A HAPPY TUNE

Posted by: sixchannel

A HAPPY TUNE - 02/13/14 03:10 PM

Sorry I havent been able to post an own Composition since Waltz For Chloe. Still been busy doing a few “covers” which are pretty much verbotten on here.
Here's a Poppy little bit of guitar Nonsense. Nothing fancy – just me and my RealTracksBand having some Fun. Not a single “fancy” chord in it. I love the K.I.S.S. System.
I wanted something cheerful to take my mind off our Son and family emigrating to their new life in Australia on Feb 21st.
Written in BB and exported to my old Cakewalk DAW as individual wavs for further action – like mixing, mastering etc. It all ends a bit “immediate” and I dont know why but what the Heck!! lol !!

A HAPPY TUNE

****** Song Summary *************
Title: A HAPPY TUNE
File:HAPPY TUNE.SGU
Key=C , Tempo 165, Length (m:s)=2:57
No intro. 118 bar chorus, from bar 1 to bar 118. Repeat x1 chorus
No Melody
No Soloist track.
Song is saved with Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Bank0,
Song is saved with bar changes for Volume Changes,
Style is =IANHAPP.STY ()

RealTracks in style: ~683:Bass, Electric, PopHalfNotesPush Ev 120
RealTracks in style: ~407:Guitar, Acoustic, Fingerpicking Ev 165
RealTracks in style: ~524:Guitar, Acoustic, Strumming Ev 165
RealTracks in style: 1278:Synth Pad, PopUplift Ev 120
RealTracks in style: 1752:Accordion, Rhythm Pop8ths Ev 110
RealTracks in style: 1259:Guitar, Electric, Rhythm PopShiningRockA-B Ev 120
RealDrums in style: RockTexas^6-a:HHtsyncKk, b:LooseHt4x4
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cheers
ian
Posted by: JoanneCooper

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/13/14 04:12 PM

Hi Ian
That is a very happy tune indeed! Well if that doesn't cheer one up then nothing will
Is that you on the guitar or is it also a real track?
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/13/14 04:17 PM

Hi Jo
Thanks for listening and your kind comment.
The lead guitar is me playing my Stratocaster.Everything else is RT and RD.
Cheers
Ian
Posted by: cubanpete

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/13/14 05:24 PM

Hi Ian, the tune it's happy alright! Nice playing and very good mix.
Regards

Mike B.
Posted by: dani48

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/13/14 06:45 PM

Hi, Ian !:))
I love this tune, your playing
and everything about it !:))
How Shadowslike !!!!!!!:))

Enjoying it really much !!:))

Cheers
Dani
Posted by: PgFantastic

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:02 AM

Excellent work, love the guitar solo, thanks for sharing!
Posted by: RichMac

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:28 AM

Hi ian
Nice and mellow. I hear shadows too. Like that bass also.- Cheers.
Posted by: VideoTrack

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:41 AM

Ian
Great vibe to the song, like the build at the start and the use of octaves between choruses.
The ending after the last chord seemed chopped of though and too abrupt.
Otherwise, nice

Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 06:15 AM

Originally Posted By: cubanpete
Hi Ian, the tune it's happy alright! Nice playing and very good mix.
Regards

Mike B.


Thanks Mike
Maybe the Accordion should be a tad louder and Synth a tad quieter, but what is mixed is mixed. Ipso Fatso!! Lol!
Ian
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 06:18 AM

Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Ian !:))
I love this tune, your playing
and everything about it !:))
How Shadowslike !!!!!!!:))

Enjoying it really much !!:))

Cheers
Dani


Not as good a compo as your "Cherokees" but i'm getting there.
Cheers
Ian
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 06:21 AM

Originally Posted By: RichMac
Hi ian
Nice and mellow. I hear shadows too. Like that bass also.- Cheers.


Good to hear from you. Hope all is good with you and Shirley.
As you know, I'm a big Shadows fan.
That Bass line came straight out of BB. Ready made. Awesome!
Cheers
Ian
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 06:23 AM

Originally Posted By: PgFantastic
Excellent work, love the guitar solo, thanks for sharing!


