#1
Hi guys, here's a link to my latest recording. This is something a little different for me. Just a single acoustic guitar part which I wrote after losing someone very close to me. I may do a full band post-rock type version of the song at some stage but for present purposes I wanted to just strip it down completely. I found it surprisingly difficult to get a sound I was happy with despite it being just a solo piece so grateful for any comments on the production and on the song generally. C4C as always:

https://soundcloud.com/increments-1/the-chief
#2
Hey,

Thanks for checking out my track.

It's a great acoustic track. A sense of quiet prevails through the song. Its very pensive in its mood. The chords near the middle / end of the track could have been strummed / given a stronger rhythmic feel.

Great track in all! Nice tones through out.
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#3
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Hi guys, here's a link to my latest recording. This is something a little different for me. Just a single acoustic guitar part which I wrote after losing someone very close to me. I may do a full band post-rock type version of the song at some stage but for present purposes I wanted to just strip it down completely. I found it surprisingly difficult to get a sound I was happy with despite it being just a solo piece so grateful for any comments on the production and on the song generally. C4C as always:

https://soundcloud.com/increments-1/the-chief


thank you very much for giving your opinion on my song
I like the production it has a clean sound that is very pleasant
there's some cool lines there
I'd change one of the first lines but It's hard for me to explain here..
overall good song! I'd like to hear the band version pm me when you It's done
#4
i like this song man, very relaxing. I don't know much about acoustic playing but nothing sounded off to my ears! very soothing man
#5
Hey! Thanks for checking out my video and comment it.

I like your composition, it's pleasent for ears. But somtimes you are out of tune you have to watch that. Also try to find better placment for mic, less picking noise and a bit more room.

Keep going with good work!
#6
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Hey! Thanks for checking out my video and comment it.

I like your composition, it's pleasent for ears. But somtimes you are out of tune you have to watch that. Also try to find better placment for mic, less picking noise and a bit more room.

Keep going with good work!


Thank you for the feedback, my friend. I really appreciate it. It would be helpful if you could let me know where it is out of tune so I can see whether to redo those parts. Thanks!

Yes, mic placement was difficult. I was playing it unplugged on a fairly cheap classical guitar so there were only a few positions where I could get any sort of volume (i.e. very close to the body of the guitar).

Thanks to the others for their helpful comments as well. Much appreciated!
#8
Hi Richo,

Thank you for the very detailed feedback on my piece.

From a performance standpoint, your free time liberties were expressive and complimentary to the aesthetic of the piece. I'd also point out that while I generally prefer a brighter acoustic guitar sound, you've got a tone together that works tremendously in the context of the piece and its intended message; it's mellow, and with enough top-end clarity to sound articulate. This tonal profile, together with a leniency in time and repeated motifs, coalesce to lend themselves well to a pleasant, immersive, and contemplative listening experience. Once again, the piece's intention is reflected, and you should be proud of that.

I especially enjoyed the more drawn-out, lower register chords at around the ~5:10 mark. That contrast really drove the piece home.

From a mixing and mastering standpoint, I'm afraid that I can't offer too much. The performance is intimate, and little inconsistencies like the occasional fret buzz or (extremely minuscule) wandering intonation don't mean anything with this sort of presentation. I might suggest that you apply a low amplitude, wide Q boost around 4kHz to dial in just a little more high-end, but again, that's completely subjective.

There's certainly a lot of room to work with if you do decide to arrange a larger ensemble piece. A simple upper register, quarter note piano melody may be all you need at some points; something that mimics the melody line of the guitar at 2:45, for instance. I feel that that's your strongest melodic fragment.

I regret that I can't offer much in the way of guidance for the piece's development in its current state, but I'd consider that a testament to it fulfilling its duty.

Once again, a tremendous effort. I've since followed you back on Soundcloud and look forward to hearing more from you.
#9
The guitar part and playing are sweet! The guitar is engaging through most of the song, there were a few parts (e.g. around 3:30) that got a bit slower for me (picked back up at 4:00). Enjoyed the end bit starting around 5 min, the simple chord with the changing root is somber and has feels. Would be curious to hear how you would integrate other instruments into this (think it would be cool if done right).

The quality is good, but I noticed your mic is picking up some noise. Maybe try a high pass filter at around 100 Hz to cut some of it out. Also noticed your mic picking up some string noise and you breathing once or twice, but that's OK!

Following you back on soundcloud, curious to hear what you do with it in the future.

Cheers!
#10
Nice track, man! I really liked what happend towards the end there. Great playing throughout the track. I have nothing to say about your guitar playing other than that it is great. However, the arrangement of the song could probably have been improved upon. One way of doing so would perhaps be to cut the length down to 4-4.5 minutes. Other than that it was a very nice track, and I have to say that I love the sound of a classical guitar, and it really fits the theme. It would be really cool to listen to a version where you go with your initial vision of the song.

Would really appreciate it if you could critique my thing here: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1691483
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#11
Hello there.

This is a nice, calm, relaxing piece to listen to. Performance is good, composition is good. the only that sounded a little out of place was the change to the lower string part at the end (around 4:45?) - it kinda sounded like the CD had gone onto the next track

It isnt something I would normally listen to, but when I hear it I think "wish I could play like that". And I do find myself thinking parts of it would make a mighty fine intro for a metal track - final notes ring out and in comes the kick, crash and meaty down tuned guitars....... nah, that might ruin the subtlety a bit.

Cheers
#12
The emotion of this track stands out in a very good way. I feel like the freetime in the beginning may be taking away from it though. I think with a solid flowing sense of rhythm, the melody would stand out a lot more and make it more powerful.

The picking pattern is very cool but over the course of the song and chord changes it can come across as being forced. i agree with an above comment about strumming the middle section. It could provide a very prominent and emotional climax!

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this piece!

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