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Backroads *- A
longer version than the one on the website and Marc is playing
bass on this one. A instrumental fan from Germany once called
this "country techno fusion". The beat has a slight
techno feel and there are a few pedal steel type licks in the
melody. Overall it's a straight ahead pop song. Fun to play over,
lots of simple major/minor pent stuff.
My attempt at metal/funk/techno
fusion. I didn't have a synth so I tried to get a techno feel
by adding some different percussion sounds from the drum machine
and playing around with flange and echo on some of the rhythym
guitar tracks. The solo ended up having lots of chromatic bebopish
lines and ends with a Coltrane inspired "sheets of sound"
idea at the end.
Wind Through a Field - Light song with a simple melody and chord progression.
- Real fast funky groove inspired
from hearing James Brown live. This ended up being a big guitar
showcase but it does include lots of styles from fusion and shred
to straight ahead blues and chicken pickin'. This one is on the
Flintstones - Short arrangement I did of the Flintstones
theme song. The arrangement has me playing the melody, bassline
and some chords all at once so it's only 1 track.
- Another straight ahead pop rock song with some pedal steel type
bends in the melody. In the outro solo I used some tapping which
is rare for me.
- Very dark and heavy song using drop A tuning. Lots of evil riffs
and themes here. Some cool cascading notes type licks in the solo.
Bluegrass Song - Straight ahead chicken pickin' bluegrass. The
second half is Orange Blossom Special. There is a Bach melody
in there somewhere too.
Ashokan Farewell - Old Time fiddle tune. Beautiful melody. I did
this short arrangement for acoustic in DADGAD tuning.
Create the Past *- Melodic 2 chord rock song using drop D. Nice
simple melody. The solo came out cool with a good mix of melodic
stuff and fast runs. Great basslines by Marc fill in the gaps.
- 6 or 7 songs from the " Wizard of Oz " movie. Another
arrangement with melody, chords and bass played at the same time.
*- Marc wrote a lot of this one including the really cool bassline
that starts the song out. We wrote it after seeing this huge freaky
bug on a wall. Every so often I see it in the different apartments
I've lived in. Marc thinks it's following me. The verse uses Dorian
#4 and the riff is Hungarian minor.
Thoughts of You - Another simple melodic idea. The recording
quality was a little sketchy, I tried to clean it up in ProTools.
I liked the song though so I thought I'd include it.
Hillsdale - Long piece that builds as it goes. No real
verse/chorus type thing, it's more of a soundtrack inspired by
a drive through the beautiful country of Hillsdale, New York.
The bass stays on E while the chords cycle through E -A -B, a
technique I also used in the chorus of Backroads.
Supercell - Metal song written trying to capture the feel
of an oncoming thunderstorm. I knew I was using Lydian b7 but
I later realized that I was playing the b9 a lot also. I coudn't
find the scale in any books so I've named this new scale"Dark
Lydian". It's R- b2 - 3 - #4 - 5 - 6 - b7 or C - Db - E -
F# - G - A - Bb
Distant Thunder - Ambient piece using only guitar and a Quadraverb
to create the synth like sounds and booming thunder. I used volume
swells and some custom Quadraverb settings with tons of reverb.