July 21, 2008 9:34 PM

I just came up with this and recorded it on the H2 (I upped the volume a bit in Audition afterward). I'm pretty bad at finger picking and this owes a lot to John Fahey and Roy Harper. Not that they're bad at finger picking.... There's a faster and shorter version as well, but I liked the drone of this one more.

posted by sleepy pete (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Very pleasant, and the quality of the recording is good. Are you using the H2 without any external microphone? I'm considering buying t, but am wondering if I could get good recordings like this using just the device itself or if I'd need anything extra. I'm actually even more interested in using it as a "field recorder."

I think what I like about this tune is that it seems to wander or travel... could be in physical terms or maybe in the sense of a mind going from thought A to B to C and back to A or B again.
posted by edlundart at 11:41 PM on July 21, 2008

That's nice. I agree about the wandering, and actually I think it would make a good soundtrack to travel, possibly by train.
posted by uncleozzy at 5:44 AM on July 22, 2008

I love drony acoustic guitar like this.
posted by dobie at 11:00 AM on July 22, 2008

I also like this. It has a kind of sinister sitar quality, I agree it would work well in a film.
posted by arcanecrowbar at 2:41 PM on July 22, 2008

Yea, SP, the drone hits me in just the right spot. It's neither hurried nor lazy. Wow, this is really sweet.
posted by snsranch at 3:40 PM on July 22, 2008

I'm a sucker for this kind of jangly guitar. Gets me every time!
posted by ORthey at 6:07 PM on July 24, 2008

Wow, sleepy pete, this one really resonates with me. This is the kind of stuff I gravitate towards playing when I'm 'in the zone,' as it were -- playing while thinking about something else, only half-listening, letting my fingers do what they will. I'm a fingerpicker at heart. You say you're bad at it, but if so it didn't come across in the recording...and the drone really works, too. Great stuff.
posted by danb at 9:06 PM on July 24, 2008

Yeah, Roy Harper and John Fahey is exactly what I hear, that eastern drone also reminded me of Jimmy Page. I can't pick for crap, myself, so, yeah, what danb said.
posted by not_on_display at 6:59 PM on August 4, 2008

Yep. I was going to say that there is some Led Zeppelin in there too. Black Mountainside is a distant cousin, and John Fahey is in there too. I love fingerpicking in drone-y alternate tunings--especially when it's not prissily precise.

I don't know what you're talking about when you say that you're bad at fingerpicking. This is great.
posted by umbĂș at 5:40 PM on August 5, 2008

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