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001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:59:27 pm »
Dear Justin & Forum folks, here is my first entry to the contest.
First, I would like to introduce myself: I'm Davide, italian, 40yo, guitar enthusiast but still not a great performer =). 
I recorded this song "Controvento" ("Upwind" in english) during this season holidays.
You can check it here https://soundcloud.com/davethewave1977/controvento-reload
[Now the link should work]  ;)
Guitar part is relatively easy (for me); tuned in drop D, the turnaround is something around G5 A5 D5 C5... slightly inspired to ZZ-Top
The text is almost non-sense, no need to translate. It ends with a joke about doing something upwind... =)

Let me know what you think about, I'll be glad to hear from you, critics and - maybe - praises.

I played guitar, bass and sang the song. The drummer is Kyle from Garageband =)

The gear I used is:
- Fender Telecaster "American special"
- Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus outfit
- Harley Benton Uke bass
- several guitar pedals - including EHX Soul Food for guit solo
- Laney VC15 amplifier
- T.Bone MB85Beta dynamic mic
- Behringer C1 condenser mic
- Behringer UMHC404HD sound interface
- GarageBand on MacBook Air

thanks Justin for this opportunity to share our music!
cheers, Davide
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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2018, 09:16:15 pm »
Hi Davide, and welcome to the Forum. You need to do 5 posts before you can post a link, so check out https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=29431.0 and post a couple of 1 word posts there to get up to the 5 count, then you will be able to post a link to the song.

Anyway, the track is very cool, nicely put together. The reload version is a bit heavy for my usual taste in music but I do like the posted track, great rocking. It's well played and the vocals sound good too. Nice one, especially as your first post here :)

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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2018, 09:24:26 pm »
Hello Dave, welcome to the forum.
Cool track.
This link should work:
https://m.soundcloud.com/davethewave1977/controvento

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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2018, 09:32:04 pm »
I enjoyed that - the fact that the words may - or not - be nonsense is irrelevant.

I certainly heard the ZZ Top influence but I think there's something else there too.

Thank you for posting.
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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 09:05:21 am »
Welcome, Davide!
Good job on this one, good old rock ;)
I could understand the lyrics and I agree they make little sense hah! Very cool though.

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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 02:28:35 pm »
Hello Dave, welcome to the forum.
https://m.soundcloud.com/davethewave1977/controvento
Thanks Justin, I modified the original post.
the correct link is https://m.soundcloud.com/davethewave1977/controvento-reload =)

Thanks Justin, Mr Bumble, Fox Cunning, EmbiShop for commenting =)
cheers Davide
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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 08:12:09 am »
Welcome to the JG Community, David.

Excellent production ... really good work on every aspect ... composition, arrangement, recording and mixing.  Most enjoyable.

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2018, 01:00:39 am »
Davide,
Excellent job on the production side - all the different parts fit together really well. Is it your own composition?
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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 04:17:09 am »
Great production on an excellent song. Wish I understood your lyrics. Good job and welcome to the forum.

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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 05:55:47 pm »
Thanks Kontenda, Fourtwo and DavidP for your kind words =)
yes, the production is all mine, music, lyrics and instrument playing (except for the drummer that is programmed in garageband).
the lyrics are indeed very odd, and they are chosen more for the sound that for the meaning... =)
as an example, the translation of a verse is "I don't cook aubergines, I prefer to make it strange" or in the turnaround "I am like a bear, the Earth spins, so do I"
kind of a joke  ;)
cheers, and thank you all
D
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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2018, 07:41:51 pm »
Hey Davide, great track it really rocks!!!
Interesting to see you’re using a Uke bass, I’m working on the same thing, mine is a Makala (with those white Aquila thundergut strings), it’s great fun to be playing a bass rather than use an octaver on guitar, much more feel to it!!!
My singing sucks so I’m learning Guitar and Ukulele, it’s fun 🌟

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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2018, 10:54:11 am »
it’s great fun to be playing a bass rather than use an octaver on guitar, much more feel to it!!!
you're right man! Uke bass is funtastic! - although the output of my uke pickup is really low and I have to pump  the signal up so hard...
thanks for your appreciation!
cheers, D
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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2018, 06:15:57 pm »
I love this. Really cool. Your singing sounds awesome. Groovy guitar. Yeah, that's a keeper.

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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2018, 04:45:13 pm »
Fun song, Davide!  I enjoyed it all the way through--nice production, playing, singing.  Hope to see you posting in the future.

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Re: 001 2018 "Controvento" - my entry for 2018 contest
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2018, 09:28:11 am »
You've composed & recorded a rocking song here Dave, really cool.
It's got good energy and bounce from the start.
The layered vocals work really well to lift key parts of the lyric.
The lead guitar parts make me think of Noel Gallagher is some Oasis songs ... there's nothing particularly flashy going on but they're not meant to be and they do work in context.
For critique ... some technical work ... you could improve your string bending by hitting the target note more clearly and adding some vibrato.
Good job.
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