I had this tune (for the rhythm) in my head and recorded a few notes in GarageBand. Then realised my opening sounded like Pachelbel’s Canon! Except I’d recorded in “C” key rather than “D”.
Not that I played it like how this guy did it. My background melody was closer to the original classical composition Canon in D opening melody.
Maybe you won’t notice it, ‘cos it’s quite subtle. I didn’t intentionally model this song after Pachelbel’s. Once my song starts, it’s nothing like the classical piece. What I wanted was to compose a soothing and relaxing guitar instrumental piece. Here goes: “I Wonder (2008)”
Listen/ download the higher quality versions at ARCHIVE.ORG
I recorded the Grand Piano track first, followed by the Orchestra Strings (using GarageBand built-in instruments). The drums was modified from the “Relaxed Drum Groove” loop. Then the “live” guitars.
There’s only two guitar effects for this song: “West Coast Wah” and the “Thick Jazz” default effects (manual Gate and Visual Equaliser adjustments).
I decided on the West Coast Wah effect after toying with other electric lead/ amp effects. Decided that the default Wah gave the song a fitting relaxed groove. I didn’t layer the guitar tracks too much or try to shred, since the Wah effect would give that sort of (what I’d call) “tonal complexity” to the song.
I tweaked the measures and moved some “bars” around. Then I added one more Orchestral String layer (for the break). Finally added the “live” bass.
OK, if you liked this song, feel free to leave a comment. 🙂
Ah, enough idle musing. Listen to the song instead.
Warning: It’s loud!
“TWILIGHT (2008)”Listen/ download the higher quality versions at ARCHIVE.ORG
[Update: A sample of the basic harp/ celtic flute melody can be downloaded at CCmixter.org]
Adrian heard the draft version and said it was little noisy at some parts. So I lowered the distortion levels. He also said a bass would give the song some “backbone”, so I did what I could with my limited bass guitar skills.
I like this song.
Hope you enjoy it too. Let me know what you think of it.