No, Really, I'm Spartacus

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  1. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    You know how in that movie That Thing You Do the drummer had this rhythm and the sax player sat down at the piano and started jamming to it?

    Improvisation, baby. I make no claim to being a jazz musician, but I like to pretend I'm one.

    So, I had some extra time myself in the studio tonight, and just felt like jamming on the piano, and recorded it, no edits or BS, to a jazzy drum track I have. Then I added a little bass.

    Hey, it's improvisation, and it's not great, but it's original and was fun. I didn't put guitar on it. I figured maybe someone here might want to do that instead. As I said, a real jazz musician I am not.

    So without further disclaimer other than, "if you want to jam with it PM me and I'll send a download link," here is No, Really, I'm Spartacus:

    https://soundcloud.com/lschefman/no-really-im-spartacus
     
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  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Dude, I want to lay somethin' down. How can I download it?
     
  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    PM me your email, I'll send you a link.
     
  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Sent you a link. Feel free to mess with it any way you want, edit it, etc.
     
  6. south89

    south89 New Member

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    Les, That sounds great ! I've never tried to play along with something like that but would love try. Any way I can get a link also?
     
  7. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Of course! PM me the email to send it to.
     
  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    So, for those of you who downloaded the file, did you record anything, or was the tune just too much of a mess to deal with?
     
  9. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    I was on my lappletop that went down, I'll give it another shot when I'm finished relearning Logic.
     
  10. TFC

    TFC That guitar really tied the room together

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    I've noodled along with it. Nothing wrong with the tune at all. My noodling. on the other hand...
     
  11. TFC

    TFC That guitar really tied the room together

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    I was noodling around this evening and came up with a sound I was really enjoying. Then I remembered I had downloaded Les' backing track and thought I'd hook up my computer and record one pass through just to see how it sounds. I tried a few more takes after the first, but was too self-conscious for those takes and it sounds it.

    So, in the spirit of the OP, here's a non-improv rock cover band guy totally winging it.

    https://soundcloud.com/stylurus/spartacus-take-1

    The guitar is a DGT, neck pickup split, thru my Axe Fx II (treble booster into Marshall 1987x model) recorded direct into Audacity. I don't know anything about recording other than how to press record, save and export.

    Thanks, Les!
     
  12. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    TFC!! My man!! Sounds great!

    And you can play circles around me, that's for sure. I loved it. Thanks so much for laying on the track!

    Terrific tone, too. Big thumbs up!
     
  13. TFC

    TFC That guitar really tied the room together

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    Thanks, Les. Usually when I try to improv over backing tracks it sounds like I'm playing scales along with a metronome. For whatever reason, this one turned out a little better. Curious to hear what other people come up with.
     
  14. Rider1260

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    This will be fun
    I am working on it :)
    Very challenging
     
  15. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Well, my piece is a little bit disorganized, because I literally sat down and recorded it in one take. So it's kind of an odd duck, and hard to play along with.

    But I wanted folks to have fun with it! So I'm glad that's happening.

    Guys also feel free to chop it up and repeat a section where it makes sense, cut a section where it doesn't.
     
  16. JustRob

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    Wow TFC! That sounded great. I was going to fool with this myself so I was afraid to listen to what you did, and didn't want to copy it. I broke down and listened, and there is NO CHANCE I'm going to sound like that (except in my head). :top:
     
  17. jfb

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    Cool track Les. Really digging it.

    Nice job TFC as well.
     
  18. QueenCityGuitars

    QueenCityGuitars Vamanos Pest

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    That sounds great, Les. I like it!
     
  19. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Guys, you're way too kind. I know my jazz...ain't jazz. But hey, it's fun to mess with ideas.

    What I should do is create a heavy rock drum and bass track, and let you guys have at it!
     
  20. TFC

    TFC That guitar really tied the room together

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    Thanks, guys.

    Yes, you should! :top:
     

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