Lachrymal

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  1. awesome, exactly what i'm aiming for! as i've said before, i WANT people to get bored! i hate 'hooks'. thank you, Adrian
  2. thank you i dont' really believe that reading music would affect anything at all. i should explain myself better. i can't read music, i don't know what this or that is named. but i know completely how to use it, i know how it functions. music makes perfect sense to me already. i can listen to pretty much ANYTHING and pick it apart completely. i don't know what someone else calls this key or that key, but i can hear that key and play that key just fine. the name isn't important at all. any instrument i've picked up, i've been able to play. i obviously haven't played everything, (or even close to it) but i do truly believe that i can play anything. i started teaching myself to read music at one point...my brother-in-law has college text books on the subject, as that's what he studied. but i got bored because it only gave names for everything i already knew. it just felt like a waste of time. i can seriously pick apart every single key to just about anything i hear...i don't have to know the names of them...that only helps in explaining it to someone else. but i can just play it for them if i really need to show them and thank you on your advice, and to the vocal harmonies thing...i wasn't trying to make something sound studio...i DON'T want that right now. if i ever make a studio record, then fine, but not now. i want it to sound natural. even though in some of my more recent music i use synth and such, it's still played live and recorded live. screw-ups and all it's a demo so i didn't want polishing and buffing. i wanted LOTS to be left to the imagination. thank you dear joelly. sorry, mine was rambly as well...all i was REALLY trying to say is, thank you for your sincere advice and thank you for taking the time to listen. i completely appreciate honest criticism. Adrian
  3. Well thanks for asking! Its coming along. Progress has been slow with self teaching, but I'm taking a couple of lessons now! That keeps me motivated to practice, so that there's noticeable improvement between lessons. (The fact that I have a HUGE crush on the guy teaching me doesn't hurt either. ) Oh, and Adrian, I really am going to listen to your music and add something useful to this thread. I promise! <{POST_SNAPBACK}> you're making people smile, how much more useful could your comments be? love, Adrian
  4. lmao sounds good man hahah, i dunno, i just play it, i don't even know how to read music...so...yeah...i can hear it, i can learn pretty much any song i hear if i want to. but i can't read music...nope.
  5. sir...you have no idea what this post meant to me. some of the things you said brought me on the verge of tears. thank you...from the bottom of my soul, thank you so much really...god, i can't express how much this meant to me. thank you so very much. Adrian
  6. heheh, i figured you'd like the synth in that yeah, it's a synth-cello. i'm actually quite proud of it...simply for the fact that 90% of the cello in that song was all improv. only the chorus was prewritten (wanted stability on that) the rest, i just randomly hit record and started playing whatever came out...and the most amazing thing happened...it actually worked! actually, i think the whole thing was only like 2 takes for the synth. i'm really glad you enjoyed it. thank you so much for listening Adrian
  7. oooh, i'm actually glad that this topic was suddenly revitalized i have a new song up that i REALLY REALLY want people to listen to! it's called 'grattitude' i think it's the best song i've ever written...i'm absolutely in love with it. you don't have to love it as much as i do...i don't think that's even possible, hah...but let me know what you think, please www.myspace.com/adrianbartholomew thank you, as always, Adrian
  8. Looks interesting. I'll have to play around with it. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> What would you call that tuning? C# sus 4 ? <{POST_SNAPBACK}> hmm...i have no idea...been wondering exactly what it would be called, actually...anyone else who picks up my guitar just calls it, "Adrian's tuning". heh, i guess that works
  9. hahah, thank you for listening...no, i really don't do any happy and upbeat music...lol, i couldn't imagine that working for me my music always has a positive message...but i'm kind of a dark person naturally...i have humor (see the song, 'buddha is my homeboy', just the title is tongue-in-cheek humor) but it's always from a dark perspective. i'm honestly a VERY optimistic person, but i'm also always very dark as well it's a weird balance, i know. um...yeah, actually this music is getting a lot lighter than it used to be...i dunno...just the way i write. i have this one song...i may put up a recording of it sometime...anyways, it's the most self-depricating song i've ever written...it's really quite horrible...but at the same time, it was something that i really NEEDED to write at that time...because it was a turning point...it pointed out how rediculous it all was. so...this horrible horrible song...this wholly depressing, self-depricating song...i entitled 'Euphoria' it helped me a lot. i dunno, i'm weird Adrian
