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    Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    Hi - This is my first post with a link and an Mp3. Looking for honest (but gentle) critique of my music to help me learn etc.

    Hope this link works. When you open the link you may have to scroll down a little to see the 'Low and Hi Fi' links and click to hear the music. There is a picture of a guitar above it.

    This piano part (using Motu MachFive) was totally improvised (first take) The Strad solo and background vibrato strings were added later. It is very short (45-50 seconds)

    The main reason I set up an account with Soundclick was to be able to provide links to the Listening Room to get feedback and improve.

    Thanks in Advance!!

    http://www.soundclick.com/members/de...ember=DelCarry

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    Re: Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    Gentle? Nah. We eat the new guys alive... rofl!

    Del, seriously, a warm welcome to the fray. And
    a darned fine showing, at that.

    The piano work in this is first-chair (though I like
    the Garritan piano sound somewhat better, if you
    have it). That it's improvised makes no difference
    to me. Writing is writing, instant or distilled.

    Likewise on the Strad. That solo is impressive;
    extremely well done on the writing, again.

    One comment I might make is perhaps you would
    try mixing a little more toward center in places.

    Del, I would also urge you to get back in there
    and take this further. This is introductory -- but
    there is some excellent material there to work
    with!

    My best,


    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    David - Thank you for your kind comments. I have listened to your stuff as well in the last few months,(Ruminations, Rosa Parks and the light piece to name a few-your style is very modern (unique) and deep which I really like and can also appreciate all the work that goes into it) So coming from you, your feedback and comments are gold to me.

    Much appreciated!

    Del

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    Re: Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    Very nice and the title is perfect because recorded improvisation is crystalized thoughts

    Roberto

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    Re: Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    This is very beautiful! One feels it is too short and likes to hear more....

    I agree with David that the sound of the strings, although quite beautiful, sounded a bit strangely off the stage.

    Great music, thank you.
    Kind Regards

    Louis Dekker
    My Music Site

    Pour être grand, il faut avoir été petit.

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    Re: Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    Old Bob and Louis D - Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions. Appreciated! I must really properly set up my speaker monitors to judge the stereo mix better. My 2 big computer monitors are hogging my desk too much.

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    Re: Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    Quote Originally Posted by DelCarry
    Old Bob and Louis D - Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions. Appreciated! I must really properly set up my speaker monitors to judge the stereo mix better. My 2 big computer monitors are hogging my desk too much.
    Del, I suggest you also always check a mix on headphones;
    that will quickly bring out anything that is panned too much
    to one side. Monitors will "mix in the room" and sometimes
    flaws in the mix are overlooked because of this.

    Note that one should never do a mix solely with headphones.
    Reviewing with both headphones and monitors is essential.

    Placement of monitors (and your head... lol) is also important.
    For me, I find it ideal to draw an equilateral triangle about
    six feet on a side. The speakers should be at two points of
    the triangle, turned perhaps 15-20 degrees inward toward
    center; and your ears should be at the third point on the
    triangle. Don't push the volume, and try to have your head at
    a level with the monitor tweeters (assuming yours have them)
    or slightly above so you won't miss or misinterpret highs.

    This arrangement can vary, of course, with personal taste,
    monitors, the type of music, and other factors. If Dan Kury
    is around somewhere, he can fill you in more -- and undoubtedly
    much better.

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
    .

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    Re: Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    Hi Del,
    ... and welcome to the forum. What a wonderful start. Wish I had the talent to play the piano like you so effortlessly. I enjoyed the many textures and ranges of your work especially the lower "muddy" roads. "Mud", to me, is a good thing. "smile" The strad is so expressive beginning with the marcato hits and swinging down on slides to end low in range. Excellent piece; and one that I wish you would expand. Thank you for sharing this work.

    Michael
    "...Wiktor's a Jekyll-Hyde personality..." - Lycos Music
    http://www.miserymadebeautiful.com

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    Re: Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    Michael - Thanks for your kinds words! I think I just got lucky on the piano part. I actually surprised myself at the time as this was a straight first take. No quantising (never got the hang of it-which is probably a good thing) I have found that after not playing for a short while when I just sit down to play it just happens - maybe all the pent up feelings of the past days come out in the music. So I have learned to press the record button early.

    Anyway, enough about me - I like to hear what others are doing and (I had to dig a bit as I could not get your site up for some reason) so dug up some of your old posts and found a wonderful thing called Marrionette you did with the Garritan advanced orchestral strings (I actually have this as well-bought it from a musician from Florida on Ebay) Very nice orchestrations in your piece! You definitely have a talent for this stuff! I cna also appreciate all the work that went into this.

    This is my next challenge, to do a more extended work. Now to find the time!

    Del

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    Re: Strad and piano with strings - 'Thoughts'

    Very nice work, Del!

    The first submission is always the hardest.

    .. But this is a great first one!.. no worries there.

    A great harmony with nice articulations... and a decent rendering too!

    Great work!

    ~Jeff

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