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stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
edited May 10 in Making Music
This is the 36th solo of the Month (SotM) Challenge and is being run by @stratman3142 and @TTony.

The challenge is now open, and remains open for submissions until 11:30pm on 23rd May 2018.

Here's this month's backing track (you can download it from soundcloud). Record your solo over the top of it and then submit it (ideally in mp3 format) to solos@theFB.co.uk
Also, feel free to comment on how you approached the solo, which will add a bit more interest and maybe we can learn something from each other.


Discussion:

Something laid back this month, after last month's frenzy

The tempo is 83 BPM and the chords are below:
 C  Am  C  Am  C  Am Fmaj7  Dm9
 C  Am  C  Am  C  Am Fmaj7  Dm9 stay on Dm9
 C  Am  C  Am  C  Am Fmaj7  Dm9
 C  Am  C  Am  C  Am Fmaj7  Dm9 stay on Dm9
Am


The backing track has 3dB of headroom to add your solos. Add your solo and (as a guideline) try to avoid boosting the overall level beyond that if possible. That way the entries should be at roughly the same level and we won't get into loudness wars .


Voting will start soon after the submission deadline of 23rd May 2018, with each voter selecting their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.
First choice gets 5 points - Second choice gets 3 points - Third choice gets 1 point
Voting will end on 11.30pm 30th May 2018
The order and scores of the top three entries will be announced soon after the voting ends. If there are 8 or more entries, then the order and scores of those in the top half will be announced.

No prizes. It's just for fun.


As people submit their entries, I'll post them below to hopefully promote some discussion on approaches used for the solo:

https://soundcloud.com/thefretboard/sets/sotm36-2018-05


It's not a competition.
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5438
    So when you import the backing into your DAW, say the track is set to 0dB, I could set my guitar level to 3dB for it to stand out?
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423
    @bingefeller the easiest way to consider processing would be:

    Set the master volume at zero dB

    Import the backing track and leave it alone

    Record your solo and process it according to taste. The track level may vary depending on how you record it, whether you use compression, etc. It's up to you to decide if want it to be understated or balls deep in your face (probably in between the two is best). 
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    So when you import the backing into your DAW, say the track is set to 0dB, I could set my guitar level to 3dB for it to stand out?
    If the track volume control is set to 0dB then I'd expect the backing track to peak at -3dB.

    Just set the level of your guitar track to what you feel sounds right. There should be enough headroom such that the backing track plus solo will be under 0dB.
    It's not a competition.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423
    edited May 1
    Just listened to the backing track. First off I'll say thanks for taking the time to make the tracks and run the challenge @stratman3142. ;;; It's very much appreciated. 

    Having said that I don't think I've ever listened to anything vaguely close to this type of music. Ever. I don't even know what genre it might be. I'm unsure if I should use a guitar or a glockenspiel. I don't even own a glockenspiel so I hope a guitar will do.

    I'm up for the challenge but shall apologise in advance for whatever bastard creation I end up submitting. Good luck everyone
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    Just listened to the backing track. First off I'll say thanks for taking the time to make the tracks and run the challenge @stratman3142. ;;; It's very much appreciated. 

    Having said that I don't think I've ever listened to anything vaguely close to this type of music. Ever. I don't even know what genre it might be. I'm unsure if I should use a guitar or a glockenspiel. I don't even own a glockenspiel so I hope a guitar will do.

    I'm up for the challenge but shall apologise in advance for whatever bastard creation I end up submitting. Good luck everyone

    I just hear it as a bluesy A minor pentatonic thing - or A Aeolian mode if you want to get fancy :)

    Next month perhaps I'll go for full on rock.

    It's not a competition.
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  • ChrisRGChrisRG Frets: 33
    Haven’t had a chance to listen yet but after your analysis @flying_pie I’m now intrigued (ok, more worried!!!). Sounds like I may need to nick my 6 year olds glockenspiel!!!!!
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423
    Just listened to the backing track. First off I'll say thanks for taking the time to make the tracks and run the challenge @stratman3142. ;;; It's very much appreciated. 

    Having said that I don't think I've ever listened to anything vaguely close to this type of music. Ever. I don't even know what genre it might be. I'm unsure if I should use a guitar or a glockenspiel. I don't even own a glockenspiel so I hope a guitar will do.

    I'm up for the challenge but shall apologise in advance for whatever bastard creation I end up submitting. Good luck everyone

    I just hear it as a bluesy A minor pentatonic thing - or A Aeolian mode if you want to get fancy :)

    Next month perhaps I'll go for full on rock.

    Yeah. I'd worked out it would be C major for those of us using glockenspiels.

