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    Yet another use of GPO instruments in smooth jazz

    After listening to a way cool 7/8 tune that had GPO instruments in it, I just had to post the latest little tune I'm working on for a smooth jazz album.

    It's at: http://kevinselby.com/musicfilespubl...nTowerDemo.mp3

    Starts out with GPO harp (hope I didn't completely rape the instrument here) and uses that fabulous Flute Solo V for some melody and solo work. Also uses the Full Strgs KS Combo (using the C# keyswitch, whatever that one is).

    Flute comes in initially around 0:48 in a light melody role, but then it really shows its head around 1:15. Harp plays pretty much throughout (for that clock like sound).

    The rest of the track uses the Roland Super Quartet and a Smart Loops shaker loop.

    I have some major cleaning up to do, add a clock ticking at the front (blended with the harp), replace the ridiculous initial melody with pan flute or something, add percussion fills, add a final verse/chorus or two and head out.

    Have had an absolute blast playing with all my toys lately!!! The GPO strings allow me to get that gorgeous simple string sound nestled into the mix just so...which allows the song to flow...and I've wanted to get that sound for a LONG time (and I mean a LONG time man...).
    Kevin B. Selby
    http://kevinselby.com <-- Public site
    http://kevinselby.com/gpo <--My music catalog FREE to GPO users: username: gpo - pword: garritan

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    Re: Yet another use of GPO instruments in smooth jazz

    Nice mix, good sounds. I didn't know that flute could do that!
    What are you using for bass and drums?
    Thanks for posting this!

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    Tasty, track, Kevin!

    I hope we'll get to hear the "finished" version. So the GPO instruments were one of the harps, the Flute V and one of the keys of the All Strings KS and everything else was Roland and Smart Loops?

    I'd add a rhythm guitar pretty much throughout, personally, to keep something in the middle going on, but that's just me.

    Isn't it nice to feel you get a "breakthru" now and then!?

    KevinKauai

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    Hey Kev...it's me Kev (Kevin's have always wanted to do that...snicker).

    Bass and Drums are the Roland Super Quartet. I am constantly finding new versatility in that particular library. LOVE it! One of the best investments (second only to GPO) that I've made in awhile.

    And yes, Mr. K, those are the only sounds I used. It surely does need a rhythm guitar or something to fill in the middle...I'll probably do something with that aspect.

    Oh...almost forgot, I was also going to insert some breaths here and there to completely falsify the fact that I'm using a keyboard. Har har. I LOVE the way the GPO flute gives that extra OOMPH when you slam the keys or hit them really hard but stacatto. Very nicely programmed, that flute. I'm falling in love with it daily.

    Anyhoo...you will all have access to all of the tracks on Palouse once it's done since I have the URL to my catalog in my signature tag...for now you'll have to be content with little snippets here and there.

    Thanks for the comments. I hope this is showing that even little bits of GPO, when used tastefully in non-classical settings, can really help fill in their particular niche (and they blend very well with the Roland Super Quartet too, I might add).
    Kevin B. Selby
    http://kevinselby.com <-- Public site
    http://kevinselby.com/gpo <--My music catalog FREE to GPO users: username: gpo - pword: garritan

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    Re: Yet another use of GPO instruments in smooth jazz

    Kevin

    That was very smooth. I like the groove. Thought the harp was very good (take it from a harpist) and the flute was just plain terrific.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Gary Garritan

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