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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2019, 03:53:53 pm »
Ha ha, campfire strumming! It would have been cool if you'd built a campfire outside, then done your recording there.  I've never seen that done before.  But to me, you did a great job.  Your voice sounds great, and the overall package came out very nice.  I totally know what you mean about getting stage fright when you push that Record button.  It's weird, because there's nobody there but you, and still it happens.

LOL ... well that would be something, Sunjamr, but more of a challenge to setup the mic, AI, DAW etc

I think for me, every time I step outside my comfort zone (irrespective of how well I am performing in that comfort zone) then the anxiety spikes again.  But my experience is that soon enough that which is causing anxiety soon becomes the new comfort zone ... still irrespective of the quality of the performance :)

And in general, just knowing that I am recording and I want to play as well as I can, adds extra pressure.  And given the reason for the recordings ... fun and to share with the Community to check progress and get feedback and encouragement ... that is not rational.  Suppose that is us as people ... often not rational :)

Really nice to see you play David. I think it was the first time I saw a video of you playing.

The good: Very confident strumming and fretting. Never looked down on your fretting or strumming hand. Tempo was really good. Guitar sounds really good. Singing was solid and in tune.

To work on to improve the performance: Some more dynamics in the playing and the singing, it sounded quite the same throghout the song. Learn the lyrics inside and out, so you can sing more freely and with more feel and dynamics (well that's easy to say but hard to do ...)

Overall really solid, well done David! Some more videos please!

Thanks, Johan, you are correct.  I have previously shared a couple of noodle videos and once something recorded by a work colleague.  But this was the first attempt to capture video of me recording for purposes of sharing with the Community. 

Fair to say people like yourself, Tosh and Hilts to mention a few regular posters of video performances that spring to mind inspired me to give this a go.  Was ever so stressful but glad I did it.  And for sure there'll be more to come, since it wasn't too much extra effort to make the video in the way I did it.

Thanks for the positive feedbacks.  On the guitar tone, I think using the mics, AI and doing some work in the DAW after recording does make a difference to the sound quality.

Appreciate the encouragement to focus on continuing to improve.  As you say, this is the long term goal.  Singing is a bit of a best effort and I confess I envy the smooth way you all seem to be able to get your phrasing to match the playing.  I am getting better but still feels like a struggle.  At least I can maintain the rhythm and tempo more evenly and consistently now :)

Still a long way to go to be performing with relaxed freedom, with more dynamics in playing and singing.  But the adventure is such fun :)

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2019, 04:57:25 pm »
Awesome! Great work David.

You seem to have nailed Hungry Heart, but if you want to learn some more Bruce, there's a guy who has a Youtube channel specialising in teaching Springsteen songs.

Cheers,

Keith
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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2019, 08:13:26 pm »
Awesome! Great work David.

You seem to have nailed Hungry Heart, but if you want to learn some more Bruce, there's a guy who has a Youtube channel specialising in teaching Springsteen songs.

Cheers,

Keith

Thanks very much, Keith. Appreciate the comments and will took a look at the YT Channel. Some mlre lf The Boss would work for me.

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2019, 11:00:55 am »
Hi David, great performance, I really liked the vocals,
the guitar also sounds great.

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2019, 11:27:51 am »
Hi David, great performance, I really liked the vocals,
the guitar also sounds great.

Mike

Thanks very much, Mike, appreciate the encouraging feedback.

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2019, 06:46:58 pm »
David, you asked to the good, the bad and the ugly.  So here goes.  I'll start with the good.  Nice to see you perform; looked pretty relaxed and comfortable.  Guitar:  really solid and a nice sound.  The vocal:  Very confident and pleasant to listen to.  The bad:  Sorry, I didn't see or hear anything bad.  Nice job.

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2019, 07:56:04 pm »
David, you asked to the good, the bad and the ugly.  So here goes.  I'll start with the good.  Nice to see you perform; looked pretty relaxed and comfortable.  Guitar:  really solid and a nice sound.  The vocal:  Very confident and pleasant to listen to.  The bad:  Sorry, I didn't see or hear anything bad.  Nice job.

LoL Thanks for the encouraging comments,  Dave, much appreciated.

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2019, 09:57:22 am »
Well done David- both on the playing/performing front as well as taking the bull by the horns and sharing the video.
It comes across as you do this all the time  ;)

I'm not really that fond of a lot of the boss' output, but have great respect for the guy and he did write some of my favourite songs (in particular Manfred Mann's cover of Spirits in the Night).

This rendition made me check out the chords for the River and save it to my 'to-do' list- So thanks! :)

If you are looking to push the boat out a little farther regarding exposing yourself, it can be quite liberating just to record visuals and audio in just one take and share without any post-production tweaks. (You know I'm talking from experience here!)
Look forward to see/hearing more.

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2019, 03:39:11 pm »
Very good, your guitar has a nice tone.
I think playing the song a few more times will help iron over any (minor) issues.
The only thing I thought would be to make the gap between the hu hu hungry and heart at the end of the chorus a little less (make hungry a bit longer so it finishes closer to the start of heart).
 

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2019, 05:12:39 pm »
Well done David- both on the playing/performing front as well as taking the bull by the horns and sharing the video.
It comes across as you do this all the time  ;)

I'm not really that fond of a lot of the boss' output, but have great respect for the guy and he did write some of my favourite songs (in particular Manfred Mann's cover of Spirits in the Night).

