sketchandjam

Here is an improvisation that started out on my G&L ASAT with drop d tuning. I wanted to see if a telecaster style guitar could chug with heavy distortion. It did pretty good in the mid range but I had to add some heavy bass on my musicman to give it more of the chug sound. Initially I had planned for this to be a #teletuesday​ jam but ran out of time. So later I added three lead tracks on my stratocaster style guitars for #straturday​. The first strat track is my home-made partsocaster with some atmospheric delay and reverb effects on it. The second track is my stratocaster plus guitar with more of a chorus vibrato effect on it. The final track is my G&L Comanche with some dotted eigth delay on it with some shimmering reverb.

As I was dealing with the high gain on the guitars I was reminded of the electromotive force and how emf radiation bleeds into the magnets of guitars. I had to isolate the static frequency in adobe audition and noise print it and remove it from the telecaster track to get rid of the annoying buzz sound from the pickups.

Thanks for listening and happy #straturday​ :-)

Here is an improvisation that started on my red stratocaster plus then I started layering in the other tracks over it. My musicman stingray 5 bass was the next layer to go into the mix. With the bass and rhythm track in place I programmed in the drums via Superior Drummer and the Independent EZX. Next I added in a couple of leads on my G&L Comanche and home made partsocaster. I also added a cello track via the Miroslav Philharmonic vst and my You Rock midi guitar All guitar effects are from Bias FX 2 with mastering of the overall composition in Adobe Audition.

Thanks for listening :-) here's hoping spring comes soon, I'm sick of this long winter.

Here is an improvisation that started out to a 3/4 beat on my wood tongue drum. I layered in a couple cajon track and a shaker tracks to enhance the natural wood tone of the tongue drum. I also added a jaw harp track with my jaw harp that is tuned roughly to the key of E.

This drum is basically tuned to the key of E as well so it is easy to add a standard tuned guitar with it. I started out with my Wechter acoustic tuned to ebeaeg via the capo. Towards the middle of the song I bring in my PRS hollowbody I with some ambient effects via Bias FX2.

Overall the mood of the song reminds me of people telling old stories by the campfire as the embers slowly die down.

Thanks for listening :-)

Here's an improvisation that started out on my long neck baglama saz. Later I added four tracks of drums including darbuka, riq, frame drum and a marimba via my Roland Handsonic. Later in the song I add a couple guitar tracks on my G&L ASAT using guitar rig 6 and bias fx 2. Playing in key with the saz is tricky in standard guitar tuning but it lets you explore new scales to harmonize with the bflat, f and c notes of the saz.

The overall mood of this improvisation is mysterious and a bit creepy. It kind of reminds me of Greek mythology where a siren at sea calls ships to their demise on a rocky shoreline.

Thanks for listening :-)

Here's a post punk style jam that started out with a few bass riffs and a drum track I programmed in Superior Drummer. With the bass and drums in place I improvised a few tracks on my stratocaster plus and home made partsocaster. All guitar effects are from bias fx 2 except for the partsocaster track at the end which is guitar rig 6.

The overall mood of this improvisation reminds me of the different moods you get at different locations within an urban environment. Most are pretty gloomy moods to me because I prefer nature more than concrete jungles.

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Here is an improvisation on my long neck Turkish baglama saz to a layered drum beat in Superior Drummer and a drum beat by Jim Dooley on hand drums. The mood kind of reminded me of someone who was thirsty in the desert and found a strange cactus to eat for water. Then all sorts of colors magically appear out of nowhere :-).

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Here's an improvisation on my Hiren Roy sitar to a few basic cajon beats in Superior Drummer. I added a few effects to the sitar via the FAS Reverb plugin by Fractal Audio and some mastering via EZ Mix.

As I was zoning out improvising I was subconsciously thinking about the upcoming Holi Festival in India where colored powder is thrown everywhere. What a fun festival it must be.

