Guitar, Melodica, Instrumental Happiness

August 3, 2010 5:44 PM

After too much time spent noodling, I'm trying to make actual tunes with some semblance of structure. Today's attempt was fun! What does it remind you of?

I suspect the melodica is actually annoying, and that I just like it because I've listened to it so many times — I know the "solo" part is pretty bad.

Any criticism or tips sincerely welcome. I'd also like to know what other music this reminds you of — I don't at all tend to listen to the kind of music I make, but I think this kind of happy instrumental music should be my thing.

posted by mbrock (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I think the melodica fits great, actually; the timbral contrast with the guitars and the sustained, relatively legato feel against the strummy/arpeggiated guitar attacks really sits together well. If anything, a little more of the guitar and percussion in the mix would suit me, if only because they sound really nice and the melodica might sit a little less conspicuously in the mix that way.

This reminds me of something in the back of my brain but I can't put my finger on it.
posted by cortex at 8:49 AM on August 6, 2010

I like the feel, a nice relaxed energy. The melodica is only as annoying as it is loud, just bring it down in the mix a bit. And the "solo" part isn't bad at all, it's actually quite great, just what the song needs. Maybe a bit unrefined, or 15 seconds too long, but not at all bad.
posted by abc123xyzinfinity at 5:18 PM on August 9, 2010

I love this. I think you should try the solo again and see what comes out. I'm curious to know if after this time expanse, if the solo would cover more range. I think of solos as what you would sing if you were a singer with all the vocal skills in the world.
I hope you are still making music. This is so exuberant and full of life.
posted by gt2 at 3:36 AM on March 28, 2016

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