Simple Guitar Tabs – Omaha (Duritz)

This is intended for guitarists and other musicians, so it’s easy to glance at the music and see what you need to see, without any clutter.  I also re-align the Continue reading “Simple Guitar Tabs – Omaha (Duritz)”

Simple Guitar Tabs – Hurricane (Dylan)

I’ve greatly simplified this without changing any of the chords. This is intended for guitarists and other musicians, so it’s easy to glance at the music and see what you need to see, without any clutter.  I also re-align the word wraps, because the “poetic” pacing, the lyrics written in rhythm, are usually done incorrectly on the popular chord website “Ultimate Guitar,” making it much more difficult a task to play the song.

When I tried to submit chords for the Bob Dylan song “Isis” Continue reading “Simple Guitar Tabs – Hurricane (Dylan)”

Joan Armatrading, Let it Last, Song Chords

Let it Last                               Joan Armatrading                    To The Limit

I got used to feelin’ lonely                                                     E
My spirit always down                                                            A
The grass was gettin’ greener                                           A     E
And my winter was comin’ ’round                                    A     E Continue reading “Joan Armatrading, Let it Last, Song Chords”

Simple Guitar Tabs – Six Days on the Road

Six Days on the Road Dave Dudley

Six Days on the Road             Earl Green and Carl Montgomery

(D7)                                        G                                        D7                                        G
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If I can only afford one microphone under $500 to record vocals with what should I get?

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Mark Urso, Owner at River Song Music (Quora answer)

Maybe a Shure SM58. An SM48, which is extremely similar, can be had for fifty bucks. You’ll have a little money left over!

I’ll assume you’re not on stage making your recordings, and you have complete control over ambient sound, and you have good headphones. So you’re looking for, I’m assuming, a studio mic for vocals.

Cheap street is the SM58. It’s a standard mic, with a standard polar pattern, and is usually used on stage, but since we don’t know what your singer sounds like, what your singer prefers, or if you’re looking for a particular sound, why not have a standard-performing mic? It won’t cost $500 – maybe $100.

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What great chord progressions have you found, transcribing popular music?

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For soft rock, people might be surprised at which songs are simple, and which use inventive and unusual chords. I’ve reverse-engineered hundreds of popular songs. I’ll toss out a few examples of what I’ve discovered:

The Easys

Certain artists, like Elton John and John Mellencamp, are not reinventing the wheel with the music they write. It’s extremely straightforward, usually 4/4 Continue reading “What great chord progressions have you found, transcribing popular music?”