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Just an improvisation on my G&L ASAT with a basic drum beat and bias fx 2.
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Here's a little stratocaster jam on this #straturday​ evening. I just played whatever came to mind to a few drum beats I programmed in Superior Drummer 2. With the dry recording in place I started slicing the wav file into segments with different effects on each slice. The first two sounds are in Bias FX 2 where it starts out with clean phaser then goes to a heavy overdriven rhythm sound. The third effect is via Guitar Rig 6 with a big ambient sound, Guitar Rig has a bunch of weird effects so I don't even know how to describe them. The fourth effect goes back to Bias FX 2 with a crunchy sort of tweed sound to it. The fifth sound is via Amplitube 5 where I have it doing a tankish spring reverb effect. The sixth sound is Guitar Rig 6 with another strange ambient effect signal that bounces between the left and right channel. The next two sound effects are basic guitar amp sounds via EZ Mix by Toontrack. EZ Mix is good if you are looking for a basic sound and not too many options to mess with. Finally the last sound effect is via bias fx where it has a dotted eighth delay and reverb on it.

Overall I like Bias FX 2 the best then Guitar Rig second best. Amplitube has good tones but they are always trying to upsell you on virtual gear and it takes alot of tweeking to get a good sound. EZ Mix is my favorite for mixing but for guitar amps it is pretty basic and only good for previewing a clean sound as you record, I usually end up trying to get the right tone from Bias FX later on after comping with the lightweight EZ Mix.

Thanks for listening :-)

Here is an improvisation that started out with a beat on my Meinl Goatskin Mizhar drum played to a 4/4 80 bpm metronome. Later I added additional drums via the post rock ezx in Superior Drummer via my Roland Handsonic as a midi controller.

The Meinl Goatskin Mizhar allows you to to tune its pitch to different notes. In this song I tuned it to the key of F to act as a bass note drone to the rest of the song. This helped when I tuned my Wechter acoustic guitar to an open tuning then capo'd it at the F note.

The next guitar track on my home-made partsocaster is just playing in the key of F with Bias Fx to add drive and reverb. The final track is on my jaw harp tuned to the key of F with some crazy phaser, reverb, and delay via Guitar Rig 6.

The mizhar adds a sort of old school battle sound to the mix and the mood kind of reminds me of two armies drawing lines in the sand daring each other to cross them before a battle. Perhaps they are engaged in salami diplomacy where they are engaged in many small skirmishes to wear each other down to win the larger war...

Thanks for listening to my weird music :-)

Here is an improvisation on my cigar box guitar to a 120 4/4 drum beat I programmed in Superior Drummer. I used the Rock Solid ezx library for the drums with a bit of compression and reverb on the drums. The cigar box guitar has a bit of compression and cathedral reverb on it as well. I also added a marimba track with some rotary effects on it as well as a bell track to act as ambient sound on the left and right ear.

The mood of this song kind of reminds me of the concept of a parallel universe occupying the same exact space just shifted out of vision to the people in each universe. Who knows what sort of overlap could happen and how the two universes might effect each other...

Thanks for listening :-)

Here is a post punk style improvisation that started out with a bass riff and a custom drum beat in Superior Drummer. Once I had the bass and drum tracks figured out I improvised a few G&L ASAT tracks over it. The first track has bias fx 2 with a dotted eighth delay and some overdrive. The second track is a huge mess of effects in guitar rig 6.

Overall the gritty kind of mood of the song reminds me of how civilizations eventually grow old and decay then finally fall apart.

Thanks for listening :-)

Here is an improvisation on my Takamine Classical guitar tuned to dadgde where I play whatever comes to mind to a 6/8 130 bpm drum beat I programmed in Superior Drummer. The drum library is the NY full set with some reverb and eq to bring out the kick drum a bit more. I also added a marimba track about a minute into the song with some ambient effects added via Guitar Rig 6. Towards the end of the song I bring in my G&L Asat with a rotary effect via Bias FX 2.

The overall deep drum beat and dark classical guitar riffs kind of remind me of some deep part of the mind that has control over the conscious mind without you knowing its even there. When improvising on the guitar my conscious mind tends to take a backseat to some other force that relies on muscle memory.

