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Old 4th August 2014
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Your Favorite Acoustic Guitar Reference Tracks

I want everything it took to get this sound.

Still one of my all time favorites, more to come, please share yours.




He's playing cheater chords, top 3 strings from what I'm hearing.

A benchmark of sonic fatness!
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This strikes me as an idea that never quite got developed into a song, so it wound up getting pasted onto the front of something else in a related key. But it's really nice and sounds fantastic.

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This strikes me as an idea that never quite got developed into a song, so it wound up getting pasted onto the front of something else in a related key. But it's really nice and sounds fantastic.

Notice a bit of hair on the top end, might be the youtube compression.

Nice finger picking otherwise.
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From watching the Wilbury's Documentaries and
Just knowing how they layered multiple 6 strings and 12 strings in the studio,
has helped me to grasp how they got these results.



How the acoustic guitar(s) sit in a big mix is important to me too.

This short candid clip has a ton of information in it.


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Jackson Brown's acoustic sounds so much better mic'd up.

When I was hitting the open mic circuit, I always had a mic on
my acoustic electric, just to make it sound less plastic.
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Another favorite for sure.



Want a 12 string bad!

and this for how his tiny parlor sits in the mix



For the rich detailed acoustic tone and how it sits in a huge mix.

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All the acoustic tones on Wildflowers.

Zep III.

A whole buncha Simon & Garfunkel stuff.
Old 4th August 2014
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When I saw the topic of the thread, I thought of Donovan before I opened it and was quite surprised to see the first post. There are so many great acoustic sounds to reference; Dylan on Blood On The Tracks is a big one for me. Tom Petty's Wildflowers, the Everly Bros' blend, Neil Young's Classic Martin tone, Shelby Lynne gets some great sounds just accompanying herself.
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Capturing the natural acoustic sound of the guitar when guitar and voice are the featured instruments is an art form in itself,
but getting an acoustic to stand out in a busy complex mix and how to do that, is what fascinates me the most.
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From the Album Turf By Luka Bloom

Luka Bloom - Sanctuary.avi - YouTube

Perishable Fruit by Patty Larkin

Patty Larkin - Wolf at the Door - YouTube

Black Sheep Martin Sexton

Martin Sexton - Glory Bound - YouTube

Dublin Blues. Guy Clark.

http://youtu.be/DXCCvBzZxmE
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Have a cigar

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Capturing the natural acoustic sound of the guitar when guitar and voice are the featured instruments is an art form in itself,
but getting an acoustic to stand out in a busy complex mix and how to do that, is what fascinates me the most.
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Eeeees Fix!

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I was fortunate to see Yes on their debut USA Yes Album tour, opening
for Jethro Tull Aqualung tour. Alexandria Roller Rink.





Again, a mic'd up acoustic sounds so much more real.
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great song
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Hippies & Hiwatt Stacks! :-)
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I want everything it took to get this sound.

Still one of my all time favorites, more to come, please share yours.




He's playing cheater chords, top 3 strings from what I'm hearing.

A benchmark of sonic fatness!
I'm not getting a lot acoustically - I hear the 1-4-5 progression in fifths, and the rest is fancy electric and sitar-like tones, and since Donovan was a maharishi mahesh yogi fan and george harrison friend he no doubt had use of sitars and wasn't just doing sitar a la sonny langreths slide
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pretty neat
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is it okay to just say - paco delucia from the live san franscisco stuff? say passion, grace and fire?

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I'm not getting a lot acoustically - I hear the 1-4-5 progression in fifths, and the rest is fancy electric and sitar-like tones, and since Donovan was a maharishi mahesh yogi fan and george harrison friend he no doubt had use of sitars and wasn't just doing sitar a la sonny langreths slide
What impresses me about that song is the tone more than anything.

Those first few bars where he comes in, just riveting and so fat without turning
to mud.

Sometimes it really is the value of the note, much more than the number of notes.
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This is one of the better acoustic live events.



An orchestra of guitars!
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What impresses me about that song is the tone more than anything.

Those first few bars where he comes in, just riveting and so fat without turning
to mud.

Sometimes it really is the value of the note, much more than the number of notes.
oh sure - I am totally not about speed runs and musical jerking off - I think all great pop composers reinvent the wheel - at a lecture with Russian poet yevgeny Yevtushenko he spoke of the need to not be afraid of the cliché yet to reinterpret through ones own voice - which is something I look for in pop - and when I used the term pop I mean it in the literal definition which includes even classical music - not pop = church and religious music.

here's a number I love for the warmth they get across - I don't think another song captures this exact feeling

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Cool, but the intro has a bit more reverb than I might use.

So many acoustic guitar tracks are just swimming in reverb, where I prefer just a hint.

Even where tracks warrant reverb, I kinda prefer it behind the note to enhance
the sound, not submerge it.

I sort of think of that as the Euro Pop acoustic guitar reverb thing, where acoustic tracks are just drowning
in reverb.
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Jim and Maury ...

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Speaking of old hippies!



My old group would close our 1st set with this following the entire B-Side of Abbey Road.
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is it okay to just say - paco delucia from the live san franscisco stuff? say passion, grace and fire?

all 3 of them are incredible, Paco was the best but Dimeola is no slouch
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Cool, but the intro has a bit more reverb than I might use.

So many acoustic guitar tracks are just swimming in reverb, where I prefer just a hint.

Even where tracks warrant reverb, I kinda prefer it behind the note to enhance
the sound, not submerge it.

I sort of think of that as the Euro Pop acoustic guitar reverb thing, where acoustic tracks are just drowning
in reverb.
I think most people don't hear reverb - it's just a feeling. But as a musician you will be noticing what most reglar people don't. As an effect, as you well know, it thickens a signal and especially back before loudness became a singular factor in music production effects were used to broadcast a feeling rather than to belie them. So I forgive them the heavy atmosphere. What I find funny though it's off point is how many weak singers use reverb to make it seem that their voice is carrying - even when the rest of the track has no reverb.
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I think most people don't hear reverb - it's just a feeling. But as a musician you will be noticing what most reglar people don't. As an effect, as you well know, it thickens a signal and especially back before loudness became a singular factor in music production effects were used to broadcast a feeling rather than to belie them. So I forgive them the heavy atmosphere. What I find funny though it's off point is how many weak singers use reverb to make it seem that their voice is carrying - even when the rest of the track has no reverb.
I track vocals bone dry, so there's no illusion if I'm off.

I might add a small bit in post production as needed.
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Cool, but the intro has a bit more reverb than I might use.

So many acoustic guitar tracks are just swimming in reverb, where I prefer just a hint.

Even where tracks warrant reverb, I kinda prefer it behind the note to enhance
the sound, not submerge it.

I sort of think of that as the Euro Pop acoustic guitar reverb thing, where acoustic tracks are just drowning
in reverb.
I immediately thought of this:

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