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Inside Abbey Road might be the best thing I've ever seen on the Internet. Be sure to linger a while on the vintage microphones on display at stop 11/15. Every aspect of this entire presentation is wonderful. Thank you, Google!
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I first heard of Gold Motel playing "Rocksmith 2014" ("Brand New Kind of Blue") and I checked out this song and kind of liked it.  A while later I needed to pick a song to transcribe as part of my guitar lessons and thought this would be good since it wasn't a straight I-IV-V and had a few interesting chords.  Eventually I did the transcription and figured I might as well do a video of it.

I cheated a little for this video in that I later (after I transcribed it!) found an acoustic version of "These Sore Eyes" that showed a few chords that I suspect are different than the album version-- I kind of liked them so I used them (the add13 chords).
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Another classical piece from Fredrick Noad's book. -- still not super difficult but a little bit tougher with independent movement on the melody and the bass.  The rhythms are somewhat independent as well with some dotted notes thrown in as well.
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This is a song I always kind of liked but it took a while for me to realize it was by The Kinks. I thought it was originally by the Young Fresh Fellows (yeah, a bit obscure there).

I picked this song as an exercise to do transcription for my guitar lesson. It turns out it is kind of a weird song on that front. The song isn’t exactly in any key but “C” is probably reasonable. That was the first surprise. The whole song is a giant exercise in fourths. You start in E and then go A, D, G and the chorus goes into C and F.

It’s a fun song to record but since I didn’t want to cheat I originally had guessed that there were three guitars in this. When I put it together it sounded cramped and I threw out the electric 6-string and just covered some of its parts with the acoustic— that actually sounded pretty good. I tried putting snare on this but I’m just terrible on drums so ended up using Logic’s Manchester drum kit. The tambourine is me though— well, I sampled it and then put it in. It sounded better than the kit version.

All in all, I’m happy with the result. It’s got a few clams but it works alright.
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Argh!  Roll a die!  Tens of thousands of D&D playing nerds at work and we screw this up.  *hangs head in shame*
 
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Hanging out in the Upcountry and visited Surfing Goat. This kid is a day old.
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This is the mother of all hacks, the genius device that saved the Apollo XIII crew from dying in their emergency return to Earth, as photographed during that trip using one of their Hasselblad cameras. Here are the actual step-by-step instructions that helped turn this mission into NASA's most successful failure ever.
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So this was sort of a minor song for David Bowie, but obviously Nirvana made it fairly popular with the MTV Unplugged In New York concert.  In fact, I think Nirvana did a much better job with the song.  My version is mostly based on the Nirvana acoustic version although I used David Bowie’s lyrics and sort of went for more of his vocal sound.

This has a lot of guitar in it (well, technically just one guitar but I played lots of parts with it).  I kept going back and thinking— you know, I should add that part in and eventually ended up with a cut and paste version.  One thing I learned is why studio engineers write down the settings they used when they record.  I went back and had to fiddle quite a bit to match up some of the parts.  I think it turned out okay.

Oh, the guitar is tuned down a half step (Eb).

As for the playing— the hard part of this song is the strumming pattern.  It has both mute/ghost notes and open playing.  I think I got it pretty well here on the rhythm guitar part.  For the solo, I never noticed how “sanded” your fingers get on acoustic when you slide up-and-down 8-9 frets over and over.  My fingers got a little abused toward the end and sadly it shows a little bit.

For the acoustic runs in the chorus they turned out to be easier than I thought so I added them in.  I tried to find a good bass part for this but alas, the internet didn’t really have anything and I don’t think it really needed it.  Some drums would have been nice, though.

Vocal processing was pretty involved.  I EQ’ed down the low end (it didn’t do much), add Compression, Tape Delay (cheap version of ADT), Flanger, Reverb, and Stereo Spreader.  I have no idea what David Bowie did, but it seems in the ballpark.

I’m currently still working on learning to read standard notation (more classical but starting to get into independent bass and melody notes).  Also, just started “Johnny B. Goode” which seems like it is going to be a real tough one.
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