Thanks for listening :-)

Here is an improvisation on my Takamine classical guitar tuned to dadgde. I programmed a midi drum beat in Superior Drummer to a 6/8 metronome at 65 bpm to create a catchy sort of rhythm to improvise to. I used the Nashville drum kit for this beat and switched to drums from sticks to brushes to better fit the classical guitar. From there I just played the drum beat in one ear from my cell phone while I played whatever came to mind on the guitar. A nice base chord progression formed with improvisations in between to match the drums. One thing to note is around the middle of the song a loud car horn blared outside so I had to paste in a different part of the recording to remove that sound. So if you see my hands moving weird and not with the notes envision a loud car horn blaring in the background.

The overall mood is a bit pensive and moody kind of like a dark rainy day where raindrops are constantly hitting the window. Thanks for listening :-)

Here is an improvisation on my Deering Maple Blossom 5 Banjo. I just played whatever came to mind to a 4/4 120 bpm metronome then started adding drum tracks via my Roland Handsonic. The drums include cymbols, shakers, bongos, conga and some gourd shakers. I also added a marimba to act as a sort of bass tone in the background. The final track is on my Taylor 12 string with a direct signal from the piezo dot pickup into Bias Fx 2 on a really slow rotary effect with delay and reverb. While playing the 12 string I tried playing just the lighter pair of the strings to get a higher pitch sound to harmonize with the banjo.

The overall mood is positive in the major scale and kind of reminds me of the start of a brand new day with a bright sunset. Thanks for listening :-)

Here is a fast paced improvisation on my cigar box guitar to a 160 bpm drum beat I created in Superior Drummer. I used the twisted kit ezx that is composed of pots and pans and other strange objects to form the drumset. The cigar box guitar is tuned to gdg and the bottom string is a bit brighter than all the rest so it creates an almost mandolin/balalaika sound.

The fast paced mood kind of reminds me of what all the crypto traders and their bots are doing 24/7 as they check their favorite crypto compared to the old world currencies to see if they have hit the jackpot. Thanks for listening :-)

Here is a quick improvisation on my Hiren Roy Sitar to a 4/4 100bpm drum beat I programmed in Superior Drummer 2. For drums I used the Roots ezx library with a Gretsch drum set and some slight distortion and compression. I recorded two signals of the Sitar, one with a microphone and another with dot piezos attached to the body of the Sitar. I used the piezo track to add the Bias FX 2 amp sim and some delay effects. The mic recording is blended with the direct recording to keep some of the natural sound of the sitar in the mix.

The mood of this improvisation reminds me of an old hippie having an acid flashback to his younger days in the 60s :-). Thanks for listening

Just some random riffing on my G&L ASAT for #teletuesday

I mainly wanted to try and craft some tones that sound good with the soap bar pickups on the ASAT in Bias FX 2. Bias FX is amazing and all the amp sims and effects sound realistic compared most other amp sims I've tried. The only thing better than Bias FX would be Axe FX but that is way more expensive as it's tied to a preamp.

The first tone is a tweed amp with some drive and plate reverb a classic sort of sound for telecasters. The second tone is another classic sort of fender reverb amp with a bit of drive on it, kind of a blues sort of sound. The third tone is a crazy split chain with two amps and two delays and reverbs after them, more of an ambient sound. The last tone combines delay drive and a split amp chain to get a more rhythm sound, I have to tweak this one a bit more to get the delay to line up with the bpm of the guitar. Who know maybe one day I'll use these setting in an improvisation song sometime. It's always good to experiment with settings every now and then.

Thanks for listening :-)

Here's a jam for #teletuesday on my G&L ASAT. This jam started out as an improvisation on my Wechter Pathfinder tuned to dadgde. Later I added some percussion and tuned gongs to add a bit of bass via my Roland Handsonic. Towards the middle of the song I bring in the G&L ASAT with a tweed reverb amp sim in Bias FX 2.

