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ears needed for Blues Rock Instrumental

Post by nicotina » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:48 pm

I hope someone can help me out- what are 1 or 2 things I could do to improve my chances with this one? My guitar tone is a Strat played right into Reaper, then I added the JS: Fuzz effect in there. Anyone have a better way? I do have a guitar amp but I'm not sure the tone difference would be worth the hassle in mic recording...

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Blues Rock Instrumental

“Lucille” by John The Conqueror
 
“Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man
 
“Way Down We Go” by Kaleo
 
Although the references have vocals, this request is for Instrumentals only! 

Please submit Blues/Rock Instrumentals that sound a little ragged and not too slick or polished. Go for genre-driven authenticity and capturing a moody vibe, while not showing off what a great Blues soloist you are. Instrumentals that have too much soloing could be harder for Music Supervisors and Editors to use. Go for the overall vibe, and maybe just have an 8 or 12-bar section with a little soloing in case they need it. Some grease, dirt, and a little distortion might just give you a lo-fi recording that could work well for this. Any material that sounds stiff, synthetic, or MIDI-driven won’t work well for this pitch. They’re looking for the real thing here, folks! Guitar or piano-based versions could both work, as long as they sound and feel like authentic Blues/Rock material.

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Re: ears needed for Blues Rock Instrumental

Post by Markzilla » Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:48 am

Leave the fuzz out until the 1:05 mark. It's pretty buried until that point anyway. I do really like the transition at 1:05 and again later on. It's a solid groove across the board, fine performances.

I'm not sure about the organ. You may get tagged with the "classic rock" influence. For which listing is this?

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Re: ears needed for Blues Rock Instrumental

Post by nicotina » Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:48 pm

It's for Blues/Rock instrumentals #Y180121MB. Yeah, I am worried about the organ- I know it's a dinosaur instrument. But I'm confused by the "a-la"'s. They have “Lucille” by John The Conqueror, which sounds like vintage blues (lo-fi) to me. Then the other tunes sound super slick and modern to me, which is the opposite of the description they gave. I don't know if they really want low-fi blues, or not.

“Lucille” by John The Conqueror: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dvSJaKl4A4

“Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3wKzyIN1yk

“Way Down We Go” by Kaleo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-7IHOXkiV8

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Re: ears needed for Blues Rock Instrumental

Post by Markzilla » Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:17 pm

nicotina wrote:It's for Blues/Rock instrumentals #Y180121MB. Yeah, I am worried about the organ- I know it's a dinosaur instrument. But I'm confused by the "a-la"'s. They have “Lucille” by John The Conqueror, which sounds like vintage blues (lo-fi) to me. Then the other tunes sound super slick and modern to me, which is the opposite of the description they gave. I don't know if they really want low-fi blues, or not.

“Lucille” by John The Conqueror: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dvSJaKl4A4

“Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3wKzyIN1yk

“Way Down We Go” by Kaleo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-7IHOXkiV8
I feel your pain, my brother and I agree with your comments. Rag n Bone man feels more moody than bluesy to me. I love the tune, mind you but it doesn't easily resolve with Lucille to my ear. The Kaleo tune feels like stronger blues influence to me than Rag n Bone Man.

I had a return on that same listing with the "classic rock" disqualification, which was fair and the review was nice. I'm taking a different approach this time. Moody vibe. Andante tempo around 80 BPM feels in the ballpark. I hope. This is the one that was rejected:

https://soundcloud.com/groovefondue/don ... blues-rock

I'm listening to Booker Fried Blues again and the general vibe is close to Lucille, but I'd eliminate the organ and find a patch or instrument that's untypical, if you will. Tremolo guitar, a string patch... anything that oozes "moody" and I think that will help with a forward.

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Re: ears needed for Blues Rock Instrumental

Post by nicotina » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:09 pm

Thanks Mark- I tried the idea of replacing the organ with a twangy space guitar patch, and I like it. It changes the whole thing from sounding bluesy to sounding like bluesy surf music. I'm not sure that's what they are after, but if they don't like your blues harp wailing they wouldn't like my Hammond organ either. So maybe this will do the trick.

Much appreciated- and that's a helluva tune you have there. I would call it Southern Rock, if they ever ask for that, you've got it.

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Re: ears needed for Blues Rock Instrumental

Post by Markzilla » Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:22 pm

nicotina wrote:Thanks Mark- I tried the idea of replacing the organ with a twangy space guitar patch, and I like it. It changes the whole thing from sounding bluesy to sounding like bluesy surf music. I'm not sure that's what they are after, but if they don't like your blues harp wailing they wouldn't like my Hammond organ either. So maybe this will do the trick.

Much appreciated- and that's a helluva tune you have there. I would call it Southern Rock, if they ever ask for that, you've got it.

Vince
Thanks, Vince! We'll just have to keep pitching and hope for the best! I think the space guitar patch might just do the trick.

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