Solo of the Month (SotM) #75 - Challenge

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stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1531
edited October 22 in Making Music
This is the 75th solo of the Month (SotM) Challenge.

The challenge is now open and ends at midnight 24th October 2021.

Discussion:
This backing track was kindly provided by @Bellycaster
You can download backing track from Soundcloud below:

https://soundcloud.com/thefretboard/sotm75-2021-10-bellycaster-cream-cheese?si=0c7b405059fb4ca19d6b528fb6fedee7

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.

Title: Cream Cheese

BPM: 105

Chord overview...Bellycaster sent me a description on guitar...

X0545X sliding to X0767X and back. 4 Bars

Then when it goes to D it's XX0555 to XX0777 and back. 2 Bars.

Then back to X0545X sliding to X0767X and back. 2 bars

Then Gadd9 to Fmaj7 x 3 cycles

Resolves to AMaj7 at the end.


Working out the exact chords is a bit tricky when you add in the bass notes. I think the chords might be as follows but please let me know if anyone has any better ideas



There should be headroom to record your solo. Try to set a level without excessive master limiting, because we want to avoid loudness wars.

Voting will start soon after the submission deadline, 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
The order and scores of the top three entries will be announced soon after the voting ends.

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/sotm75-2021-10?si=ae8b6c0b2f05410d9990d170cea92a45

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  • maharg101maharg101 Frets: 152
    First recording since getting an Ox box :grin: and first post of my own playing on the FB.

    Thanks to @Bellycaster for the excellent backing track - right up my street !

    Kit:
    Strat neck pickup > VFE Standout midboost -> MJW Electra 30w -> Ox -> Reaper
    Ox settings were 1x12 Vintage Alnico blue with a light compression and a bit of plate reverb

    My approach is generally the same, in that I don't really have any formal musical grounding, I just jam the track through a few times and have a rough plan of what I'm going to do. Took about 5 takes to get one I was really happy with.




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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1531
    maharg101 said:
    First recording since getting an Ox box :grin: and first post of my own playing on the FB.

    It's in the playlist in the original post.

    Great to have another new entrant.

    It's not a competition.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1531
    @Bellycaster sorry I couldn't resist trying to play the some of the solo to Pretzel Logic over the track. I had to bodge it a bit.




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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1531
    Done mine, which is in the playlist. And not the one in the video above.

    It's not a competition.
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 4962
    @Bellycaster sorry I couldn't resist trying to play the some of the solo to Pretzel Logic over the track. I had to bodge it a bit.




    Ah, I like it. Will have to rename you SkunkMan :) I'd not tried myself as I thought the "Real Riff" was more Minor orientated and that I'd made mine more Major orientated, but I guess the same can be played over either it seems.

    Nice Guitar too, one of those recent Roasted Maple? Ibanez Models.
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 4962
    maharg101 said:
    First recording since getting an Ox box :grin: and first post of my own playing on the FB.

    Thanks to @Bellycaster for the excellent backing track - right up my street !

    Kit:
    Strat neck pickup > VFE Standout midboost -> MJW Electra 30w -> Ox -> Reaper
    Ox settings were 1x12 Vintage Alnico blue with a light compression and a bit of plate reverb

    My approach is generally the same, in that I don't really have any formal musical grounding, I just jam the track through a few times and have a rough plan of what I'm going to do. Took about 5 takes to get one I was really happy with.




    Thanks @maharg101 as you may have now guessed, it's a work round of Pretzel Logic :)

    Good to have another newbie to the challenges.
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  • maharg101maharg101 Frets: 152
    Pretzel Logic, eh ? Had to google that. I'll give it a listen ;)
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1531
    edited October 6
    @Bellycaster sorry I couldn't resist trying to play the some of the solo to Pretzel Logic over the track. I had to bodge it a bit...

    Ah, I like it. Will have to rename you SkunkMan I'd not tried myself as I thought the "Real Riff" was more Minor orientated and that I'd made mine more Major orientated, but I guess the same can be played over either it seems.

    Nice Guitar too, one of those recent Roasted Maple? Ibanez Models.
    What I played is a bit of a bodge to make it fit. I had to drop the final part down a tone, compared to the original.

    Yes that's my relatively new Ibanez AZ2402 with a roasted maple neck. Now I want the AZ2204 HSS version.
     
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 4962
    @Bellycaster sorry I couldn't resist trying to play the some of the solo to Pretzel Logic over the track. I had to bodge it a bit...

    Ah, I like it. Will have to rename you SkunkMan I'd not tried myself as I thought the "Real Riff" was more Minor orientated and that I'd made mine more Major orientated, but I guess the same can be played over either it seems.

    Nice Guitar too, one of those recent Roasted Maple? Ibanez Models.
    What I played is a bit of a bodge to make it fit. I had to drop the final part down a tone, compared to the original.

