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#226135 - 12/06/13 01:06 PM [User Showcase] A Christmas Song
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
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Aleck Rand: electric nylon guitar
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#226170 - 12/06/13 02:36 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
sixchannel Offline

Registered: 06/23/06
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Hi Aleck
I love this song and this arrangement is just wonderful.
What a super sound from the electric nylon - if only we could get these in the UK at a sensible price! Sigh!
Sparse backing that fills the ears just right.
Loved the "bells" at the end - Excellent.
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#226193 - 12/06/13 03:50 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
floyd jane Offline

Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 5881
Loc: Florida
Very nicely done, Dean. A very pleasant listen! - floyd
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#226197 - 12/06/13 04:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
tommyad Offline

Registered: 05/22/11
Posts: 2766
Loc: Florida
Dean, Excellent playing. Those nylon strings give it just the right texture. Sweet! Great ending. Don't all those xmas songs have great melodies? Merry Christmas to you and yours brother. Tom

#226233 - 12/06/13 05:06 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
dani48 Offline

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 3344
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
Hi, Dean !

I also love this classic
Christmas song ! ...your
playing is just magic !!!!!
WOW !!!:))


#226315 - 12/06/13 09:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
boehm Offline

Registered: 06/22/12
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Loc: Karlsruhe, Germany
Hi Dean,

Great. Enjoyed listening.

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#226549 - 12/07/13 05:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
gruverider Offline

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 1435
much enjoyed, one of my favorite Christmas songs

#226555 - 12/07/13 05:35 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
Pat Marr Offline

Registered: 10/25/08
Posts: 7508
Loc: Winston-Salem, NC
Pow! ZOOM!
another home run, Dean! Absolutely beautiful in every way!

(Now I need to decide if your playing inspires me or discourages me...)

#226635 - 12/07/13 09:09 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
cubanpete Offline

Registered: 08/24/07
Posts: 1194
Loc: Florida, USA
Yep, one of my favorites too. terrific arrangement and playing.

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#226662 - 12/07/13 11:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Very nicely done, Dean. A very pleasant listen! - floyd

+1 from me!

#226786 - 12/08/13 02:28 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: tommyad]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Hey Tommy,

Thanks for your warm greeting brother. Yeh, this tune is probably the most beautiful of the Christmas songs.

And, I wish you and yours a peaceful and happy Christmas. Hope Santa treats you real good.


#226794 - 12/08/13 02:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: sixchannel]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
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I had you in mind on this one. You know, I just got that Ibanez nylon electric. It's a "transition" guitar for non-classical players, i.e, it has the neck and fingerboard of an ordinary electric guitar, a flat top with a hole in the middle but with a thin body and cutaway.

But check this out: I got it for the low, low price of ... FREE! I had two old amps in the basement - functioning for decades essentially as dust collectors - and a cheap Alvarez classical guitar. I loaded up the car and drove off to Guitar Center. I bet you have them in England.

Anyway, they didn't want the classical, but after the smoke cleared and they took those two amps, they wound up owing me 2 cents! I told 'em, alright you bums, pay up! Just kidding, of course.

Glad you liked A Christmas Song. I thought the Jingle Bells intro and outro was pretty clever, if I do say so myself.


#226798 - 12/08/13 02:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: Pat Marr]
aleck rand Offline

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Gosh Pat, it's been awhile. I've heard you've become a famous cat on - what's it called? - JellyTube or something like that?

Anyway, it's great to hear from you again. Listen, if you want to be encouraged and you're interested, I'll send you chord diagrams of every chord I play in the song. And that holds for anyone interested. I can't promise it will be fast, but you'll get 'em.

Hope Santa treats you good, pal.


#226801 - 12/08/13 03:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: boehm]
aleck rand Offline

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Merry Christmas Guenter and Gruverider.

I'm pleased that you liked the way I handled this beautiful tune. May Santa be good to you!


#226835 - 12/08/13 04:46 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
Sundance Offline

Registered: 05/30/08
Posts: 4134
Yikes, I could never even dream to play like that but I sure do enjoy hearing you do it.

Perhaps some DC user tracks will be in our future....oh there's a scathingly brilliant idea if I do say so myself! <grin>

Eggnog anyone?

Happy Holidays Dean!
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#226841 - 12/08/13 04:59 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: Sundance]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Originally Posted By: Sundance
Perhaps some DC user tracks will be in our future....oh there's a scathingly brilliant idea if I do say so myself! <grin>
Eggnog anyone? Happy Holidays Dean!

Josie, you do have a way with a scathingly flattering compliment. And, sure, gimme some o' that eggnog. Happy Holidays to you as well!


#227258 - 12/10/13 11:26 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: cubanpete]
aleck rand Offline

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Dani, Josie and Mike,

Thank you so much for your kind words. Merry Christmas to you all!


#228884 - 12/17/13 08:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: aleck rand]
Janice & Bud Offline

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Nice. The electric nylon is fascinating. Guess I'm pretty provincial as I wasn't even aware of them. Really fine playing.
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#228893 - 12/17/13 09:23 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Christmas Song [Re: Janice & Bud]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Well there you go.

This one is an Ibanez but, Janice and Bud, talking about Christmas, it wasn't Santa that got me that guitar for the low low price of ... FREE. Instead, I took two old amps that had been sitting in the basement as dust collectors, took 'em over to Guitar Center and, when the smoke cleared, they wound up owing me 2 cents! That shows you that Ibanez is producing some very low priced and high quality instruments.

Happy Holidays and let Santa be as good to you.

Dean Clark (aka Aleck Rand)


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