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    I'm setting up to record a bunch of youtube videos of my own songs and some old stuff, too. This is my second recording (I learned a bunch from the first) and it's getting to where I'd like it visually and sonically, but I'd appreciate some feedback from you folks on the sound and the look so I can continue to improve them. I'm aiming for "appealing" "interesting" "amusing" more than "perfect."






    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgBxxLXkXDg
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    This is the kind of song I would imagine hearing at an open air cafe or music amphitheater on a lazy afternoon with my wife. I like the way you sing and the song has a nice easy feel to it. 9 out of 10.

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    • #3
      This has that 'white ragtime' feel to it, very late 1910s/early 1920s.

      Lyrically, I was hoping for maybe a little cleverness/sly humor/double entendre, but the sentiment is 'era correct'.

      There is a certain 'Leon Redbone' quality to this; whether there is a market for it is another story...

      I was hoping for maybe a little bit of 'stride' in the break, but, ah well, that's just me, I guess...

      Have you considered adding some brass backing when you record this to set the period feel?



      can you get the cockatiel to chirp on cue?

      [my cockatiel used to walk up and down my guitar strap during rehearsals...sometimes a bit distracting when she would hop onto my arm or the guitar neck]



      overall, I would like to hear a few more songs
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      • #4
        Thanks for the comments and compliments! I'm certainly going to record some more songs. I'm encouraged that neither of you mentioned the sound or the set; that means that they're not getting in the way of the performance. Part of my intention is to figure out a simple, quick setup/teardown set that gives me good sound and an unobtrusive visual setting for performing.



        Sorry daddymac, but no stride. Don't have the chops. The double-entendre song will come later ("O Ganananoque," which is a parody of efffusive songs in praise of a town or whatever--lucky for me that Gananoque's official tree is the Pitch Pine, whose Latin name is Pinus Rigidus.)
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        • #5
          lol @ the budgie



          cool tune.
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          • #6
            Well, hi again.



            I've made a few more videos. They're getting better. That is, I'm working out some geometry issues with the camera and the technology is getting in my way less and as a result, I'm more relaxed. As I finish each, I'm posting it to youtube.



            My youTube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/douglasgifford



            Again, any comments on the set, my presentation, the sound, whatever are appreciated.
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            • #7
              You should check out Barry from key west I think you would dig his style. Look up Barry Cuda via youtube

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              • #8
                This is great! This is the kind of music I would love to make myself but can't...hope to hear more!



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                • #9
                  The song is great, the audio is great.



                  The only thing that is a little strange is the framing and camera angle. The top of your head is cut off. Try to adjust the camera so you can get your head and hands in the frame. Maybe raise the camera and shoot downward?
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                  • #10
                    Doug, I really enjoyed watching a few of those videos. Great Job. Now,,, if only you could teach that parakeet to sing harmony,,,,,,,,,,,,
                    Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

                    (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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                    • #11
                      I mentioned, in your other post about your lovely partner, about a source of gigs...whether you're doing it solo or as a duo, you/the two of you could stay pretty busy, and make decent $$$.
                      God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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                      • #12
                        The music is cool, I'm thinking the next step is visual presentation. It may or may not make a difference in your part of the world but maybe you might want to create or hone an image, dress wise.



                        Here's a couple of videos of guys that I work with that have "created" their own image. Of course different strokes for different folks, maybe yours could be super casual with a twist, like a Jimmy Buffet look (you've got the bird) or a tuxedo with a baseball cap or whatever - anything suited to your music that makes you stand out.



                        Two from Kenny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlbsJ...eature=related



                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNaz0...eature=related



                        And Billy in a red suit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZVkSbv30kE

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                          Quote Originally Posted by Shaster
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                          The music is cool, I'm thinking the next step is visual presentation. It may or may not make a difference in your part of the world but maybe you might want to create or hone an image, dress wise.



                          Here's a couple of videos of guys that I work with that have "created" their own image. Of course different strokes for different folks, maybe yours could be super casual with a twist, like a Jimmy Buffet look (you've got the bird) or a tuxedo with a baseball cap or whatever - anything suited to your music that makes you stand out.



                          Two from Kenny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlbsJ...eature=related



                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNaz0...eature=related



                          And Billy in a red suit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZVkSbv30kE




                          For live (and only once when we performed as a five-piece "Cafe Gananoque") I've worn a very dapper black suit ($7.50 at the Sally Ann), white shirt and bow tie. I looked splendid. But for these videos... don't think so. Keep in mind that I'm doing these between house-jobs and stuff; I don't want to have to dress up special to play. But you're right that I should dress to look at least tidy enough to not offend.



                          I do agree that the brown plaid shirt looks sucky. Maybe I need to go out and find me some good-quality (plaid) shirts. Salvation Army, here I come.
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                          • #14
                            Yeah, I agree with Shaster. You need some kind of trademark "look". Something that'll make you stand out in a crowd, vs blending in. Maybe something that reflects the genre of music you do. I think you could have fun with this,,, so let your imagination soar. It's all in the spirit of showmanship. Think "Dr. John" for example EVERYBODY remembers what he looks like,,,, but how many people could spot Allan Toussaint in a crowd? Great musician/song-writer btw.



                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS4Ij...eature=related



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                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wG55hfh2w0



                            I dunno Pogo97,,,, maybe something of a period look,,, a black vest, arm-bands, and a bowler hat. Something simple that suggests "fun".
                            Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

                            (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

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                            • #15
                              Hi again on the video parade. This one's guitar and voice, recorded last week. The original sound (mono AT 4033 from in front of and above my head but pointing at the guitar) was fairly awful with a bunch of resonances and honk. (This is because the mic is farther from the sources than ideal and it's picking up a lot of room.) I've imposed some reverb and tweaked it using eq and multi-band compressor. Please let me know if the sound is generally pleasing but doesn't call attention to itself. I want watchers to think "interesting song, interesting performance" rather than "interesting sound." It should sound like an idealized version of what the space looks like.



                              My next recordings, I'll find a nicer shirt, look at the camera, and smile more.






                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XXuvmSko5Q
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