  10. lol, was it just me or did he (as an actor) REALLY seemed to have studied Mr. Bush's expressions for his character? Seriously, he had ALL the looks down, even that little coy smile with the 'heheheh' (shoulder's bouncing up and down). No? Adrian
  11. What tuning do you use? from low to high, it's C#, F#, C#, F#, G#, C# on paper, looks like it would be kinda monotonous, but it gives it quite a unique sound...bar chords, obvious work well, but there are a virtually endless number of finger possitions and slight alterations that give me a VERY wide variety of sounds. I'm able to play most standard tuned songs in my tuning, with a little work here and there...ironically, the tuning, while seemingly simplified, gives me a variety of more options Adrian
  12. "Carry On" is also a really good tune. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> awesome, i'll check it out
  13. No, it occurs frequently under the verse. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> In that case, it's purposeful
  14. Your music definately does not suck. While I was busy kicking the leprichaun, I listened to all four of the available clips, and I liked them all. I wish I had that talent. I'ma big fan of the epic rock bands ('65-'85)....I would love to hear your serious rendition of one of those classic rock tunes... particularly, I think you'd be able to do any number of the acoustic CSN tunes.. Mike <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Awesome, thank you so much I'm downloading some CSN now, never listened to them before So far, I have 'helplessly hoping'. I like this one so far, gonna keep exploring, see what i think of everything i find Thank you, both for your compliments, and for turning me on to a band i haven't really considered before Adrian
  15. I tried transcribing Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody (the famous one). I got a decent chunk of it done but I needed two guitars and a bass and also hit some trouble spots where the piano notes just aren't playable on the guitar. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> yeah, classical music is rarely easy on guitar however, i don't use a normal tuning...actually, i've never heard of the tuning i use being used by ANYONE....but yeah, i don't use a normal tuning, so we'll see how it works out for me when i go to work on Moonlight Sonata... also, i wouldn't transcribe it key for key...i would turn it into a guitar piece...turn it into something that COULD be a guitar song Adrian
  16. do you mean the last note the song ends on? because, if that's it, yeah, i'm aware of that thought about fixing it, but i don't have a lot of motivation (i'm lazy) so there it sits but, yeah, thank you for listening and replying Adrian
  17. gracias, ed if you're a classical buff, you may be interested to know that i'm deeply considering transcribing Beethoven's 'Moonlight Sonata' to guitar, and writing lyrics for it...it would be quite a difficult task to write lyrics that would do the song justice, but...if i could pull it off, to MY satisfaction (which is the hardest satisfaction to gain ) then i think it may be well worth it...i dunno Adrian
  18. Awe, thank you mr. git, that works just as well as a full critique for me Adrian
  19. thank you very much...and actually, in a wierd way, i'm kind of happy that half of you are getting bored with the music halfway through... I know, i'm wierd, but let me explain...I don't want it to be catchy...i hate it when people say, "you need to write a good hook!" that INFURIATES me. that's not what music is about...This is why i can't STAND pop music. it's all about hooks, being catchy. i'd MUCH rather it kind of wash past you...i'd RATHER you get kinda bored...because then, MAYBE, you'll start searching for something else to hold on to within the music...like, "hmm...poop, there's no hook to this song...well...what IS there?" then, MAYBE, you'll actually find what the music really has in it...maybe you'll find the soul of the music...maybe you'll hear the lyrics, and maybe they'll wash past you too, but MAYBE you'll understand, maybe you'll relate, maybe they'll help you in some way...THAT'S what i'm after. and i'll GLADLY discard 100 potential fans for that one person who i REALLY touch with my music. it's a lot of maybe's, but it's worth it So...i write all this to say, basically, that i really really like the fact that i'm getting such diverse responses...this really let's me know that i'm on the right track! even if i'm not there yet... now i'm sooo friggin' e'scited! lol, and i really like the fact that someone voted 'This is GREAT background music...for vomiting.' seriously, thank you all so much, i'm needing all the positives AND negatives so much, thank you thank you anyone else, feel free to critique, please Adrian