Thank you. Solo line is quite easy to play SLOWLY but at 165bpm was as fast as I dare record it at. Lol!!
Cheers
Ian
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 06:29 AM

Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Ian
Great vibe to the song, like the build at the start and the use of octaves between choruses.
The ending after the last chord seemed chopped of though and too abrupt.
Otherwise, nice



Hi VT
Thanks for the Crit.
Staggering the instruments in for the opening 4 bars was intentional and worked quite well.
I did comment in my Header about the ending being abrupt. Can't get it to decay out on the last chord like I expected it to. Maybe its because I have made the Style myself so doesn't contain any info in the STY as to how it should carry through the last chord. Any ideas?
Cheers
Ian
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 09:41 AM

Fine picking, arrangement and mix. Who needs fancy chords?!

I really like this song. A lot. Regarding the decay at the end, FWIW, I found that if I'm using repeated choruses with an outro the RTs do not fade BUT if I convert everything to one long chorus then the RTs behave. I'm sure you know... but there is an option to convert.
Posted by: boehm

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 10:53 AM

Hi Ian,

nice picking and varied arrangement.
A 'feel good' song. Good to start
the day with.

Guenter
Posted by: ROG

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 11:40 AM

Hi Ian.

Loved all of it, right from the opening bar.

Lovely sound from the strat and a clever bit of palm damping in the middle.

Chord sequence works really well and the whole piece has, as you say, a happy feel to it. Great choice of instrumentation and a pro mix.

Oh, and give that bass player a bonus!

ROG.
Posted by: tommyad

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:02 PM

Ian, I really liked your playing and the way you changed pickup settings. The muting really worked well. Great melody. The mix sounded good. Nicely done. Tom
Posted by: Don Gaynor

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:11 PM

Ian, I definitely hear "The Shads" in it. May I share it with my friend, Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame? I agree with ROG on the palm mute. Perfectly executed.

Thanks for the "ear candy".
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Janice & Bud
Fine picking, arrangement and mix. Who needs fancy chords?!

I really like this song. A lot. Regarding the decay at the end, FWIW, I found that if I'm using repeated choruses with an outro the RTs do not fade BUT if I convert everything to one long chorus then the RTs behave. I'm sure you know... but there is an option to convert.


Hi Janice & Bud
Glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to put together. If ever I form a Band, an Accordion is going to be right in there.
I usually set my BB as one long chorus anyway so it's not that. Maybe I should have tried D... At the end. Its a bit of a crash stop at the end but with a bit of luck, the audience won't notice! Lol
Cheers
Ian
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:15 PM

Hi Guenter
Start the day with a smile and it lasts the whole day long.
Glad you liked it.
Ian
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:18 PM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Ian.

Loved all of it, right from the opening bar.

Lovely sound from the strat and a clever bit of palm damping in the middle.

Chord sequence works really well and the whole piece has, as you say, a happy feel to it. Great choice of instrumentation and a pro mix.

Oh, and give that bass player a bonus!

ROG.


Hi ROG
it was fun to do from start to finish. That Bass Player worked really hard and I didn't even have to buy him a pint!! Result!!
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:20 PM

Originally Posted By: tommyad
Ian, I really liked your playing and the way you changed pickup settings. The muting really worked well. Great melody. The mix sounded good. Nicely done. Tom


Hi Tom
No pup change - I used neck+bridge throughout (special mod on my Strat) and just moved hand position forward or back.
Glad you liked it.
Cheers
Ian
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 12:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Don Gaynor
Ian, I definitely hear "The Shads" in it. May I share it with my friend, Nokie Edwards of Ventures fame? I agree with ROG on the palm mute. Perfectly executed.

Thanks for the "ear candy".


Hi Don
I guess a bit of Shads will be in here as I am a big fan.
The palm muting is a very "Shadows" thing. Lol
Fine to let Nokie hear it.
Cheers
Ian
Posted by: Don Gaynor

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 03:45 PM

It's a done deal, Ian. I emailed the link to Nokie.

Unfortunately, the timing is terrible because his 86 y/o mum-in-law is in hospital and doing poorly. I think music is far from their minds right now.

I think he's coming home this weekend.
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 04:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Don Gaynor
It's a done deal, Ian. I emailed the link to Nokie.

Unfortunately, the timing is terrible because his 86 y/o mum-in-law is in hospital and doing poorly. I think music is far from their minds right now.

I think he's coming home this weekend.


