Baby I’m a Star by Prince. I took my new Blue Snowball out to the garage today to try it out. I scratched up some vocal tracks for about an hour. It’s all first and second take stuff. It turned out pretty good but I need more time to get a feel for it. That’s […]
Author Archive | Graham English
Warning: Explicit lyrics. I wrote this years ago. Probably between 1998 and 2000. I could nail it down but I don’t really care that much. It’s a smooth laid back rap by me with a guitar solo from David Gelfand. But what really gets me is Brian Sach’s drums. Brian and I were riding the […]
Baby I’m a Star by Prince. I f’ed up the form on the yesterday’s version. Now I’ve got it right. I’ll put the vocals and more synth down tomorrow. 140bpm in the key of D.
Baby I’m a Star by Prince. So far I’ve got the loops, acoustic bass, piano, clav, and hammond. I’ve got most of the form together except for the ending and maybe the last couple shout choruses. 140bpm in the key of D.
105bpm Bbmin7 Shades of Bombay and piano. The riff is mainly on the 7 and 1 with the piano bringing in the minor 3rd and minor 6th (Aeolian).
This is a 90bpm gospel/R&B shuffle in Ab. The chord progression goes from Ab9 to GbMAJ7/Ab. Occasionally I drop down to a Gb13 which inspired a nice sounding turnaround. This groove would make a good vamp.
I’m focusing on two things here. Hand interdependence and phrasing with little or no regard to pitch. So motion and rhythm basically.
This is a warm up on a cool and dreary day.
WARNING: Just when I’m getting warmed up, the drums kill the track.
I captured this quickly. I’m experimenting with motion in the bass and piano at first. Then I try to bring some contrast into the chord progression. It’s not quite right, but I try it a few more times anyway. I hear a quiet vocal melody teasing the rhythm and motion of the piano and bass. […]
16 bars of sequenced groove. Fm7 sub synth bass line and an Apple loop (Club Dance Beat).