Here's a lighthearted Bossa with sopranino:
Yes, no outro. I'm just following the form of a collaborating guitarist's template and giving it a melodic line. Most of the tunes I'm doing are collaborations in which I'm providing the melodies/lead, but not the changes. Glad you liked it. Maybe I'll post a few more?Great feel and perfect vibe- did the ending stop abruptly?
Really nice production that's got the right balance of push and ease. Too easy for a track like this to become too laid back (smooth) or trying to be too pushy with overly technical solos. You've got a great natural sense of balance for your productions. The vocals work well in not being too forward and everything working together.Well I gave it a try singing and had a real hard time with my voice wavering all over - just really out of shape. I tried doubling two vocal takes and I'm not sure if that makes it worse or if it helps hide the flaws. I was only able to sing one verse and I'll have to rest my voice a bit - but I think if I start singing every day it might come back. 40-50 years ago I was singing 5 sets a night 6 nights a week but I haven't sung much at all in the past 30 years. It was fun to pull the flute out too.
Here's a sampler taste of the tune. Or is that wrong of me to show the work in progress -- should I wait until I have it finished? I'm hoping by showing the work in progress I might get some suggestions about where to go with it. The expected form is the 2nd verse will come right where this little sample fades out and then a short solo (probably Tenor Sax?) and chorus out.
Note: Você é Gata --- someone was telling me that this is Portuguese for "You're a Cat" but that it's used in Brazil to mean "You're so Sexy". I don't know for sure if that's true and I'm certain I'm not pronouncing it right.
Very cool! Excellent arrangement and use of synth. Your flute work is really lovely. A minor comment: The sax sounds further forward and "drier" than the flutes and to my way of hearing the flute has more of a lead in this.This breaks my own rule a little! .This is my arrangement (vs. an original) of “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts. I made it awhile back during record-breaking cold just after a blizzard in Maine (it was therapeutic!) and attached a pic of a summer day playing a gig in Castine,Maine on my website.I play saxophone, flute and synths I used the Partido Alto groove for the verses. The partido alto groove was very difficult to play my melody with for some reason and I'm not entirely happy with it because it seems kind of choppy or something, but no matter how I tried to do it differently it just didn't seem to improve it, but it does contrast with the other section that used a more traditional dry swing drum loop.
I'm working on an original Rumba though so stay tuned!
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Sounds: The verse uses Partido Alto loops/samples from Celso Alberti, fretless bass, jazz guitar and Rhodes. In the second verse I use a new device called Humana in the DAW I use (Reason) which has great samples of the human voice. The last verses are solos- first tenor, then synth (Rhodes put through a polyphonic arpeggiator), and finally flute for the outro. The chorus has a more traditional dry swing drum loop, a “low simple sub” bass, a guitar sound called “Vollenweiderustica” and a synth called “Shoals”. The contrasting, more tranquil sounds in the bridge are synths called “Ambient Bamboo” and “Cinematic Justice”. The Rhodes accompanies, and there is an Udu sample.
Good that you're open to comments, however I'd be happy to hear this all as your vision rather than a composition by committee. You've got a good musical vision and all the ingredients seem classy and refined. OK, the voice isn't perfect, maybe easier if put into a lower key? Leads and fills should be your choice. Repeated lyrics a problem? Not to most pop stars who've raked in the $$ with a lots less musically or lyrically happening. Most amusing having a musical serial.In case there is interest in me posting the progress on this tune as I build it up - I re-sang the vocals this morning and added the second verse. I'm still out of shape but if feels like it'll come back if I practice a little every day for a few months/years
I've got the bridge chord progression and then vamp out on the chorus (tomorrow when my voice has recovered enough to sing the outro).
I've got lots of questions about how to build this tune if you guys feel like weighing in:
I'm thinking Tenor Sax for the solo?
I added some echo to the flute - too much?
When I sing the outro (just chorus repeating over and over) should I overlay flute or sax with the vocals? And how polite do I need to be? Seems like I can intrude over the vocals a bit more with a horn or flute since it's just repeating the same lyrics over and over - thoughts on that?
Occasionally I drop into an Arabic tonality on a flute fills - is that off putting, out of character too much or does it work?
Really nice "classic" approach with an excellent orchestration. Good melodic ideas throughout.Here's a piece for concert band called summer breeze in modest cuban/bossa style. It's the last of my 4 movement piece "4 winds" - and I could thankfully link two of them in the odd meter OOTM.
The sounds are sibelius/noteperformer. I wrote this for a composition contest for junior concert band, which I did not win But without the contest I wouldn't have invested the time and work and I learned a lot on the way. So if you run a ensemble like this - drop me a line and I'd be glad to send the parts.
All the best!
Sorry to have not made it clear the comments were about your track. I'm old and a little chunky, so may need to take the bra advice soon. For what little it may be worth I'm one of those oddballs that prefer to play the bottom of the horn. A slightly softer reed helps, but then you sacrifice some of the edge for the high notes. I also use the Hartmann fiberreeds, so not often changing reeds and when I do they are the same without a "break in" period. That's not the case for all synthetics e.g. Légère.Hello- I think you're talking to me- yes my low notes are killing me with frustration at the moment. I had a fairly new reed, and a few days of playing on it it was much better actually, but by that time I didn't want to record it again. I just wish someone would invent the perfect reed/MP/lig combo and could fit it to the person- like when you buy a bra!
A really lovely flowing composition. All components excellent except the timing on the synth keys is slightly off. May due to latency? Everything else spot on. The sax has perfect timing/feel.https://soundcloud.com/kurt-soderquist%2Fbrazilian-breeze
Just finished this one. Piano and vibes are my midi guitar.
Yea, just the piano. I thought the strings worked well.Thanks Roundmidnite and whamtoncourt. Whamtoncourt are you talking about the strings or the piano. I do think the piano sounds a little stiff, maybe needs a little tweak. The strings I wasn't trying to be super on the beat.