Clarky plays da blues

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Blues is a style of music that I adore but very rarely play in public or record
I was asked to create this piece by Evolution Media Music for TV / Movie use..

it was soooooo much fun...
I need to do more of this..

enjoy

https://soundcloud.com/user-489438982/dirtyandblue05b
play every note as if it were your first
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  • JAYJOJAYJO Frets: 921
    Cheers Mate loved that. Just go and sell all my gear now laters!.
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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3037
    kit used:

    1978 Strat [fitted with Hotmail at the bridge [the other pups are standard] and a Floyd Rose
    Axe-FX II mkI
    - amp: Diesel Herbert ch2-
    - Fender 1x10 Princeton

    all 5 guitar tracks use the same preset
    the differences in tone are created via pup choices and technique [pick, fingers]
    the soloing tone is the same preset, I just turned up the gain a little
    play every note as if it were your first
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  • Great playing and sounds. But I knew it would be before I listened to it.

    It's not a competition.
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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 3212
    Wow, I can't believe that was recorded ITB. I'd swear that was recorded live!
    Great stuff!
    (pronounced: equal-sequel)   "I suffered for my art.. now it's your turn"
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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2411
    Is there any slide on there @Clarky or is it all bends and the Floyd?
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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3037
    edited February 28
    thanks guys... I'm so glad you enjoyed it..

    @vasselmeyer I can't play slide... so all the slide stuff is a combination of Floyd Rose trickery and regular bending techniques
    play every note as if it were your first
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5499
    Damn, Clarky does Jeff Beck!
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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3037
    Damn, Clarky does Jeff Beck!
    getting a Floyd to play a convincing slide part takes a lot of experimentation, trial and error..
    the hard part is keeping it all under control cos you're working the Floyd whilst picking strings..
    which is obviously all done with the same hand..
    it's a frustrating thing to figure out how to do.. but highly satisfying when it works..
    play every note as if it were your first
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  • BigLicks67BigLicks67 Frets: 528
    That slide sounds really authentic, I must admit I assumed it was a bottleneck until I read the comments. Did you do that in standard or was that guitar in a modal tuning?
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 434
    Excellent work. The slide effect sounds superb 
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 18279
    Da blooze .. well played @Clarky ; ... have it playing on my iLoud speakers in my office as the snow falls ...
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 213
    Clarky said:
    I can't play slide... so all the slide stuff is a combination of Floyd Rose trickery and regular bending techniques
    We've found it!  The thing Clarky can't do! :)

    As always mate, it's great ... honestly you make me sick, you bastard :) ... really nice to hear you so laid back, really suits you.

    Now, back to getting all those notes into a single bar, if you please!
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1846
    Clarky said:

    1978 Strat [fitted with Hotmail at the bridge [the other pups are standard] and a Floyd Rose

    Crumbs! Analogue/digital MIDI converters have really come along if Clarky has one that convert notes into text! He'll really clean up with his words-per-minute rate on the London typist temping circuit!

    http://www.rapidtyping.com/img/best-typing-tutors/speed-typing-test.jpg

    https://media0.giphy.com/media/sBikoeGRyOrK0/giphy.gif

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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3037
    That slide sounds really authentic, I must admit I assumed it was a bottleneck until I read the comments. Did you do that in standard or was that guitar in a modal tuning?
    the tuning was standard...
    a few years back when I was developing the technique I did experiment with open G and open D tunings..
    in some ways they worked but in others they were restrictive because you and up with too many fingers on the same fret..
    Also I felt that if I ever wanted to do this live, I'd be forced into having another guitar tune specifically for that technique.. which is also restrictive..
    so I worked on nailing it with a standard tuning...

    if people are assuming that it's real slide playing.. then my little mission is working... lol...
    I remember the first time I did this in front of Doug [Black Machine] he smiled when he heard the playing [he loves the blues]..
    then looked at me playing.. saw no slide and looked a bit "wtf??"
    then saw the Floyd stuff going on and his eyes almost popped out.. lol..
    he was like.. "now that is really fkn cool"
    play every note as if it were your first
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1846
    Clarky said:
    if people are assuming that it's real slide playing.. then my little mission is working... lol...
    I remember the first time I did this in front of Doug [Black Machine] he smiled when he heard the playing [he loves the blues]..
    then looked at me playing.. saw no slide and looked a bit "wtf??"
    then saw the Floyd stuff going on and his eyes almost popped out.. lol..
    he was like.. "now that is really fkn cool"
    I've always been a fan of this kind of Firkin(s) around with the wang bar! ;)
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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3037
    DLM said:
    Clarky said:
    if people are assuming that it's real slide playing.. then my little mission is working... lol...
    I remember the first time I did this in front of Doug [Black Machine] he smiled when he heard the playing [he loves the blues]..
    then looked at me playing.. saw no slide and looked a bit "wtf??"
    then saw the Floyd stuff going on and his eyes almost popped out.. lol..
    he was like.. "now that is really fkn cool"
    I've always been a fan of this kind of Firkin(s) around with the wang bar! ;)
    I've always found that trying to emulate other instruments [considering slide guitar the same way too because for me it may as well be] can often make you think in ways beyond your stock playing..
    even if the outcome is far from how you'd like it to be, it can still lead to something interesting
    there are performance characteristics that go with a soprano opera singer that I'm tried many times to emulate and failed miserably... lol.. but every once in a while I'll have a little brain wave and try again...
    that said, one failed attempt at this lead to an idea that became a lick in a song on the latest DC Band album..
    the moral of the story... 
    experimentation really is worthwhile.. even if you fail to hit the target..
    because you are flexing creative muscle in trying to solve a musical puzzle..
    play every note as if it were your first
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1846

    Yeah, Firkins is great at that, drawing influence from harmonica and fiddle licks in his solos, as well as the faux-slide playing.

    I like to try and copy vocalists, it can be frustrating, but it makes one realise how rubbish lots of guitar playing is from a melodic perspective and pushes towards something more meaningful than pentatonic (here comes that word) drivel.

    @RandallFlagg ;

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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3037
    DLM said:

    Yeah, Firkins is great at that, drawing influence from harmonica and fiddle licks in his solos, as well as the faux-slide playing.

    I like to try and copy vocalists, it can be frustrating, but it makes one realise how rubbish lots of guitar playing is from a melodic perspective and pushes towards something more meaningful than pentatonic (here comes that word) drivel.

    @RandallFlagg ;

    interesting you mention harmonica..
    in that blues piece, the bend at 1:25 is one that was directly influenced by listening to blues harp players in my teens
    it's a bend I've been doing for decades, but not one I've heard many other guitarists do..

    over the years I've probably spent almost as much time studying / emulating the music of other instruments as I have learning the playing styles of my guitar heroes..
    play every note as if it were your first
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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3444
    Ossum stuff !
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

    Feedback
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  • VoxmanVoxman Frets: 2123
    Great playing and when I heard that opening riff I thought 'nice slide'...so I was stunned to read it wasn't slide.  I'd love to see how you do that in a video!  
    I started out with nothing..... but I've still got most of it left (Seasick Steve)
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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3037
    Voxman said:
    Great playing and when I heard that opening riff I thought 'nice slide'...so I was stunned to read it wasn't slide.  I'd love to see how you do that in a video!  
    thanks matey....
    that's an interesting idea.. I'll see if I can sort something out on that when I get a spare mo
    play every note as if it were your first
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