WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 34, Spring Chords

Week 34- ‘Spring Chords’

A short chord progession on the acoustic guitar expanded in a few different ways. One of my favourite ever chord progressions tbh and very fun to play. Couldn’t think of any fitting vocals, so I decided to go with a Bonobo-ish kind of arrangement.
As always, huge fan of a twist ending.

Thanks for listening!

 

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 25, Last Minute Loop

Week 25 – ‘Last Minute Loop’

 

Oh shit, only half an hour left until time runs out!
Quickly fired up my loop pedal + mic.

Been practicing and learning songs all week but completely forgot to record anything new so luckily got this one submitted with about 10 minutes left.

Going to be in Melbourne for the next 3 weeks without access to my music gear so expect either field recordings or some sort of app-based compositions I can do on my phone. Will figure out a way to make it work smile

Thanks for listening smile

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 24, Butterfly Picking

Week 24 – Butterfly Picking

 

A late night improv on a really niche technique I’ve been practicing with for ages now – this sort of lopsided cascading RH technique. I think it sounds really great with a couple of open strings droning.

Just whatever happened at the time – recorded into my trusty blumlein ribbon mic + a DI with reverb applied.
The simplicity of this recording setup has helped me to learn a bit more about gain-staging / noise floor etc. because the ribbon mic needs to get cranked v hard to get a good level, and there’s nowhere to hide mix-wise.

Also – the buzz/fizzing sound which you might notice is coming from my guitar! I didn’t notice it until only recently, gonna get that fixed up soon smile
Thanks for listening!

WeeklyBeats 2018 – Week 13, JazzEmUp

Week 13/52
Little diddly in E(b) minor.
Very short of time this week so this is a quick and rough setup – but I also used my camera to film it. Going to use this simple setup to film and record a bunch of guitar stuff for my social media.
Here’s to the second quarter of 2018!
Lots of guitar instructional vids / loop jams / practice diary stuff planned. some of which might make it into WB.
Also going to explore some other really different styles of music.

It’s gonna get weird for sure
Thanks for listening!

New Album!

I made an album!

https://tgbrandenburg.bandcamp.com/releases

‘Problem Solver’ is about 40 minutes long. It’s essentially 10 of the first 12 weeks of WeeklyBeats 2018 – remixed/made/mastered.
A daunting prospect at the start of the year, and LOTS of work, but I’m really happy with it and I’ve learnt a lot in the process.
I’ve never written much lyrically or done much lead singing so it was a huge learning curve and quite scary putting myself out there in that way – but I can already feel a huge amount of improvement since week 1.
Very happy to have this put together, and to move on to something completely different.
🙂
It’s free.
Please listen and feel free to get in touch and give me your thoughts.
Cheers!

Week 13/52 2018Loop Jam #1

 

Week 13/52
Little diddly in E(b) minor.
Very short of time this week so this is a quick and rough setup – but I also used my camera to film it. Going to use this simple setup to film and record a bunch of guitar stuff for my social media.
Here comes the second quarter of 2018!
Planning on doing lots of guitar instructional vids / loop jams / practice diary stuff – some of which might make it into WB.
Also going to explore some other really different styles of music.
Thanks for listening!

Week 12/52 ‘Rose of Adelaide Town’

 

Week 12!
A hectic week + drinking + a solo gig on Friday means I tried to whip this one out late on Sunday.
Might try and re-visit the vocals on this one soon when my voice isn’t hacked / when I’ve arranged a couple other parts to fill it out without stepping on the guitar part.
So not totally satisfied w/ the ‘arrangement’ / ‘production’ – but I’m super happy with the lyrics and music itself. 🙂

Fairly simple/groovy chords for the main part, in the ballpark of ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Rosanna’ by the Police / Toto.

The chord progession in the bridge section is pretty complex and is one of my favourite things to play ever 🙂 –

(Gm / Em7b5 / A / DbDim / Dmin / GbDim)

(Gm / Em7b5 / A / DbDim / Dmin – C // Bm7b5 / E / AbDim / Amin / DbDim)

(Dmin / Bm7b5 / E / AbDim / Amin / DbDim / Dmin / D7)

 

Almost 1/4 the way through the year and really setting a few basic ‘steps’ in my composition/production process has helped heaps – I’m learning more and more about the sound of my microphones and rooms and I think the acoustic guitar tone in this song is my favourite I’ve got this year.

Note – my dad actually came up with the ‘rose of Adelaide town’ lyric, in a different context, and I found myself singing it so I put it in there with his permission smile

For Grace –
———————————-
Rose – Of Adelaide town
You don’t know what you’ve got going down.
Ya got style and Grace – your smile, your face
It drives me wild
It’s like nothing before
At night you come alive
Taking it back to your place or mine.

Rose of Adelaide town
Sometimes you get down
But you’ll come back around.
Coz you’ve been through pain
But you smile again –
You’ve so much love to give
It’s the best of you.

So I write these lines
With you in mind, and on my mind
Too much of the time.
Too much of the time.
Just a little too much
Just a little too much
Of the time.

I know I can take it, is that all it costs?
Just a little too much?
But too much of what?
Too much of the real thing
Too much of a good thing – is never enough.
So when it get’s rough
I know you can take it, I think you might like it.
Anything goes.
Only if you say so.

Rose of Adelaide town.