Don, We shall be thinking of her in our prayers.
Best regards
Ian and Val
Posted by: Don Gaynor

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 05:14 PM

So appreciated Ian and Val. Thank you.
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/14/14 10:22 PM

Ian,

Fantastic! A truly enjoyable song to listen to. Beautiful, melodic playing - with nice variation in technique... A good mix. Love the pace of this... had me bouncing in my chair!

Nice.

floyd
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/15/14 06:02 AM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Ian,

Fantastic! A truly enjoyable song to listen to. Beautiful, melodic playing - with nice variation in technique... A good mix. Love the pace of this... had me bouncing in my chair!

Nice.

floyd


Hi Floyd
thank you for taking the time to listen and for your humbling comments. Its just a Pop Noodle really but fun to play.
At 165bpm it would have ANYTHING bouncing! grin
I took a leaf out of the "FJ Book of Music" and took time to audition a few instruments for the backing, especially the drums. Must have run a dozen or more before I dropped on the RockTexas big sloshy hi-hat sound. Reminds me of the "Mad Drummer" videos on YT. And no apologies for including that Accordion again. Its a super RT.
Our granddaughter Freya rocks around to this as only a 2.1/2 year old can. Fun to watch.
thanks
Ian
Posted by: Scott C

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/15/14 08:29 AM

Cool song. Loved the guitar. Very neat tone. Excellent playing
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/15/14 11:34 AM

Hi Scott
thanks for the feedback. The tone is via one of the secret weapons on my Strat - a pull pot for Neck+Bridge selection.
Glad you liked it.
cheers
ian
Posted by: Noel96

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/15/14 08:49 PM

Hey Ian,

Wow! Even my computer monitor was rocking along with this one. The melody and its arrangement are awesome, and your playing is spectacular. I'd love to hear some words to this.

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: gibson

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/16/14 05:35 AM

Ian,

I should have dug out my old black horn rim glasses as I listened to that. Or posed with my tennis racket doing the Shadow's walk, in front of the mirror ...as I used to do as a kid!
And as a comment I quote, from memory, my favourite Shadows song.

"I say what a lovely tune, wonder who wrote it?"

A modern blast from the past

Alyn
Posted by: Steve Mac

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/16/14 05:58 AM

great stuff its like swinging with Hank and the Shadows
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/16/14 06:20 AM

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hey Ian,

Wow! Even my computer monitor was rocking along with this one. The melody and its arrangement are awesome, and your playing is spectacular. I'd love to hear some words to this.

All the best,
Noel


Hi Noel
Glad it rocked you. Lol
I blame BB for the arrangement - that RockTexas RD and the Accordion going at 165bpm just seemed kind of right.
Words? Oh no - you don't want to hear me sing. Trust me!
In my band days they used to put me on at 11pm (drinking up time in those days) so the Landlord could get the punters out. Lol! grin
Cheers
Ian
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/16/14 06:41 AM

Originally Posted By: Steve Mac
great stuff its like swinging with Hank and the Shadows


Hi Steve
That s the general idea but I don't think they ever had an accordion in the group. Lol!
So glad you enjoyed it.
Cheers
Ian
Just checked your website. Superb music.
If ever you need a Hank Marvin tribute act - - - -
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/16/14 09:02 AM

Originally Posted By: gibson
Ian,

I should have dug out my old black horn rim glasses as I listened to that. Or posed with my tennis racket doing the Shadow's walk, in front of the mirror ...as I used to do as a kid!
And as a comment I quote, from memory, my favourite Shadows song.

"I say what a lovely tune, wonder who wrote it?"

A modern blast from the past

Alyn


Hi Alyn
Playing "The Shadows" - The most fun you can have with your glasses on! Been playing their stuff for 50 yrs now. You'd think I could get the Walk right by now.
I guess it has that Shads spirit.
"I say, what a lovely tune. I wonder who wrote it?"comes from Brian Bennett who says it in a lugubrious voice at the end of that tune, which was flip side of "Guitar Tango"in 1962.
Total Anorak!!! Lol!
Cheers
Ia
Posted by: Steve Young

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/16/14 07:27 PM

Ian,

A really fun tune. Happy indeed! Very nice. I like it a lot!

Steve
Posted by: sixchannel

Re: A HAPPY TUNE - 02/17/14 01:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Ian,

A really fun tune. Happy indeed! Very nice. I like it a lot!

Steve


Hi Steve
Thank you for your kind words.
We all need to be happy.
I hope that you are doing OK health wise and that you are in work.
Cheers
Ian