The overall mood kind of this improvisation reminds me of the weird ghost lights seen in the Smokey Mountains. They are also seen in Utah and Texas where they are called the Marfa Lights. Who knows what they could be, here's their soundrack anyway :-) thanks for listening

I finally decided to give some attention to my Deering Maple Blossom 5 banjo. I just played whatever came to mind to a 6/8 80bpm drum beat I programmed in Superior Drummer 2 using the Nashville ezx library. This was mostly an experiment on how my banjo would sound with effects added to the direct recording in Bias FX 2. I also blended the acoustic recording to bring out the original banjo voice more.

Thanks for listening :-)

Here is an improvisation where I started out with a 6/8 beat created on my Roland Handsonic first then improvised a track on my Egyptian Shehata Oud over it. The drums include doumbek, daf, shakers and some low tuned djembes. I also added a bell track to add some sharp ambiance to the mix. The strings were added last via Sample Tank 4 and the Miroslav Philharmonic library. I use my trusty You Rock midi guitar to trigger midi samples and it works way better than any midi guitar pickup I've tried. Towards the middle of the song I bring in my G&L Comanche electric guitar run through my Axe FX II. The Axe FX setting combines some drive in a Marshal style amp sim with some delay and reverb.

The overall mood of this improvisation is a bit dark and mysterious. I kind of imagine someone walking through a dark mist at night seeing strange creature silhouettes in the shadows while trying to ignore them as they try and find a place of light.

Thanks for listening :-)

Here is a jam on my Wechter Pathfinder acoustic guitar to a 6/8 75bmp drum beat I programmed in Superior Drummer. I built a few drum loops in midi via my Roland Handsonic then edited a few variants of them to form the full length of the song first. Then I exported the drum tracks to my phone and I played whatever came to mind on my guitar. For the guitar I recorded both a microphone track as well as a direct track. With this recording method you can use the direct track to add effects such as reverb and delay in bias fx, then blend it together with the acoustic track to get a more full sound.

As for the title, I've been reading about the Akashic Records lately and found them interesting as a concept of a collective unconscious. Improvising on an instrument kind of reminds me of blanking out your conscious mind and allowing the subconscious to manifest interesting music, perhaps this taps into the Akashic field somehow... who knows. Anyways thanks for listening :-)

Here is an improvisation on my Hiren Roy sitar. I just improvised to a 120 bpm metronome playing whatever came to mind. I recorded both a direct signal via dtar pickups on the body of the sitar as well as audio via the zoom h6 xy capsule microphone. Later I added some slight phaser effects to the direct signal of the sitar via bias fx 2.

Next I created all the other tracks to go along with the improvisation. I have four tracks of Indian drums via my Roland Handsonic. I also have a sample tank guzheng VST track to harmonize with the drone of the sitar. Towards the end of the song I bring in my Paul Reed Smith Hollowbody I with some delay and reverb on it.

Overall this improvisation has an optimistic upbeat kind of mood to it, hence the name The Optimist. Thanks for listening :-)

Here is a rough jam on my telecasters for Teletuesday. Just kidding these are G&L ASATs not Fender Telecasters. These were the next generation of telecasters designed by Leo Fender after he started G&L Guitars. They tend to be a bit more versatile than telecasters as they have better pickups and aren't limited to twang single coil sounds.

For this improvisation I created a basic 120 bpm 4/4 beat in Superior Drummer then improvised a couple tracks over the drum beat. I recorded these all as a direct signal then added effects via bias fx 2. Sadly while I was recording the bass my camera filled up so I lost the video of the bass track halfway through, oh well its just my Musicman Stingray playing some basic riffs.

Thanks for listening :-)

Here is an improvisation on my hijaz tuned handpan. I created a 6/8 drum beat in Superior Drummer then improvised to it on the handpan. Later I added my Turkish baglama saz as it goes perfectly with hijaz tuning. I did a direct recording of the saz via the internal piezo dot pickup. Later on I added a guzheng synth via sampletank triggered by my plastic midi guitar in tap mode (someday I have to finally learn how to play piano lol).

This improvisation has a sort of mysterious mood to it so I named it The Bazaar Bar as it kind of reminds me of stepping into a strange hole in the wall bar in a far off land while sampling strange brews and snacks with unknown ingredients in them... Thanks for listening :-)

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