Autumn Leaves by Oldhead 49

Maggie @batwoman sent me a note requesting this song from long ago.
Only for you, Maggie. This one goes back a long way, when I was recording on Audacity and had no idea what I was doing, playing or recording.

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Thankyou so much Dave. It’s even better than I remember. I’m glad you chose the non drums version.

You do a very good impression of playing with beautiful tone, clean timing and a soulful melancholy Dave. I wish my ‘not knowing what I’m doing’ sounded this good!

I very much appreciate you finding this and posting it. :gift_heart: Talented man you are.

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@oldhead49

Dave, what a delightful memory. Fabulous tone and feel.

I’m with @batwoman

Just going to add ‘playing or recording’

Nice playing Dave, I remember this from quite a while ago but I think that you had drums on it then; I much prefer this one. I still find it so easy to think that you’re not playing this on a Strat :joy:
I’m not sure what the Jazz purists would think about those bends but I think that they sounded great! Keep stuff like this coming buddy :+1::+1::+1:

Super stuff Dave. Lovely clean tones and a real jazzy vibe. I don’t remember it from before, maybe before my time, but great to get the chance to hear it this time round.

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I just nipped over to the old house. Found this.
First version, with drums
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Second version without drums. This is what Dave posted here.
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That was excellent Dave - very well done!
Sometimes I don’t know what I’m doing too, but it doesn’t sound nearly as good as this! :wink:

Sounds good hear, here… There is some ref that this was not on the Strat? So what guitar is it?

Nice play and very mello, good stuff for waking up too!

Keep rock’n,
LB

Oh yeah, I remember this one! Thanks for the re-share. Well done sir.

I hope you don’t mind, but I also quite enjoyed it. Such a nice mellow sound. From what I deduced in other comments, you played this on a strat?

@batwoman Thanks, Maggie. As I recall, you were the one to prompt the non-drums version. Glad you brought this one back; I haven’t listened to it for a long time.

@DavidP Thank you, David. I like the tone, but I can still hear a tentative me playing. We were just getting going back then.

@DarrellW Thanks, Darrell. You’ve got a good memory. Yep, the first version had drums. I think the consensus of responders was that the non-drum version was the one to keep. I always meant to get back to it, but it just didn’t happen. Well, I’m certainly not a purist, and I like the bends too. This has got me to thinking about taking on a couple jazz songs; you’ve got to love those jazz type chords.

@sairfingers: Gordon, thank you. It was in '17, as Maggie pointed out by digging into the archives. I was just getting started on the forum back then.

@batwoman Well, aren’t you clever!. I’ll have to go back and read through that thread. It’s interesting they were more than a month apart. It must have taken me that long to be able to play it through again.

@Tom_B Thanks for the listen and comments, Tom. Ha. At my age I never know quite what I’m doing!

@LBro Yep, it was the Strat, LB. You must have misread Darrell’s comments. It’s the only guitar I had at the time. “Good stuff for waking up too” - and good stuff to put you to sleep.

@CT Yeah, you’ve got a mind like a trap, CT. Thanks for the comments.

@tony Don’t mind at all, Tony, and glad you enjoyed it. Yes it was played on a mid-nineties Strat. A great guitar. A little EQ goes a long way sometimes.

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If you would elaborate on your setup, amp, etc, I’d appreciate it. That mellow sound is so nice.

Well, Tony, this was almost 5 years ago and the only thing I had was the guitar plugged into my effects pedal and that plugged into my computer. I’m sure I was using the neck pickup on the Strat and had the tone knob adjusted down some. There is an equalizer on the pedal but I couldn’t tell you how it was set. The reverb was also in the pedal. The pedal is a DigiTec RP155, which is no longer made, but most multi-effect pedals have those things built in. Other than that I can’t be specific. It’s one of those things you just have to play around with. And all guitars will have a different sound. Sorry I can’t be more specific.

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@oldhead49 Thanks! Have a super day

Very nice, Dave. Definitely a classic song, and a fun one to play. Sounded good!

I haven’t played Autumn Leaves in a while. Actually, I think the last time was in a guitar store a couple years ago. I was checking out a guitar (don’t recall what it was), and another guy was checking out one of the Ibanez Artcore hollow-bodies (amusing that I remember what he was playing, but not what guitar I had). Anyway, he started playing the chord progression for Autumn Leaves and when I realized what he was playing I joined in on the melody. Took him a few seconds to notice, but then he got a big grin on his face. Cool when stuff like that happens.

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Very nice, Dave. Definitely a classic song, and a fun one to play. Sounded good!

I haven’t played Autumn Leaves in a while. Actually, I think the last time was in a guitar store a couple years ago. I was checking out a guitar (don’t recall what it was), and another guy was checking out one of the Ibanez Artcore hollow-bodies (amusing that I remember what he was playing, but not what guitar I had). Anyway, he started playing the chord progression for Autumn Leaves and when I realized what he was playing I joined in on the melody. Took him a few seconds to notice, but then he got a big grin on his face. Cool when stuff like that happens

@J.W.C Jason, thanks for the feedback. This really needs a proper redo. I had just joined the forum when I plucked this one. I just love the chords in this.

Great story you told. Oddly, right after learning the chords to this I was in a guitar store checking out guitars and a guy started playing the melody. He said he never learned the chords. I asked him to play it and when he got to the second verse I came in with the chords. Man, was I nervous. We just played on for about 3 or 4 minutes. When we finished, people that were behind us started applauding - maybe because we had stopped. Anyhow, for me it was a memorable experience. It really is cool when things like that happen.

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The jazz standards like Autumn Leaves are great for re-dos. You can take them in all sorts of different directions, different tempos, etc. And I agree about the chords: beautiful harmony.

Ha! That’s awesome, and funny that we both had similar experiences playing this song in a guitar store. I guess that’s another cool thing about the jazz standards: a lot of musicians are familiar with them.

For sure. And MUSICIANS do know the jazz standards. I certainly can’t put myself in that category. Fortunately I just happened to know that progression. Thank you JustinGuitar.

Shut your mouth, Dave! You play music. You’re a musician. :slight_smile:

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Indulging myself this morning with a cup of coffee and listening to this. Wish the coffee was as smooth and tasty as your music. Great job.

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