Space Oddity, David Bowie

It was light when I started trying to record this song and it got darker and darker as I kept trying, and failing, to get it right. So, this is what I ended up with before the darkness took over completely!

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Hi Claudia, that was a real treat to listen to. Thought you sang and played really nicely.:clap::clap::clap: I found the darkness added to the atmosphere especially given the theme of the song. Your hands/guitar and face/hair have a warmth in the way they are lit and contrast well against the darkness of room and your black top.
Best wishes
Alan

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Sounds beautiful Claudia :exclamation: Not only you’re playing great with solid rhythm and sing in tune, but you make an atmosphere, a soul, a spirit. I just listen for a second time. Thank you. Very inspiring. :pray:

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Hi Claudia :wave:
That’s one of my favorites and a true timeless classic for me. All your time was obviously well spent because I thought that was great, it looked easy and comfortable and your handling of the bar chords up and down the neck had me reaching for a paper bag to fight off the panic attack :scream: :rofl: At the moment I break out in a sweat every time I see anything with a bar, unless there’s Rum involved :tumbler_glass: Sorry I digress :grinning:

Loved it and loved the strumming :+1:

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Wow Claudia, you have the rhythm and strumming down. Perhaps the vocal could have been slightly more up front but that was really well played, thanks for sharing. :smiley:

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Hi Claudia,

That was certaintly a nice way to start my Friday morning. I enjoyed the vocals and guitar playing.

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Hi Claudia,

Very much enjoyed that thanks you for sharing timing sounded on the nail and so did your singing thank you for making a nice start to Friday.
:+1:
A

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That was wonderful Claudia! And I agree with Craig, you really nailed the bar chords up and down the neck. Great vocals as well. :clap:

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Awesome! I really enjoyed whole song. :heart:

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Hi Claudia!!
I just listened through a couple times to your recording. Well done!!

Great job on the strumming and the singing in time. It’s clear you’ve got the song down. The barre chord break was really well played and it’s not that straight forward a strumming rhythm to get down.

The only suggestion I would make for improvement would be that you might consider spending more time playing with the recording in order to get more comfortable with the overall “rhythmic feel” of the song when transitioning from section to section. But this is simply a question of time and not of technique nor ability. I hope that my comment is helpful.

As a new member to the forum and a TOTAL RECORDING NEWBIE I was wondering about your set up for recording videos. I am looking for a relatively simple way to record video and audio. I have MICs, cables and a DAW but it all seems a lot to have to set up and break down every time I want to record and post something. Maybe I am just being a whiner and that’s the way it goes but I would love to hear how you set yourself up for recording.

Looking forward to your next video posting and hoping that you’ll take a moment to let me know how you recorded your Space Oddity!! Thanks!!

Thanks all for your comments and encouragement. Those barres are a challenge, Craig, @CD02 and, as there are four runs of them in the song, the main reason I had to keep re-recording was that I’d inevitably mess one up each time. I probably did better versions overall, in terms of singing and playing, but they just sounded so crap if I didn’t nail those runs.
@jgottwals Thanks for your comment about the transition rhythm. I think that’s a very fair and useful point. Welcome to the world of recording yourself. I’m looking forward to listening to your playing and singing. I have zero technical knowledge about this stuff. I record on Quicktime Player and use just one mic that belonged to my son when he was a big gamer. It’s a condenser mic, whatever that means. I’m not very good at getting the guitar/vocal balance right. Partly because I’m too lazy to faff about with it. There are lots of technically knowledgeable people on here who will be much better placed to advise you! Good luck :slightly_smiling_face:

A great job of this classic song Claudia. Well done. You nailed the barre chords and the rhythm pattern and sang it beautifully. I’m pleased you didn’t try to include the sliding up and down the neck ‘space’ effects. Sounds really effective on the original but not on a stripped down version.

Haha, no, I’m not a fan of the faux space effects on the guitar either. Thanks Gordon

I can’t offer anything in the way of constructive criticism, as I’m just getting started myself - but to my ear that was just lovely! :slight_smile:

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Hi Claudia, that was tremendous.
Well played and well sung.
Solid performance all around :smiley:

Kiljoys the pair of you! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
Ya gotta have fun when you’re playing!
When I killed this a couple of years ago, I was so disappointed by the ‘engine sound’ of my classical guitar, I had to augment with vocal fx :laughing:
(I won’t even mention the purple Harry Potter scar I employed :rofl:)

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I’d forgotten about that one Brian aka Ziggy! I went back for a look/listen and yes, the vocal spaceship noises were quite something. :grin:

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I’ve just been and checked this out. The Aladdin Sane lightning bolt :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: AND the space effects. Pure genius. Brian, I shall have to check out some more of your earlier contributions… :+1:

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply!!

As far as recording audio and video goes I can definitely be described as having “all the gear and no idea.” :joy:

I am looking forward to playing about with the different bits and pieces that I have and seeing what I can set up that sounds reasonable. . . I am definitely eager to post something, just need to figure out how to get that done at this point.

Thanks again and keep working those transitions!! You are sounding GREAT!!
Jeremy

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Thanks very much Paul and welcome to this lovely forum for guitar people

That was a great listen Claudia. Your dynamics were good, you sure nailed those barre chords, good rhythm and great vocals. What’s not to like. :clap:

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