A. Mamontovas - Saulės miestas (A. Montovas - City of Sun) [acoustic]

Hey, everybody, I’ve been rather busy with everything going on in my life and did not have time to record anything for quite a while. This time, decided to go with a song in my local language (Lithuanian), which was written in 1995. The lyrics are kinda unimportant, because they are none-sense, the gist of it is, if you are feeling down just think about good things and you’ll be fine.

At first, I did not want to do it, but then after couple of days of searching for best chords, I found that someone posted more or less interesting progression Cadd9 G for verses and Em D C G for choruses. Added in a bit of amateurish arpeggiation (which at times is all around the place) for Cadd9 and G at the start of verses, added different strumming patterns and here’s what I cooked-up. Also, decided to go with Capo 3, because I liked the best how the chords sound with it.

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Hi Aurimas, unfortunately the recording of the guitar wasn’t very clear for me, although your voice sounded fine.

You’ve done well, Aurimas. Both left and right hand looked good … smooth, steady, relaxed. The recording of the vocal came across well.

I agree with @Willsie01, the guitar tone, particularly the strumming, sounded off. Perhaps share how you made the recording and we may pick something up to help with that. Without knowing it sounded like it may have been recorded with a webcam or laptop integrated mic and the computer doing some echo cancellation or filtering?

That aside, well done, you did great with flowing through those stuck chords.

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Yeh, sorry, for the bad video quality. I was using indeed a laptop with internet camera, maybe it was just too far away.

Here’s a soundcloud link with just the guitar part.

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No apologies needed, Aurimas, ever! We all do the best we can in every respect and keep learning, often from each other.

This guitar only sounds much better. Now can you try play and sing with the same setting? Let’s see how that may sound.

What do you mean by ‘internet camera’? Is that the built-in camera on the laptop used typically for online meetings etc with both audio and video?

What application did you use to make the video? May also help to share if the laptop is running Windows, iOS, or Linux?

And this sounds really good. I liked the body taps and the switch being single strings and strumming.

What I mean by a video-camera is that I used my laptop’s in built camera, but I went to webcamera.io website; recorded everything, downloaded the vid and uploaded into youtube. I’ve done it a few times already (Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory and These Days) in this way. Maybe it was because I use a capo and its in a different key and the sound is lower, and I don’t use a pick on acoustic to strum, maybe that’s why the sound is poor quality, or maybe the laptop was just too far away.

Regarding singing at the same time that I’m playing, yes, I’ve done that in the vid, but since the recording’s audio is in poor quality, you can’t here the strings so clearly. Basically, the sound-cloud is just the guitar part without me singing. I could upload the singing + guitar part within an hour or two.

Thanks for more info. I can’t test that app at the moment. Maybe it is worth trying to use a local app to make the recording. I suggest that because it sounded like the guitar audio was somehow distorted during the recording process.

That said, I recall your other videos and don’t recall the same issue so maybe it was just the laptop position.

I don’t believe the capo and using your thumb would have influenced the sound to cause what we heard in the recording.

Maybe it is worth using a local app to do the recording, removing the dependency on the internet. Many of us are getting good results using OBS. It will work on all the common operating systems.

Meanwhile, when you have a chance, perhaps re-record the song with the laptop in the same position that you used to record the instrumental that you shared.

:grimacing: Easier said then done, because I used my phone for the recording of instrumental, which is simply sitting on my lap lol.

Ah I see. My bad, I thought the audio only was made with the laptop as well.

Have you tried recording the video of you playing and singing with your phone? If it is a reasonably modern mobile you’ll probably find the camera is more than good enough and the audio sounded great.

I have made some recordings on my phone (not brand new and not top of any range) and then used the share function to upload the video straight to my YouTube channel.

Turn it into landscape mode and figure out how to position it to get a reasonable video composition (head and full guitar is ideal).

Now it is time for me to play some guitar :grin:

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Here’s another version from my phone with vocals.

That sounds much better! Well done.

Is it possible to make the video with your phone?

Very cumbersome, since I don’t have a stand for phone.

Yeah, that can be a hassle. I have a music stand that I use when making videos with my phone. Perhaps you could put the laptop where it was for the video and rest the phone on its side against the laptop screen?

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I could, but then I’d have to experiment with distance how much is visible, how much is still hearable etc. Eh, for now it’s gonna be purely on soundcloud.

Nothing wrong with that.

Keep doing what you are doing, you are making good progress.

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