Hey folks, birthday present in hand I’ve been swapping practice and play with my new PRS p20e Parlor for the last month and a half. The Parlor size is awesome for travel or just grab and go in the house. Acoustic is definitely harder to play and when I come back to the electric it feels so much easier!
Anyway, I played this one straight but with some strumming changes throughout the song and I think it worked ok. The band is back with the Songs App, just couldn’t stay away too long from my recent OM without backup .
As usual any views are greatly appreciated and any comments are too!…Rod
As always great vocals, you really do the song justice. Jealous at how effortless you make those f chord changes look. One of the songs I’m working on has a bunch of f chord changes and it really is tough.
That new guitar is gorgeous! Very unique look, love the white pick guard.
Very nice Rod.
Great timing and I thought the 16 beat strumming was great.
Guitar sounded very nice and you sang it well.
You have inspired me to do a cover of it. I like you have never done one.
Great job Rod, nice cover! Sounds really good. Love this song and am working on it myself, with a combination of finger style and strumming. I don’t sing though, because unlike you I tend to sound like an enraged donkey.
Nicely done. Liked the tone on the new guitar! Your vox and play were great to my ears. Nice job on both. To me this was simply a nice listen all the way around. Not sure though on the strumming pattern when you did not sing. Kind of different there. None the less, a very fine effort!
Many many happy returns, Rod. And I look forward to many returns here with the PRS. Beautiful looking and sounding instrument.
Loved your strumming, sounded good, and your vocal was engaging. I also like your intro banter … you, Toby, Brian, the intro banter maestros.
On the production …
I assume the PRS was plugged into the Spark, which was mic’ed up to add the app BT and guitar blended into the mix. I would have liked the App to be coming through a little louder. It was so soft that in my playback I was getting a hint that was more distracting than adding. As we said at the OM, you do fine without the Band. So I’d say either turn the band up to be balanced in the mix or drop them. That said, I appreciate it may be tricky to tweak that in the way things are setup.
I assume the PRS has a built-in preamp? If so I suggest experimenting with the tone controls. I love a dark warm sound, but maybe guitar could benefit from a little boost in the higher frequencies.
I might also lift the vocal level just a wee bit in the mix. As always, that guitar-vocal balance is highly subjective. It was not a problem in your recording, that comment is just my preference and taste.
Great job of this timeless classic Rod. I liked your strumming pattern mix. It really worked and drove the song along and the little outro bit was great too. Your vocal and phrasing suited the song. Well done.
Yes sir both BT and guitar coming out of the Spark and into the mic. I think I finally realized that the headphones make me hear the backing track louder than the actual recording and that may be why I tend to leave that so soft. I may need to just ditch the headphones and focus on that mix, but since I hear the track so well, I’m probably just using it to keep time
I’m using an acoustic tone on the Spark that sounds more muted. I made a tone that really brightened up the guitar but it sounded so much like an electric guitar I just left it less bright. Lots to play with here!
On the vocal mic I’m right at the clip point on gain with that really cranked. That dynamic mic is way softer than I thought it would be. I always appreciate your keen ear on these sir……Rod
As soon as I heat “Its Rod from North Carolina” I know I am in for a treat and no disappointment here. New geetar looks pretty cool and as ever your vocals were on point. Interesting and entertaining arrangement that worked really well - I once did an adrenaline fuelled pumping 8s version, out on Soundcloud somewhere or maybe YT ! Yep lots of scope with this one.
Happy NGD and happy birthday sir ! May there be many more.
Thanks sir! I’ve got the Tabs subscription and have a few in my stash. Rambling through the woods of this guitar journey. I think the magic of the songs app is it forces you to the timing so chord changes are either there or your out of time. I would think that is a positive training for a beginner like me. I think @DavidP mentioned somewhere use the app to work up a song and drop it for the performance which is a solid strategy and literally exactly what I did for this OM. Its certainly convenient to fire it up especially for a song you haven’t tried too. Oh the train wrecks i have had so far with that!.. Rod