive slapping technique. Nice guitar and vocal chops! Never would have thought you were having difficulties because sounds very natural.


Thanks so much! In some ways I think we'll always be our own worst critics.

June 23, 2020 3:26 pm

Ahh so lovely, this feels so personal. It reminds of the rare times I used to get to jam with my friends before we all split up and went our different ways. Love it heart

June 28, 2020 6:22 pm

this is the perfect soundtrack to this soporific, sunny, relaxing sunday afternoon
i just wish i was listening to this at the beach instead of at home in the city smile

June 29, 2020 7:04 am

July 1, 2020 7:09 pm

Love the nostalgic feel the chord progression creates especially with the humming and whistling.  The birds and passing traffic give it that extra touch imho.  Nice work!

July 3, 2020 4:50 am
hieme wrote:

Ahh so lovely, this feels so personal. It reminds of the rare times I used to get to jam with my friends before we all split up and went our different ways. Love it <3


Playing "live" instead of programming steps was a really good way to remember how much fun it is sometimes just to jam. Thanks for listening!


emily wrote:

this is the perfect soundtrack to this soporific, sunny, relaxing sunday afternoon
i just wish i was listening to this at the beach instead of at home in the city smile


Admittedly, I would have liked to have been playing it at a beach, too. The waves probably would have made a better background haha

Ipaghost wrote:


Oddly similar to the actual recording.



Tone Matrix wrote:

Love the nostalgic feel the chord progression creates especially with the humming and whistling.  The birds and passing traffic give it that extra touch imho.  Nice work!


Thanks for listening! Every now and again there's something nice about recording in a lo-fi style!

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