    Yes that's my relatively new Ibanez AZ2402 with a roasted maple neck. Now I want the AZ2204 HSS version.
     
    Nice. I learned the rhythm Guitar to it, but I'll have to have a cracking at the actual solo after this is done.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1531
    edited October 8
    One from @Bennyboy-UK added to the playlist.

    @Bennyboy-UK I used the title from the first two words in your email. Hopefully that's OK.
      
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  • Bennyboy-UKBennyboy-UK Frets: 891
    edited October 10
    I've put one together, its not 100% perfect, but I used the opportunity to have a crack at splicing audio with video for a laugh.

    Try not to laugh too much at the bum bits



    Cool guitar though, hey?  

    It’s a USA Mockingbird on bridge HB (Dimarzio Super Distortion) for the first spiky part, then the only change is switch to both pickups on for the more melodic half - the other pickup is a Dimarzio PAF. None of the other electronics on the guitar were used.

    Then though an FM3 with the 100w Plexi high sensitivity input amp model and a TS on the front, I’ll check the IR as I can’t recall offhand. Some reverb and delay after that. 

    I’m still using GarageBand at present.


    I'm always looking for interesting USA Hamers for sale.
    At the moment I'm looking for Virtuoso, Watson, SS2, Vintage S, Vanguard.
    Please drop me a message.
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  • Bennyboy-UKBennyboy-UK Frets: 891
    edited October 8
    One from @Bennyboy-UK added to the playlist.

    @Bennyboy-UK I used the title from the first two words in your email . Hopefully that's OK.
      
    Bollocks - I was doing a few things at once and forgot to give it a name! - thats cool though!
    I'm always looking for interesting USA Hamers for sale.
    At the moment I'm looking for Virtuoso, Watson, SS2, Vintage S, Vanguard.
    Please drop me a message.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1531
    That's a very rock god guitar.

    It's not a competition.
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  • maharg101maharg101 Frets: 152
    Nice axe @Bennyboy-UK ;
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  • Bennyboy-UKBennyboy-UK Frets: 891
    Thanks chaps, I wanted one since I was little and saw an ad for one in International Musician in about 1982. I bought this one in about 2006ish.

    Its silly and outrageous but it’s a super guitar and smaller than you might think.
    I'm always looking for interesting USA Hamers for sale.
    At the moment I'm looking for Virtuoso, Watson, SS2, Vintage S, Vanguard.
    Please drop me a message.
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 4962
    edited October 10
    Sent mine in. Used a USA Tele on Neck pick up into Fender Modeling Amp in Cubase/GuitarRig, plus a bit of T.S, Reverb, Delay and subtle Tremolo effect.

    Recorded the last passage day after as I'd run out of ideas day before. It's sounds slightly different as I had the Strat out that day and just plugged in and went with that 

    Also thought it benefitted from a couple of harmonies in the right places.


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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1531
    Sent mine in.


    It's in the playlist. That makes 4.

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  • DrHungryDrHungry Frets: 21
    Sent one in! Despite including Pretzel Logic in my top 5 albums of all time list, I completely failed to make the connection here. Clearly I need to give it another listen, although that's no hardship. To me the backing made me think of Led Zeppelin's Down By The Seaside, hence the slidey tremolo thing in my entry. 

    I was trying to get across the idea of a conversation between the woozy slide which I played (after a fashion) on my 335 and the twang of the tele. It was all done direct into Ampire in Studio One.
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1531
    DrHungry said:
    Sent one in...
    And that makes 5 entries in the playlist.

    It's not a competition.
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  • Bennyboy-UKBennyboy-UK Frets: 891
    Sent mine in. Used a USA Tele on Neck pick up into Fender Modeling Amp in Cubase/GuitarRig, plus a bit of T.S, Reverb, Delay and subtle Tremolo effect.

    Recorded the last passage day after as I'd run out of ideas day before. It's sounds slightly different as I had the Strat out that day and just plugged in and went with that 

    Also thought it benefitted from a couple of harmonies in the right places.


    That’s very cool. I started out trying to play through my one with three separate sections and recording them all on different tracks to give myself a chance to get each bit as clean as possible.

    In the end I had a few goes at playing it all in one go and enjoyed learning to take the audio track and overlay iPhone video - I went with that in the end.

    I guess doing the parts separately and also adding overdubs etc is going to be something I try out next. It’s a lot of fun and listening to the entries is great to see how differently this can all be done!

    I think getting involved in SOTM is a great means for learning new recording and writing techniques - I’ve got a lot from it already.
    I'm always looking for interesting USA Hamers for sale.
    At the moment I'm looking for Virtuoso, Watson, SS2, Vintage S, Vanguard.
    Please drop me a message.
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