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Jul 15, 2017 - 5:48:40 PM
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Here's "Ashes to Ashes".  It's a David Bowie song from 1980 off the Scary Monster album. I played it on a electric violin ran thru various pedals; notably an Electro Harmonix Memory boy with a octave pedal put thru the effect loop for the wierd sound effects in the middle. The octave pedal shows up at the end a bit as well.

All the backing tracks; bass, drums, synthesizers, toy piano, etc, were done just using a Roland U220 rack mount synth from 1988.  

This one was a LOT of work.  But a real labor of love.   Whenever I think of my top 5 all time musical influences, in any genre';  David Bowie makes the list.  It took me awhile to get this one as it's a weird tune..almost crooked in places.  Spent many, many hours programming the synth, monkeying with my keyboard and figuring out the melodies and riffs with my violin.  But, as always I learned a LOT by doing it.


Jul 15, 2017 - 7:07:03 PM
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I haven't ever heard the song, so I can't comment on how close you got, but I can sure say it sounds very good...and yes, it sounds like a lot of work.  Very involved.  Sounds pretty doggone good to me.  I think you did a great job...now I'm gonna have to listen to the real thing and see...lol.  But I think you did very good.

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:25:13 AM
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Thanks, Peggy.  I enjoy making these little arrangements and learning new ways to use my gear. Plus it makes me really stretch my fiddle abilities.  Lately I've been trying to play a lot of the music I've listened to for years, or grew up listening to.  Makes it easier, because the tunes are ingrained in my noggin' pretty good.

I seldom try and record a complete copy or try and make it sound exactly like the original recording. Often I go in other directions and just focus on bits and pieces/melodic stuff that I really like about the piece.  Kind of make it my own, but still keep it recognizable. I do try and stick to the main melody as close as I can.

   I played a version of this one (Ashes to Ashes)  on an acoustic fiddle for some friends at a cookout a few weeks back. A fellow there had brought a fiddle, and asked me to play something.  I didn't tell anyone what the tune was, just played a bit. Surprisingly, one person smiled broadly and recognized the tune as a Bowie song right away, but wasn't sure of the title, and every one else just said: "What is that? It sounds so familiar".  

After that, I just played a few Irish tunes and "Cluck Old Hen". ...nobody recognized those either ...It was a "Classic Rock"  kinda crowd of Old geezers there,  lol    : )

Jul 17, 2017 - 5:20:30 PM

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I hear ya...I like fiddling around with the musical stuff in my past too.  Seems funny we can play whatever we want and most people won't know what any of 'em are...lol.  Same here...it's all fun though.

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:51:07 AM
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Great going!  And yes, I also confess to being a dyed-in-the-wool Bowie fan.  I think I have every one of his releases.  I even have my share of 45 rpm Bowie singles, all to get my hands on obscure B-sides. Yeah, maybe they exist in cyberspace but who knows...  I saw him in concert several times over the years. 

Jul 19, 2017 - 3:41 PM
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I liked it, You no I don't think anybody on this site plays like you. Works for me. Jerry

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:29:53 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by Lonesome Fiddler
 

Great going!  And yes, I also confess to being a dyed-in-the-wool Bowie fan.  I think I have every one of his releases.  I even have my share of 45 rpm Bowie singles, all to get my hands on obscure B-sides. Yeah, maybe they exist in cyberspace but who knows...  I saw him in concert several times over the years. 


LF; I got the albums, a few in vinyl, but no 45s  Wow! you are a fan.  I only saw him in concert once.  There are a few Bowie songs that I think would be good on fiddle. I've been working on "Five Years" from the Ziggy Stardust album. Another good one is "The Man Who Sold the World".  

Jerry;  thanks! I'm glad you like it. If you think about it, though, everyone  on this site plays different from everyone else. You know what I mean?

Jul 20, 2017 - 9:21:52 AM

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Jul 20, 2017 - 10:29:21 AM

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Joined Dec 11, 2008

quote:
Originally posted by Mojohand40
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lonesome Fiddler
 

Great going!  And yes, I also confess to being a dyed-in-the-wool Bowie fan.  I think I have every one of his releases.  I even have my share of 45 rpm Bowie singles, all to get my hands on obscure B-sides. Yeah, maybe they exist in cyberspace but who knows...  I saw him in concert several times over the years. 


LF; I got the albums, a few in vinyl, but no 45s  Wow! you are a fan.  I only saw him in concert once.  There are a few Bowie songs that I think would be good on fiddle. I've been working on "Five Years" from the Ziggy Stardust album. Another good one is "The Man Who Sold the World".  

Jerry;  thanks! I'm glad you like it. If you think about it, though, everyone  on this site plays different from everyone else. You know what I mean?


All I can think of is how great Mick Ronson's lead-out solos on Starman and Panic In Detroit would be on fiddle.  Maybe I'll put the vinyl on the 'table and see if I can follow 'em.

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