The Fretboard Cover Challenge #1

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flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429
edited July 10 in Making Music
@Roland has kindly given the go ahead for the first ever Fretboard COVER CHALLENGE run by @flying_pie and @poopot


The rules are simple - there are no rules*.

We all start with the same song suggestion and record our own cover version. It's up to your imagination as to what you do with it. It could be faithful to the original or as out there as you wish. 

The idea is to share creativity and see how we end up with differing results from the exact same start point. Feel free to change key if needed for vocals. Feel free to go instrumental/spoken word/rap if singing isn't your thing. Feel free to share ideas in this thread or keep your hand close to your chest. Just have fun with it. 


The first song to be covered is....



Drum roll...




Exciting isn't it?...




I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW by Tiffany 



Yes. That's what has been chosen. Now get those creative juices flowing and see what you can come up with. 



RULES:

Entries to be sent in mp3 format to the following Email address:

covers@thefretboard.co.uk

You may wish to submit artwork to go with your entry. It brightens up the playlist and might get you more votes but it's not mandatory. 

Entries close at 11.30pm on Friday 31st August. Only one entry per participant. 

A playlist of all the entries will be posted in the Voting Thread and you will have approximately two weeks to vote. Vote for your top 3 with 5 points awarded  for first place, 3 points for second place and 1 point for third place. Entrants obviously aren't allowed to vote for their own entry. 

Unlike other challenges in the Cover Challenge the winner wins a prize - they will get to choose the track to be covered for the next challenge. Please have ideas ready in advance as you will only have approximately 48hrs to Email your suggestion or The Management will decide for you. 


Good luck. 
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 3314
    Interesting.

    You say we can change the key... Can we also change the tune, chords and lyrics?! Haha just kidding will have a go

    Water, come drown me, I'm done

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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429
    Lol @thecolourbox ; I'd suggest you don't go as far as changing the lyrics, chords and melody but you could probably get away with changing two out of the three if you really wanted. 

    FWIW I went with that particular song suggestion for two reasons:

    1. I picked a random playlist on Spotify and that was the first decent track

    2. There's very little guitar in the original but the chord structure is simple and is ripe for messing around with. There isn't a standout guitar part to start with so you can do what you want. 
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1396
    Truely didn’t see that coming.

    brilliant!... :)
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  • thecolourboxthecolourbox Frets: 3314
    Absolutely @flying_pie it's a good choice, I think I know what I'd like to do with it.

    Which of course means it'll end up the complete opposite

    Water, come drown me, I'm done

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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 209
    I only have one problem with this ... the song is already a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells ...  But should be a giggle either way :-)

    wonder if if I can recreate the album cover too ... now, where are my pop socks ...
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  • FretwiredFretwired Frets: 17274
    Not wanting to throw cold water on this isn't it illegal? I didn't think we could do something like this.
    My pump-action drivel gun is smoking hot today!
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 209
    If covering songs is illegal better take down all of soundcloud.
    its not making money so no royalties to worry about, the original artist is credited, I do t really see an issue.
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 209
    edited July 2
    Ok, I’ve checked ... it’s a bit of a grey area for recordings only that are not being monetised (youtube and video is different due to the inherent monetisation)
    There are unlikely to be any issues, technically the permission of the copyright owner should be sought. In most cases it will not be an issue, some artists may objec and request the tracks withdrawn.

    i suggest we simply avoid litigious houses for now, so no Hendrix, Prince, Marley or Gaye.

    i suspect Tommy James won’t mind.
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429
    edited July 3
    I hadn't realised that was a cover already @Bezzer (hangs head in shame) 

    I think we'll be okay as you say with regards to the copyright. With all the jam sessions recordings already on the Fretboard soundcloud page it would appear record company execs don't seem to listen in.

    If all else fails the playlist could probably be made private so that it can only be listened to via the link.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1396
    Ok... had a play around with this... I have the seed of an idea...


    in totally unrelated news, anyone know where I can get a full gospel choir? :)
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429
    poopot said:
    Ok... had a play around with this... I have the seed of an idea...


    in totally unrelated news, anyone know where I can get a full gospel choir? :)
    Sounds good. I recorded some guitar ideas for it last night and think I'm somewhere in late 90s US college rock/Foo Fighters territory.


    In totally unrelated news I'm trying to get a choir effect for the Christmas song I'm currently writing (by law all Christmas songs must be recorded in July and preferably on the hottest day of the year).

    So far I've recorded harmony parts with shed loads of cathedral reverb, more wet than dry,  and it sounds okay. Probably not the type of choir your after as this is in the style of Ghost rather than gospel but you never know 
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  • BezzerBezzer Frets: 209
    edited July 3
     I've got an idea for this too ... mwah ha ha ha ... but it'll have to wait for a while, but I think it could work "nicely"
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  • enjoenjo Frets: 74
    I might try this - nice idea.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1396
    I haz intro ;)
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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 384
    Any hints on how to go from iPhone voice recorder to mp3?
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1396
    sev112 said:
    Any hints on how to go from iPhone voice recorder to mp3?
    Mail the recording to yourself then convert it with iTunes?
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  • sev112sev112 Frets: 384
    Ok, will give that a try, ta
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3369
    edited July 7
    EDIT
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429
    Bezzer said:
     I've got an idea for this too ... mwah ha ha ha ... but it'll have to wait for a while, but I think it could work "nicely"

    I'll look forward to that. The lyrics could be delivered in a way that makes them very dark, even without transposition to a minor key.
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  • horsehorse Frets: 582
    I can't think past this gem of a cover from 1989 - great album too



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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429
    poopot said:
    I haz intro ;)

    I has full track with only vocals left to add... ;)

    Better check I can sing it in the key I've gone for :)
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429
    horse said:
    I can't think past this gem of a cover from 1989 - great album too



    That's a great version 
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1396
    poopot said:
    I haz intro ;)

    I has full track with only vocals left to add... ;)

    Better check I can sing it in the key I've gone for :)
    Blimings!.... will bang out some more tomorrow hopefully... 
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429
    poopot said:
    poopot said:
    I haz intro ;)

    I has full track with only vocals left to add... ;)

    Better check I can sing it in the key I've gone for :)
    Blimings!.... will bang out some more tomorrow hopefully... 
    It's not a race. Loads and loads of time left. 

    And just because it was done quickly doesn't mean it's good! 


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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429

    Better check I can sing it in the key I've gone for :)

    Oops. That was close. I'd transposed it to E and ended up needing to sing most of the choruses up the octave rather than in the lower register for the right effect.... Literally just manage to push out the top notes. I think I couldn't have gone any higher without falsetto 
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1396
    Ok, I haz “vocals” of sorts and an almost finished tune!... will polish the turd a bit more tomorrow... maybe we have the start of a playlist!...
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  • flying_pieflying_pie Frets: 429
    Ladies and gentlemen we now have an official Email address to send your tracks to:

    covers@thefretboard.co.uk 

    @poopot has very kindly set it up and is the one overseeing the emails so tag him if you have any related queries. 

    My OP stated we'd wait until all entries are in before posting a playlist. I think that the surprise element could be better for this challenge. But there's no reason we couldn't post entries as they arrive as that can give people idea and keep the threads fresh. Happy to go with the majority on this 
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1396
    I’m easy either way... happy to wait... keen to hear!..,
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1396
    Right... Im done... No more tweaking... Its as bad as its gonna get!...
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  • enjoenjo Frets: 74
    I've sort of figured out what I 'could' do... it remains to be seen if I actually do the doing though!
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