Work You Dog!  

rm_sakrilej 41M
200 posts
8/19/2005 3:23 am

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Work You Dog!

O.K. peoples, you'll have to excuse me being preoccupied over the next couple of weeks, I've changed gear in my recording career.

All who read my first post, know my opinion of drum machines isn't incredibly high. Well I just thought 'Fuck It'. I've got albums worth of old and new songs, I'm unlikely to get time in a studio any time in a hurry, let alone find a decent drum kit. I could be earning airplay royalties if I got over my hatred of programmed beats and got some songs on commercial radio. So that's the plan.

The kit sounds that I've got to play with sound like they're actual recorded drums, so if I compose the beats as if it were a human drummer, it should sound rather authentic. And if it makes me millions of dollars, I can play my own brand new drum kit, in my own studio, for the next 86 albums!

So I'll still be at my computer, still dropping in, still blogging but preoccupied. I'll keep you all posted how it's going.

DirtyLilSecret61 55F

8/19/2005 5:26 am

Drum machines CAN be made to sound authentic, indeed. What kind did you get? I've heard some that were so tinny and fake I hated it, but then a few years ago I heard one that sound great - he could even insert beat/tempo change within a certain time period once the machine started. I don't recall which brand it was but I was quite honestly impressed.

Good luck with it all!


pussnboots694 73M/78F

8/19/2005 8:12 am

Best of luck in the next few weeks..
Above all remember to have fun..
Enjoy the passion
through your creativity..
Your soul set free to fly..
and remember your angel walks with you

CaboWaboVHnut 56M
637 posts
8/19/2005 9:08 am

Cool Man !!! Hey, I know everyone would love to have John "Bonzo" Bonham doing their drumming, but you've done a wise thing to break thru your hatred and use technology to your advantage !!! Like u said, when you're making millions, you can get the flesh & blood drummer u want !!! Peace !!! Cabo !!!

buddhakana 62M
18 posts
8/19/2005 2:15 pm

I'm a closet drum machine user, too. Some, like the software synth rack mounted are pretty good. Pretty tedious to create custom arrangements sometimes, but worth it.

I picked up a new Roland RD700 electronic stage keyboard a couple years ago and with enough time and overdubs I can record my own organ, piano and bass right onto an old but durable Yamaha AW16G 16 track digital recorder. The AW16 also acts as a simple effects processor (a little reverb is a joy when playing flute live ...). This gives me a nice bass line to follow with a bit of a rhythm section to play against. Since most of my concern is flute lead/solo improvisation a monotonous background riff isn't all that bad.

I sure would love to find living people with talent to play with, though.

Get intense bud!! Bear down. You'll be pleased with the results.

Best of luck. Cut a couple short guitar licks for me ...

regards and live well

buddhakana 62M
18 posts
8/21/2005 11:34 am

The riff you sent was enough to work on a couple flute leads. I'll mix 'em in ... see what you think. I am slammed with a writing deadline, so it'll be late tonight before I get back to the fun stuff.

Very, very hot stuff, by the way! Your leads are intense shit my friend.

Back at you soon.

BTW: had a very wild Friday night ... still recovering today. Bar-B-Q, Bikers, Hot Chicks, Bonfire ... everything but live music. If I were still back in western Oregon we would've been jamming all night and the drum circle would be watching dawn arrive.

As far as keys: for slower, more reflective ballads the Native American key of G flute works well. For hot leads I use a polychromatic silver flute. There are some keys that I end up improv-ing in naturally: G minor; D minor; E minor and E major; C blues; G major (but I usually can't resist a flattened third and fifth, so essentially G minor). F, A, D are all good, but my ear isn't quite as comfortable in them. For rhythms, the sample clip you sent is great for rockin'. I like to lean into it and try to get it to go critical ... I also like heavy blues, funk, reggae, r&b. But straightahead hammer it out rock gets the adrenaline going.

I have a reasonably good ear for some keys, but it always helps if something of the structure of the riff/song is known. Key, breaks, change-ups, etc.

Thanks man! Keep hope and heart my friend. You have the chops and the inner strength to make it all happen. Courage and compassion will see it done.


CaboWaboVHnut 56M
637 posts
8/21/2005 3:51 pm

A Leo, I should've known, being one myself !!! Does the term "control freak" mean anything ??? Keep doing what you're doing man, things will work out !!! Peace !!! Cabo !!!

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