This rendition made me check out the chords for the River and save it to my 'to-do' list- So thanks! :)

If you are looking to push the boat out a little farther regarding exposing yourself, it can be quite liberating just to record visuals and audio in just one take and share without any post-production tweaks. (You know I'm talking from experience here!)
Look forward to see/hearing more.

Thanks very much for feedback, encouragement and general chat, Brian.

Firstly, curious about what you mean by post-production tweaks. This production didn't involve any editing, cutting and splicing. So a single take. What I did was apply Fx to guitar and vocal tracks (recording made with two mics) and then mix the levels.  The intention to make it sound as good as possible, but not fussing about the bits that ended up not necessarily being recorded as well as I have played them before.

As for The Boss, I love the early albums, talking about prior to Born in the USA. Also like that album other than the title track. Then I lost touch and the bits of albums I heard weren't great. I think some of more recent albums better.

And given the positive outcome of yhis experiment,  will continue to video my camp-fire style covers.

Very good, your guitar has a nice tone.
I think playing the song a few more times will help iron over any (minor) issues.
The only thing I thought would be to make the gap between the hu hu hungry and heart at the end of the chorus a little less (make hungry a bit longer so it finishes closer to the start of heart).
 

Thanks very much for encouragement and suggestion,  jono. Will keep at this one and eventually may record again.

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2019, 05:45:03 pm »
Firstly, curious about what you mean by post-production tweaks. This production didn't involve any editing, cutting and splicing. So a single take. What I did was apply Fx to guitar and vocal tracks (recording made with two mics) and then mix the levels.
Mea culpa- post-production tweaks is the wrong expression.
What I meant to say was that my journey started with just pointing the phone and click record, cut off the bits at each end and upload. I've recently started making separate vocal/guitar recordings and mixing, which is good fun, but a different skill-set and much more time-consuming.
 
I'm also aware that even if it sounds better, in my case, no one will actually listen to it for musical pleasure, so I wonder why I want it to sound as good as I can get it?
I think I have posted more on this site (and consequently learned more) than I would have expected, partly because I set the bar quite low.
The good folks on the forum are very tolerant and always encouraging!
Anyway, your progress and continued enthusiasm are testament that you are on the right path-
so rock on!  8)

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2019, 09:13:53 pm »
Mea culpa- post-production tweaks is the wrong expression.
What I meant to say was that my journey started with just pointing the phone and click record, cut off the bits at each end and upload. I've recently started making separate vocal/guitar recordings and mixing, which is good fun, but a different skill-set and much more time-consuming.
 
I'm also aware that even if it sounds better, in my case, no one will actually listen to it for musical pleasure, so I wonder why I want it to sound as good as I can get it?
I think I have posted more on this site (and consequently learned more) than I would have expected, partly because I set the bar quite low.
The good folks on the forum are very tolerant and always encouraging!
Anyway, your progress and continued enthusiasm are testament that you are on the right path-
so rock on!  8)

Gotcha Brian.

I guess this recording is kind of a variation of what you describe.  I am tracking vocal and guitar separately but at the same time.Not sure why I never opted for just using the phone or tablet in the early days, got straight into the simple home studio audio recording approach.  But glad I did as I am really enjoying the recording and mixing side of music. It takes time but I treat it as a fun part of the hobby.

I think maybe if my singing was better in its untrained, natural state ... more like your level ... then I'd be inclined to spend more time on the vocal side of things.

Thanks for the encouragement and must say listening to you is always a pleasure.

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2019, 12:27:16 am »
Great Job David ! Timing on some sentences could be a bit improved, but hey man, it's live performance, you did great, and got back on your feet !
The camera is a good thing for working (even my singing teacher encourage us to do so), it's like someone is watching you, so it's a a little more stressful. I encourage you to do this again, and you'll see you'll grow confidence in yourself !

Thanks for sharing

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2019, 08:26:37 am »
Great Job David ! Timing on some sentences could be a bit improved, but hey man, it's live performance, you did great, and got back on your feet !
The camera is a good thing for working (even my singing teacher encourage us to do so), it's like someone is watching you, so it's a a little more stressful. I encourage you to do this again, and you'll see you'll grow confidence in yourself !

Thanks for sharing

Appreciate you listening and the encouraging comments, Kevin.

You have called it spot on ... I did find it more stressful and my thinking is that doing my covers to showcase learning and improvement this way will be positive to my development.  Given the success of the experiment, particularly from a technical perspective i.e. can I pull off the recording the video and replacing the video audio with the audio I recorded via my AI and processed in my DAW as well as how much extra effort is involved, I will continue with this approach.

And from a role model/aspiration perspective, I have your video of the acoustic performance of the Elton John song and Max's videos in mind ... that is the quality of performance I am wanting to achieve in time.

And however much time it may take is neither here nor there for me, since I am pleased with how I am progressing and most importantly enjoying the adventure.

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Re: Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2019, 11:02:55 am »
Appreciate you listening and the encouraging comments, Kevin.

And from a role model/aspiration perspective, I have your video of the acoustic performance of the Elton John song and Max's videos in mind ... that is the quality of performance I am wanting to achieve in time.

And however much time it may take is neither here nor there for me, since I am pleased with how I am progressing and most importantly enjoying the adventure.

Your last sentence is really powerful, this is the most important thing. Just enjoy, and everything will be even easier.
And thanks for the compliments. Max is really good at these acoustic performances indeed. I think should do some acoustic video too from time to time, it's good exercice for me too  ;)
 

 

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