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🏝Monthly Recording Challenge 77- Places or Locations 🏔🗽🗼

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🏰🎡Hello Everyone!🏜🛤

This months Recording Challenge comes from Freewill, it is "Places or Locations".

Freewill said "Songs that would obviously fit would be "America The Beautiful", "Back in the USSR", etc. "

You can also interpret this more loosely for songs including the word "home" like "My Hometown" or the word "place" like "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place" or "A Place in Your Heart"

I look forward to hearing your recordings.

1) Wim VD1 playing "St. James Infirmary "

2) Watson43 playing "Up on the roof"

3) Simira playing "Havanah"

 

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OMG - that is exactly what I was going to suggest.  Will try my hardest to present a recording this month😲😃

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"I was down to St. James infirmary,..."

This one is from Cab Calloway, in an arrangement I found at ActiveMelody.com.

I listened to Earl Hines' version many times before recording this and tried to get a bit closer to his piano style by playing this fingerstyle.

Wim.

 

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Wow, @Wim VD1! I love that song, and you did a great version. How cool that you are now thinking about the style and arrangement as well as the music and even interpreting piano style for guitar. You are an artist man!

Ian

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Nice one, Wim, I can see Cab Calloway in my mind!

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@Wim VD1 that was superb, your skill at transposing a piano song to guitar is tremendous!😎👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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Thanks, @matonanjin, @IanD, @Fretless and @Nutty 1.

Mandy, I only deserve part of the credits for transposing. The ActiveMelody arrangement was a flatpicking version for guitar. I did change it to fingerstyle and added arpeggio's and some extra notes to mimic that rolling piano feel.

To me, fingerstyle is a bit like playing piano on guitar.

Wim.

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Once again Wim, Yowser!  Sweet stuff on a classic tune. Loved it.

Greg

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Fantastic Wim.  Thank you so much for sharing 😊

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I've been out of touch for a while, and I was hard pressed to come up with a song about a place or location.  But then I thought: wait a minute, "the roof" is a place, so how about this one?  It's done in the style of James Taylor.

 

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Thank you for letting us listen to your song, Watson, it is a lovely rendition.

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Hi everyone, here is my fingerstyle version of Havana by Camila Cabello, for this month’s challenge.  This was certainly a huge challenge for me, to be honest I bit off more than I could chew for this one.  It was a challenge to learn and memorise the notes, work out the fingerings, put it all together in a semblance of a tune and finally getting down a reasonable recording, especially in such a short time-frame.  I must admit that I was going to give up on it a few times, but I gave myself a good talking too, reminding myself that it doesn’t have to be perfect and just to continue to work on it and see how I go.  So, I persevered and it started to come together a couple of days ago so this is the best of the bad bunch mistakes and all.  Obviously, it needs way more practice, you will hear string misfires, muted notes, hesitations (especially on the tricky parts) and I tend to speed up or slow down in places, but overall, I’m pleased with it.

 Recording Info:

Song Title:  Havana by Camila Cabello

Arrangement:  Hal Leonard’s 100 most Popular Songs for Fingerpicking Guitar.

Instrument: Yamaha NTX-500 crossover Nylon guitar with pickup and D’Addario EJ45FF ProArte Carbon Classical Strings, Normal Tension.

Recording Gear:  Behringer Guitar Link USB interface.

Audio software:  Audacity.

 

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@WATSON43 That was amazing, it sounded really professional. Super impressed (and a teensy envious), thank you for sharing😃

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@WATSON43 that was beautifully done Kevin, what a lovely song!😎👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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@Simira, I would be really proud if I could play fingerstyle that well! You have inspired me to direct my learning down that path. Well done!😎👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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@Nutty 1Thank you so much for your kind words Mandy.  I've never been an inspiration before!  Good luck on your fingerstyle journey.  🙏😊

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@WATSON43, Your song has it all. This can be played on a radio station. Fantastic!

@Simira Well played! That's a long song to memorize. 

Wim

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@Simira and @Wim VD1, You both deserve high praise for tackling such difficult songs. Each one was a joy to listen to.

Thanks to everyone for their nice comments about my tune.

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Wow! @WATSON43, that is a fantastic rendition of a beautiful song. 

Ian

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@Simira - fabulous! That is a very challenging piece and you did a reallygreat job with it. Keep it up and keep sharing with us.

p.s. I love the artwork!

Ian

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@IanD Thank you.  The artwork was drawn by my daughter.  Way more flattering than any photo of me😊

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