Sunroof Symphony

While experimenting with some slide tunings, I discovered a couple of really twangy chords that had so much chime I knew I had to work them into a song. This song is the result. It features a Les Paul played through a Fender Mustang III amp using a customized Vox amp patch with a little bit of triangle chorus. The drum track was generated with a Zoom B3 Bass Effects pedal, which was also used to record the bass track with my Rickenbacker 4003 bass. The song made me think of driving in a convertible with the top down or a car with the sunroof open, which is where the title came from.

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Instrumental Music vs Vocal Music

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It’s hard to be an instrumentalist

Nowadays, if you’re not a singer / songwriter or rapper, your music just won’t get many plays. Long gone are the days when you could turn on the radio and hear an instrumental song on the top 40. Oh, there are a few exceptions, I guess. If you are a fret board acrobat, you can still get a following. I’m no acrobat or shredder – just an instrumental songwriter.

Yes, I used to write songs with lyrics and I actually sang them. I can carry a tune and even used to sing in choir at church, but I don’t have a soloist’s voice. These days, I just prefer to express myself through my guitars. Maybe one day I’ll get inspired to write some more lyrics to one of my songs. Until then, I’ll let my guitars do my speaking. The question is: “Is anybody listening?”

-JRE

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The Waterin’ Hole

The acoustic tracks were recorded with my trusty TASCAM Pocketstudio using its internal mics. The bass track was recorded with the TASCAM using the line in coming from a Zoom B3 Bass Effects pedal. The drum track was also generated by the Zoom B3, with the exception of the final cymbal crash, which came from Adobe Audition Loopology.

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