@ductapeguy came up with a bassline for the Falling Bassline challenge, and asked me for some chords. I made a small adjustment to the bassline's final notes, took two swipes at the chords, and that's what's here.
Then he mentioned that a melody wasn't coming to his ear, so I gave it a shot. We haven't actually sat down to hammer out the issues, and there are a few. It was certainly a test for my voice (there are issues there, as well). I'm sure we'll get it sorted eventually. In the words of the duct tape sage, "FAWM and move on." 😉
The recording is a total frankenstein.
- The bass is acoustic guitar pitchshifted down an octave.
- The vocals were recorded in tandem with single-strummed chords (for the sake of vocal intonation).
- I laid down the arpeggios into my tablet first, then recorded both the bassline and the vocal independently, and at a deliberately slower tempo. Then I cut each bass and vocal note, and dragged them into position alongside the arpeggiated guitar. EXCEPT...
...the pulsing bassline in the mid-section, I somehow sped the tempo up faster than the guitar. OOPS. So, in that section, the guitar has been cut and dragged to match the bass (and sounds weird as a result).
- With the vocal, too, it's really easy to tell that there's been some copypasta chicanery.
As much as I'd like to claim that no music was harmed in this track, it just isn't true. I should be in music jail. In lieu of my just punishment, here's how to play it:
A5 > G3,G-open > A4 > G3,G-open > A3 > G3,G-open > A2 > G3,G-open > A1 > G3,G-open > A-open > G3,G-open > D-open > D2,A-open > D4 > A-open,A2,A4,A2
Gm - x5533x
Gmb5 - x4532x
C7 - x3231x
B5addb6 - x2400x
Bb6 - x1303x
A7 - x0202x
D7 - xx0212
B7 - x21202
A couple of those aren't the "real" chord names, and I don't care 😉
VOCAL (1st section)
Gm - d,f,g
Gmb5 - g,bb,db
C7 - c,c,bb,bb
B5addb6 - b (I admit this was a lazy choice)
Bb6 - bb,f,g
A7 - a,e,g,e
D7 - d,d,f#,a
B7 - b
Gm - bb,f,g
Gmb5 - bb,db,g
C7 - e,e,bb,e
B5addb6 - f#
Bb6 - f,f,d
A7 - g,f,e,e
D7 - d,e,f#,e
B7 - eb
I also don't care that I mixed an f# in with a bunch of flats -- WHEE!
Thanks, Sean, for asking for my input. It's not "there" yet, but has promise.