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#664785 - 07/19/21 04:47 AM [User Showcase] Blue Guitar
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Back to the blues for this one:

Blue Guitar

The Band:

2733:Piano, Acoustic, Rhythm BluesSlow128Mike Sw 065
2734:Organ, Rhythm BluesSlow128Mike Sw 065

Marty Straub: Bass
Dave Bell: Guitars and Vocal

I used EZDrummer2 for the drums

Mixed in Reaper, mastered with Ozone9

Blue Guitar (2021, Dave Bell and Marty Straub)

When you're feeling sad, oh so blue,
and there's nothing, that you can do.
It seems the walls, sometimes,
are closing in on you.
Here's what I'll do.
I'll play a song for you, on my blue guitar.

When you lose your way, down and out
And there's nothing, only doubt
you need a hand to grab, to pull you through.
Here's what I'll do ....

Music can show you the way
It can lift you up when sky's seem gray
no matter how you feel, music, it can heal
Music can show you the way


All comments welcome!

Edit: A few people mentioned the vocal was too low so I bumped it up and uploaded a new mix. Of course Marty and Chris have been telling me all along that it should be louder wink
It's very difficult for me to mix my own vocal, I'm very new to singing and I'm not used to hearing myself sing sick sick sick


Edited by BlueAttitude (07/21/21 04:43 AM)

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#664798 - 07/19/21 07:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave,
Such a pretty tone on that guitar and cool fx too.
Really ear tickling choice of riffs - beautiful playing.

Josie

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#664799 - 07/19/21 07:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Marty,

SMOKIN'!!!!

Very COOL Blues song!

All the parts are excellent.
Marty's Buttery Bass!! Love it!
Dave's guitars are goosebumpily!!! Some of your best!
Drums sound Great!!

Super Cool Vocal! Smokey. Bluesy.

Awesome Blues.

fj

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#664802 - 07/19/21 07:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Marty,

This is absolutely on fire! The playing, mix and production are excellent.

The vocal is off the charts. Dave, you really know how to cook with a slow simmer...

Loved it!

Bob

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#664804 - 07/19/21 07:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi, Dave and Marty !

Such an impressive
tune with the bluest sound
imaginable ! I am awed !


Cheers
Dani

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#664856 - 07/19/21 01:00 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Great job guys smoking guitar work and excellent bass awesome vocal love them drums really sweet!!!another great colab thanks for sharing Eric
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#664879 - 07/19/21 03:47 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Dave & Marty,

SMOKIN'!!!!

Very COOL Blues song!

All the parts are excellent.
Marty's Buttery Bass!! Love it!
Dave's guitars are goosebumpily!!! Some of your best!
Drums sound Great!!

Super Cool Vocal! Smokey. Bluesy.

Awesome Blues.

EXACTLY!!!! I would add that Dave's vocal is excellent!!! Could be a bit louder in the mix........you nailed it Dave!!
An excellent blues offering guys......played to perfection!!! Take care. Greg

fj

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#664881 - 07/19/21 03:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave & Marty

That "blue guitar" sure played some tasty licks on that track.

Really nice work on guitar bass & vocals. A very enjoyable blues tune (liked the change in the bridge).

Excellent (no surprise there).

Peter

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#664884 - 07/19/21 04:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Great guitar opening.

This is one of the best and hottest guitar playing on your songs.

Vocal fits perfectly with the song.

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#664900 - 07/19/21 06:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: Sundance]
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Originally Posted By: Sundance
Dave,
Such a pretty tone on that guitar and cool fx too.
Really ear tickling choice of riffs - beautiful playing.

Josie


Hey Josie,

Thanks for giving this a spin! And for the comments on the guitar. For me that is my voice, always wink

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#664930 - 07/20/21 12:21 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: floyd jane]
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Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Dave & Marty,

SMOKIN'!!!!

Very COOL Blues song!