    Or A minor for guitars. ;)

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  • ChrisRGChrisRG Frets: 33
    Result, I think my toy glockenspiel is in C!!
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    edited May 1
    ChrisRG said:
    Result, I think my toy glockenspiel is in C!!

    Hmmm, I've spotted a loop hole. The instructions don't actually state that it has to be a guitar solo. Go for it.

    It's not a competition.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423
    ChrisRG said:
    Result, I think my toy glockenspiel is in C!!
    Awesome.

    I'm think my kids' toy keyboard has a birdsong setting which has a glockenspielesque sound quality... I wonder if it's got a line out... 
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  • bingefellerbingefeller Frets: 5438
    Sent!
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  • fastonebazfastonebaz Frets: 209
     Next month full on rock??  Hold my beer, i have some shredding to do!
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423
     Next month full on rock??  Hold my beer, i have some shredding to do!
    Get on board for this one. It's 83bpm... That could mean at least 32nd note runs for you shredders .. ;)
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  • fastonebazfastonebaz Frets: 209
    I must admit this month's one is tempting. I may give it a go. 
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    ChrisRG said:
    Result, I think my toy glockenspiel is in C!!
    Awesome.

    I'm think my kids' toy keyboard has a birdsong setting which has a glockenspielesque sound quality... I wonder if it's got a line out... 

    Well I suppose someone had to do it. This isn't my official entry by the way.



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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    Sent!


    Got it. Quick of the mark. I'll post a playlist as soon as I get a second entry.

    It's not a competition.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423
    ChrisRG said:
    Result, I think my toy glockenspiel is in C!!
    Awesome.

    I'm think my kids' toy keyboard has a birdsong setting which has a glockenspielesque sound quality... I wonder if it's got a line out... 

    Well I suppose someone had to do it. This isn't my official entry by the way.




    Haha. That does actually go with the backing track. Good effort 
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423
    Sent. No glockenspiel or children's keyboard  used. Just a Telecaster. 
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    Sent. No glockenspiel or children's keyboard  used. Just a Telecaster. 

    That's 2 entries so far, which are in the playlist in the original post.

    It's not a competition.
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  • DulcetJonesDulcetJones Frets: 400
    I'm going to start working on it later today, and I like that we have challenging, unusual backing tracks.  Getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing to do now and then.  Of course, the odd full on rock track is part of the mix  as well.

    Whoever called it "rush hour" should not be allowed to name anything else.

    Dulcet Jones Creepy Music Blog http://dulcetjones.blogspot.com/

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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423
    I'll briefly discuss the techniques I used.

    The first half is obviously a backwards guitar. I split the backing track in half and reversed the first half as a new take in Reaper. I jammed along without any consideration of scales but trying to have an idea of the textures I wanted when the track was reversed. I found that quite tricky to get my head around and it took a few goes. 

    I reversed the solo and returned the backing to its original state. I then added a stereo phaser, reverb ana pan effect as it wouldn't have the same effect if it was recorded first then reversed. 

    I then played an Am pentatonic /A Aeolian melody with a bit of reverb for the second half. 


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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423

    I like that we have challenging, unusual backing tracks.  Getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing to do now and then. 

    Agreed. I hope it was obvious that my early remarks were tongue in cheek. 
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  • DulcetJonesDulcetJones Frets: 400

    I like that we have challenging, unusual backing tracks.  Getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing to do now and then. 

    Agreed. I hope it was obvious that my early remarks were tongue in cheek. 
    Hey, it's not a contest......oh wait.

    Whoever called it "rush hour" should not be allowed to name anything else.

    Dulcet Jones Creepy Music Blog http://dulcetjones.blogspot.com/

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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 423
    DulcetJones said:

    Hey, it's not a contest......oh wait.

    Correct. It's the "SotM challenge". That's what is says in the description . And that's why I always refer to 'submissions' rather than 'entries'.

    I dare say that viewpoint might change under certain circumstances... It definitely becomes a competition if you win it!  :)
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  • DulcetJonesDulcetJones Frets: 400
    Sent.  I got my Mustang out and dialed up a clean/reverb surf sound and got kind of loungy. 

    Whoever called it "rush hour" should not be allowed to name anything else.

    Dulcet Jones Creepy Music Blog http://dulcetjones.blogspot.com/

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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    Sent.  I got my Mustang out and dialed up a clean/reverb surf sound and got kind of loungy. 

    That makes three entries in the playlist.
    It's not a competition.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    Done mine, so that makes 4 in the playlist.

    It's not a competition.
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 2504
    Mine is sent.
    Stupidity is what will kill us all in the end.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 756
    Mine is sent.

    In the playlist. That makes 5 entries.

    It's not a competition.
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  • Rowby1Rowby1 Frets: 365
    Really want to have a go at this....just need to find the time again!!

    Nice entries already too. 
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