  20. Awesome. Wierd? mehbe a little, but regardless, this is my favorite critique so far Not to belittle the other great critiques i've gotten so far, but i guess i feel like someone in your very unique possition would know a little more about the importance of sound than most...If you know what i mean hmm...i might consider a vocal coach, if i ever have the time or money...could be quite worthwhile..I have great range...but there are little blank spots in between different highs and lows, if that makes sense. i think a vocal coach could really help me to smooth all that out. (if i'm not making sense i mean something like, singing one key, then another, higher key just fine, but trying to nail the key in between, and completely missing it, yeah?) the growly parts, or as i call 'em, 'vocal overdrive' , i'm actually really careful with that...it took me a LONG time to be able to do that...and ironically, quitting smoking made me have to learn all over again...but anyways, i push limits just enough to expand my range, but i'm very careful not to overdo it...when i start getting tired, i quit pushing myself. No, my throat doesn't get soar...believe it or not, it's a pretty controlled vocal. but still, i deffinitely think that a vocal coach would be something to look into if i ever had the chance...my voice is the one thing that i'm terrified of, musically... It means a lot to me that you commented on the fact that i use a 'clean' guitar...that's one aspect that has become VERY important to me in my music, lately. I'm really starting to get sick of all the distortion on the radio...in moderation, it can be beautiful, and add a LOT to a song...but i really really think it's over-used...and doesn't even make a lot of sense, the way it's used sometimes...for instance, a love song with distortion all throughout, is like screaming at a person that you love them, right in front of their face. it's just...a little wierd If anyone else is interested in the lyrics, perhaps i could put them up there, on my music page...or, if you're the only one that's interested, i could email them to you if you want? would deffinitely be no problem thank you, for an AWESOME critique Re:the rest of your post- Hearing, seeing, whatever...these things aren't so important so long as you can FEEL. of course, that's a little easier for me to say, i'm not going deaf, but this is what i would try to remember if i were. Even in music...we only use these sounds because we're attempting to make you FEEL something...it's all about feeling, remember that Adrian
  21. Heheh, i think you are correct actually, that's kind of my plan...where i'm at now, about the only places there are to play are bars...I've played at one bar...but i don't much like the atmosphere. There are a couple of little coffee shops, but nothing that has live music... So, i'm going to go to college...hopefully in August. The college i'm gonna try to go to is in Fayetteville, a little smaller city than where i'm at now, but it has a LOT more of the atmosphere i'm looking for. Actually, the college is on this street, called Dixon st., lined with little coffee shops and bars...those little places are the only reason i'm going to college...lol, gonna get a scholarship so i don't have to do anything for a while, and i can just go to school, and in the free time, play music at all the little places in that area that's the plan anyways...i'll let you know if that works out Adrian
  22. Back in the late 60's there were these coffe shops where people would gather and play folk music and read poetry and such. Beatnik crowd I guess you would call it. I was more into rock and roll at the time. If you are using your pc, have you tried MultiTrack Studio recording software? It works really well. There is also a tip about connecting electronic instruments to a pc sound card on my website which you may or may not know about. Keep up the good work. The world need more creative people and less robots. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> lol, i keep getting this coffee shop connection with my music...i suppose it makes since... When me and my wife first split up she told me that we didn't match anyways, she was a small-town country girl, and I needed to be hanging out in a coffee shop somewhere. It was just funny because i had NEVER been to a coffee shop at the time, lol. I'm not sure if i've tried that one or not...i've tried a lot of them, the one i'm using now is Cakewalk. It's my favorite so far. I know it doesn't sound much like i used ANYTHING, but that was kind of hte idea...I wanted it to be really really raw, i wanted it to sound like I would sound if you were sitting around my bedroom listening to me just jam on my own free time. without the effects, without the pollishing and buffing. some of hte songs are for a potential demo, so i wanted it to be as raw and honest as possible. EVEN if that costs me my demo. I'd rather someone be interested in my music for what it really is than for what kinda commercial crap it can be. thank you, really Adrian
  23. I think these would do well at the local folksie coffee shops. But I can't say I liked them. Not that I don't like folksie. I thought that they needed more changeups or something. they seemed to start out well for me, but grow tiresome. I honestly couldn't comment on the vocals, cause my puters sound wasn't good enough to really make them out.. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> hmm...riight on, thank you for your thoughts