All the parts are excellent.
Marty's Buttery Bass!! Love it!
Dave's guitars are goosebumpily!!! Some of your best!
Drums sound Great!!

Super Cool Vocal! Smokey. Bluesy.

Awesome Blues.

fj


Hi Floyd,

Man, you write the nicest reviews! Very much appreciated, thanks!

"goosebumpily", I like that! wink

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#664936 - 07/20/21 02:32 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Dave,

this is another proof of your fine guitar abilities - very, very nice ! Your solo playing in this one sure reminds me a lot of Gary Moore. Great great tone, man !

IMO you could have brought your vox a bit to the front - don't be shy laugh

Marty, you seem to have become the universsal bass man on this forum. And you know what: You deserve it! I DO LIKE YOUR STYLE.

Great collab, all the best guys,

Stefan

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#664949 - 07/20/21 04:55 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Ah, Dave, you know I'm a big fan of the songs you write and the guitar you mastered, but your voice is really starting to shine a brighter spotlight on all the talent you share. I've said this before, but all of the songs YOU sing seem to play over and over again in my head long after listening to them. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.
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#664957 - 07/20/21 05:41 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave and Marty,

A great Blues song! In every perspective!
In all these posts above mine I read the same and no wonder.
As with most of your songs this one has such a pleasant vibe that brings me in a very, very good mood (I don't go into details) while I listen to it over and over again. That is what this song does to me.
But beside the fantasic ban, Marty and his bass and your beautiful leadguitar, I want to say one or two thing about your vocals;
They are really very good. smokey, mysterious and nicely dark. You said you like my voice, well I like your too!
I have a little hesitation about my second point, but I do say it; I wished them a bit louder in the mix. Especially at the start of the singing.

On a scale of 1 to 10, you and Marty earn at least 15 points, so hats off!

Hans
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#664986 - 07/20/21 08:14 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Super stuff Dave! That soft vocal is perfect for this minor chord based blues tune! This is masterfully put together! The searing tone of that axe is sweet! Marty is holding down the bottom is excellent fashion(again)! GREAT song! Thanks, Torrey
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#664993 - 07/20/21 08:38 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave,

This is my kinda music:

Song - good - reminds me a little of "I'll Play The Blues For You"

Lead Guitar excellent - great tone and lovely playing.

Vocals - yes suitably growly tone but too low in the mix. I could barely make out any lyrics except in a few places. The vocalist is the key to any song - I would have the vocals at the same level as the lead guitar.

Mix and backing instruments - excellent.

I'd like to hear a remix (just a tweak in Reaper) and more of this type of music.

Best Regards
Nigel
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#665066 - 07/21/21 01:04 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: dani48]
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Originally Posted By: rsdean
Dave & Marty,

This is absolutely on fire! The playing, mix and production are excellent.

The vocal is off the charts. Dave, you really know how to cook with a slow simmer...

Loved it!

Bob


Very kind of you, thanks, Bob!

Originally Posted By: dani48
Hi, Dave and Marty !

Such an impressive
tune with the bluest sound
imaginable ! I am awed !

Cheers
Dani


Thanks for giving this a spin, Dani!

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#665083 - 07/21/21 07:51 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave,

I just took a listen to the remix. Yes vocals are now at a much better level.

The first verse vocals are still a touch low but in Verse Two and the First Chorus they are now at a perfect level.

Excellent work - more Blues please.

Best Regards
Nigel
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#665085 - 07/21/21 08:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Music is truly a healer, listening, playing or writing songs - works in many ways. This song delivers that message very well, in the lyrics, in the playing, in the vocals. Nice warm arrangement, clear mix and relaxed guitar playing. Enjoyed the mood.

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#665103 - 07/21/21 10:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Blue Guitar [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Had a listen to this the other day. Very cool tune. Love your vocals. As always perfect guitar work and tone for the song. Martys bass lines were superb. Well done guys. Radio ready tune....

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