Archive for Acoustic Guitars

Cover Tune

Posted in Cover Tunes with tags , , , , , on November 27, 2016 by The Buddha Rats

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You Will

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 16, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

Here’s an acoustic offering before the electric bombs start to drop.

You Will is a re-recording I did today of a simple song I wrote (and posted) in Dec. 2010. I like this one better because it’s truer to the demo. It’s also got a nice alt. tuning which is always fun to play around with, and only took about an hour to get down right.

You Will

Written, and recorded by The Buddha Rats®. Copyright 2010, 2011 Drew Gold. World Rights Reserved. Use without permission is theft and leads to physical & financial pain, so make sure you ask first.

The Buddha Rats® is the property of Andrew Gold. Reg. USPTO.

 

A Smoother Post for Justin

Posted in Music with tags , , on February 28, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I just got an email from my friend Justin regarding “The Ballad of Buddha Rat” that I posted last week. He told me that he enjoyed the non-gravely vocal style, and I think he’s  got a good point: A mellow tune needs to have a vocal treatment that’s different from a fully orchestrated rock number.

So today I figured I’d post the original demo version of “The Belljar”. I never meant for this to be heard- I never finessed anything, certainly not the vocals. That being said, I think it provides a nice counterpoint to the electric version that’s been posted. The demo is just me and an acoustic: Mellow. Simple.

Enjoy.

The Belljar

Written, and recorded by The Buddha Rats®. Copyright 2008 Drew Gold. World Rights Reserved. Use without permission is theft and leads to physical & financial pain, so make sure you ask first.

The Buddha Rats® is the property of Andrew Gold. Reg. USPTO.

When It’s All Said and Done

Posted in Music with tags , , , on February 22, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I wrote When It’s All Said and Done back in 2005. I had just bought the nylon Martin, and songs were coming at a decent rate. It’s a good little mellow love number, and it holds up well to my ears 5 years later.

Enjoy.

When It’s All Said and Done

Written, and recorded by The Buddha Rats®. Copyright 2005 Drew Gold. World Rights Reserved. Use without permission is theft and leads to physical & financial pain, so make sure you ask first.

The Buddha Rats® is the property of Andrew Gold. Reg. USPTO.

 

Learning to Play the Guitar

Posted in Guitars with tags , , on January 23, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I made the decision to start playing guitar back in 2000. It wasn’t my first time picking up the instrument, but after years of trying I promised myself I wouldn’t give up this time.

I remember buying Guitar for Dummies, and The “First Stage” Guitar Book. I played every day for hours at a time. My fingers hurt for the first 6 months, I couldn’t barre any chords, and I couldn’t play anybody’s tunes (and I still can’t).

Even though I was miserable and frustrated, I never lost my focus- I knew that if I kept at it something would eventually click.  And I was right. As I got over each stumbling block and learning curve I was able to start writing and playing the sounds I heard in my head.

Formal lessons never worked for me, I remain self taught to this day, and I’m happy as a rhythm player. My unorthodox approach has helped me to concentrate on simple (effective) chords, along with song structure, melody and recording techniques. I leave the solos for more capable people like my (lead) guitarist Mitch.

In any event, it’s been about 10 years since I picked up the guitar, and it’s been a very rewarding experience. It’s helped me write music that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to write if I stuck solely with the drums and piano.

1968 Martin 00-16C Guitar, Cottage EP

Posted in Music with tags , , on December 20, 2009 by The Buddha Rats

The Buddha Rats, Cottage EPThis is “The Cottage EP”, and it was written and recorded back in Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006.

I always loved the sound of a good nylon string guitar, and I had spent a few years recording and playing on my Dad’s old ’64 Goya. The Goya’s were a line of Swedish guitars built by the Levin family starting in the 1940’s, and rivaled the sound, and quality of Martin Guitars. Martin ended up buying the Goya name in the 70’s, moved production out of Sweden into Asia, and imported the inferior-quality guitars to America. If you ever get a chance to purchase a pre-1975 Goya, go for it: You won’t be disappointed.

By the time I was ready to buy a good Nylon of my own, I lucked into a deal on a 1968 Martin 00-16C concert sized guitar. The guitar had been owned by a little old lady from Connecticut, and kept in storage under her bed since the early 1970’s. With the exception of a bent tuning peg, the guitar was (and still is) in immaculate shape with simple appointments, no binding, a thick (but comfortable) neck, a thin dull lacquer finish, and a sound that can fill a room.

Once I got the 00-16C, my technique got better and my songs got simpler (at least for a little while).

But that’s enough talk. Here’s “The Cottage EP”: 3 songs (2 instrumentals, 1 with vocals), clocking in under 5 minutes and available for download (links in orange) for your listening pleasure. I hope you enjoy.

Written, and recorded by The Buddha Rats®. Copyright 2005, 2006 Drew Gold. World Rights Reserved. Cataloged with The Library of Congress. Use without permission is theft and leads to physical & financial pain, so make sure you ask first.

The Buddha Rats ® is the property of Andrew Gold. Reg. USPTO.

Removing slide noises from acoustic guitar tracks

Posted in Guitars, Recording Basics with tags , on December 19, 2009 by The Buddha Rats

Now why on earth would you want to do that?…

Personally, I enjoy listening to a guitar that sounds as if it’s been recorded by a real person. String noise is just part of the deal. You can de-emphasize it a bit with eq, etc., but you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to create a guitar part that doesn’t contain some bit of noise.

You could try flatwound strings. They have a more mellow sound, and you don’t hear the “finger squeek” sound like on roundwound strings. I use them for my electric bass, and a lot of people (mostly Jazz players) use them on their gits. They also last longer because they don’t tarnish/rust as fast.