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Blue Bossa - Chord Melody - Key of Em

Posted by Mick Dennis on July 1, 2018 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (2)

Hi!

Blue Bossa - Chord Melody - Key of Em on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJoSqWZylUU

The video begins with a slow reading of the basic tab arrangement. The 2nd time through at 5:46 I am embellishing the basic arrangement and taking some "artistic liberties" with the timing of the quick melodic passages. Perhaps it was the heat of summer that caused some mental lapses toward the end of the form. I think I recovered reasonably well! In other words, Fake it till you make it! There is a nice artificial harmonics arpeggio for the ending.

I am playing a late 80's Ibanez Artist with a Seymour Duncan Jazz pickup (neck pick-up-series) through a Custom Billm Modified Fender Blues Junior in a custom designed cherry wood cabinet with a Jensen Special Design C15N speaker. I am using a PICKBOY Exotic Pick-ebony, D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Strings 09-42 and a Horizon right angle cable.

The guitar amp was recorded with a Shure SM-57 (panned hard left in the mix) and a Heil PR-40 microphone (panned hard right in the mix) both going into an Apogee Duet into an iPad Air running GarageBand.

I used GarageBand to sync the video and audio together.

For audio mastering, I added a basic limiter in GarageBand. There is no EQ or reverb added.

The video was shot with an iPhone 6s Plus with the FiLMiC Pro app.

Lighting is a single Fancier Studio Fan 500A 3 LED Light Panel.



ALTERNATE VERSIONS

Blue Bossa-Apogee Duet-Chord Melody-Key of Em -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y-eMlDOIik

Blue Bossa - Chord Melody - Key Of Em - Mick Dennis -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZABY0UoJBc

Elk Creek Cafe-Oct. 14, 2010-Blue Bossa slideshow -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoYItsPzZ0c

Blue Bossa-Solo Guitar -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkxqyaLaoic

Peace Out!~Mick

Pedal Demo - Old School - New School - Pink Floyd - Led Zeppelin

Posted by Mick Dennis on June 28, 2018 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi!

Pedal Demo - Old School - New School - Pink Floyd - Led Zeppelin on YouTube -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd-Pla7Ooes

The equipment being used in this video:

~late 80's Ibanez Artist with a Seymour Duncan JB pickup (bridge pick-up-parallel)

~VOX Wah-Wah Model V847

~electro-harmonix small stone phase shifter (black-Made in Russia)

~ProCo Rat 2

~Tech 21 SansAmp Character Series Blonde V2 Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal

~EarthQuaker Devices Dispatch Master V2 Delay and Reverb Pedal

~A.R.T. LeVeLAr Profesional Vactrol/Leveling Amplifier

~Vintage '70's Ampeg AC-12 Tube Combo Amp


Photos available here.

The video was shot with an iPhone 6s Plus with the FiLMiC Pro app, Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter and a Rode iXY Stereo Microphone.

For audio mastering, I added a compressor, multipresser and limiter in GarageBand. There is no EQ or reverb added.

Peace Out!~Mick

Bm blues - chord shapes - blues box - pentatonic scale patterns

Posted by Mick Dennis on June 19, 2018 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi!

Bm blues - chord shapes - blues box - pentatonic scale patterns on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EkN9vRkztE

Please go here to get the guitar lesson sheets for this video.

In this video I am playing a late 80's Ibanez Artist in the neck position with a Seymour Duncan Jazz pickup (neck pick-up-series) with a Golden gate pick through a Custom Billm Modified Fender Blues Junior in a custom designed cherry wood cabinet with a Jensen Special Design C15N speaker.

The video was shot with an iPhone 6s Plus with the FiLMiC Pro app.

Lighting is a single Fancier Studio Fan 500A 3 LED Light Panel.

The guitar amp was recorded with a Heil PR-40 microphone and the voice audio was recorded with an audio-technica AT831b Cardoid Condenser Lavalier Microphone both going into an Apogee Duet into an iPad Air running GarageBand.

I used GarageBand to sync the video and audio together.

For audio mastering, I added a compressor, multipresser and limiter in GarageBand. There is no EQ or reverb added.

I'm using both an ATS Acoustic Bass Trap - 24 x 48 x 4 and a DIY acoustic baffle made from "8" pieces of 16 x 48 x 2 Ultra Touch Denim Insulation placed about 6 inches behind the amp. There are "2" ATS Acoustic Panels - 24 x 48 x 4 set up behind me as a backdrop and additional sound treatment. There is also a DIY acoustical ceiling cloud made with the 16 x 48 x 2 Ultra Touch Denim Insulation which covers approx half the ceiling of my small studio.

Peace out!~Mick


Leadership Center County Graduation Celebration 2018

Posted by Mick Dennis on June 14, 2018 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi!

Below is a link for the videos of our MBS Jazz Trio performing at the Annual Leadership Centre County Graduation Celebration and Alumni Reunion.

Webpage - Leadership Center County Graduation Celebration 2018

Peace Out!~Mick

Cm-Bb-Abmaj7-Gsus - Jam Track - Cm pentatonic

Posted by Mick Dennis on June 13, 2018 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Cm-Bb-Abmaj7-Gsus - Jam Track - Cm pentatonic on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTPd-6ZF3-w

This basic riff was inspired by the book Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page. For improvising, you can simply stay with the C minor pentatonic or C blues scale. C natural minor (relative to Eb major) is also a good choice for improvising. Have fun jamming out on this track!

The first couple of pics show my basic recording setup.

The edgy pics of the Jimmy Page book were shot with the Hipstamatic app on an iPhone 6s Plus.

For all of you "old time rockers" out there. This recording features a classic "old school" ending! Enjoy!

Peace Out!~Mick

Guitar - Uke - Improvising Scale Patterns - Compare and Contrast

Posted by Mick Dennis on May 31, 2018 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Guitar - Uke - Improvising Scale Patterns - Compare and Contrast on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zownL1FWJFU

Am pentatonic scale - guitar string skipping etude

Posted by Mick Dennis on May 31, 2018 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Am pentatonic scale - guitar string skipping etude on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZKRcw7GG_E

Gm7-Am7-Bbmaj7-C7 - modal pentatonics

Posted by Mick Dennis on May 31, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Gm7-Am7-Bbmaj7-C7 - modal pentatonics on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AreveFreiy0

Chord Riffing - Key of G

Posted by Mick Dennis on May 30, 2018 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Chord Riffing - Key of G on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0E3zEjCMCc

Tonal Comparison of Guitar Picks

Posted by Mick Dennis on May 30, 2018 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Tonal Comparison of Guitar Picks on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOsElF1WxGk


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