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I says one and two is three, four and five is seven - Unknown vocalist for the Nashville Washboard Band, Kohoma Blues

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Offline frankie

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A Long Distance Call
« on: May 23, 2014, 05:33:53 PM »
From across the sea - Ireland to New Jersey. SPARKLES and ALL.


Offline Laura

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 05:35:23 PM »
Over-dubbing Friday! Sorry about the cheesy picture :D

Offline joe paul

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014, 12:03:39 AM »
So where do I need to go to hear some more of this duo, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic?
Ok, I'll get me a boat.
Sweet ! Thanks.

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014, 03:47:58 AM »
Lankie? Fraura? Maybe not...

I never tire of listening to Laura do that song (although this time around I rather miss the washing machine...)

Love it. Let's hope this is the start of a beautiful transatlantic musical relationship.
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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 08:14:03 AM »
Sounds great you two. Laura, I gotta say, I haven't had as much time for all things weenie the past year, and haven't been able to pay attention to everything that gets posted as much as I would like, but your singing is top notch. Plus frankie on the fiddle. And sparkles!

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 09:08:20 AM »
Lovely.

Offline unezrider

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 09:35:39 AM »
that was beautiful
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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2014, 10:01:50 AM »
That really sounds nice--thanks!
All best,
Johnm

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2014, 01:56:23 PM »
Thanks all for the good words.  This came together really quickly and it was straightforward - a welcome break from the previous project which has been causing us a lot of grief with the sound! Have sent Frankie away to take a selfie for the new video and promised no sparkles?...

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2014, 03:11:15 PM »
*insert your favourite superlative here*  :)

Cheers

Pan

Offline Laura

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2014, 04:52:01 AM »
We've been geeking-out over Jaydee for the past couple of weeks.  Here's what we came up with for "Spoonful".


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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2014, 05:18:25 AM »
Thanks, everyone for the comments on Going Away Blues...  I'm still working out the details of multitrack recording. And fiddling. I think the multitracking will definitely get better. :)

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2014, 06:19:17 AM »
Whoa!!

Offline Mr.OMuck

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2014, 07:29:36 AM »
I believe we're witnessing the first Transcontinental collaboration via Skype in country Blues History...cool! And job well done! :)
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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2014, 07:34:34 AM »
Nice!
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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2014, 07:47:37 AM »
Lankie? Fraura? Maybe not...

I never tire of listening to Laura do that song (although this time around I rather miss the washing machine...)

Love it. Let's hope this is the start of a beautiful transatlantic musical relationship.

Lol, Lankie and Fraura, how about, Ankiefra and Aurala ? Well sorry but I couldn't resist :)

Lovely singing Laura and you two sound good together.
I met a woman she was a pigmeat some
Big fat mouth, I followed her home
She pulled a gun and broke my jaw
Didnt leave me hard on, I didnt get sore

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2014, 09:50:10 AM »
not sure I totally "get" the name thing...  but thanks, all!

I dunno about this being the first online CB collaboration - Simon and Laura did a pretty nice Callicott number not long ago!

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=10039.msg85043#msg85043

All good!

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2014, 01:20:57 PM »
I'm sorry to be slow catching up on listening, but I sure like that "Spoonful".  Hearing you two play it makes me feel like that could have been one of two tunes played over the course of a night at a juke--easier to start than to stop!  Nice boom-chang guitar, too, Laura, sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered.
All best,
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Offline Kokomo O

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2014, 03:00:24 PM »
Sorry to be so late to comment, but I'm with everyone else--great stuff, Laura and Frankie. Love the mix you two are getting.

So how are you doing it technically? You couldn't possibly be doing this by Skype, although I could see rehearsing that way. For recording, I presume you're exchanging files by Google Drive or Dropbox or the like, and using some fairly sophisticated recording software.

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« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2014, 06:57:48 PM »
Thanks, John - you really managed to nail the image that set me going on that song in the first place...  suggested it to Laura, who took off on it in her own way...  the main thing to me was the way the voices and fiddle all kind of chase one another in a call and response - something that's actually suggested very strongly by Jaydee's own singing. It was fun to see it come together and while the recording quality leaves something to be desired, the singing, playing and energy that came through on the recording are way more than what I could have expected from two people who have never actually "met." Crazy!

Kokomo - skype has been useful for some things - mainly talking through ideas or sharing a lick here and there, but for real time playing basically useless. Not the least of which because of the time zone differences and the usual demands of domesticity....  our schedules rarely sync up in a way that allows for any kind of playing...  failing that, discussing ideas, recording separately and using dropbox to share files has been much better for that.

I've been using Audacity for multitracking. Initially I used the onboard mics to record my tracks while Laura gave me a basic guitar/vocal take recorded with a Zoom. The onboard laptop mics pretty much single-handedly created the noisiness on the "Spoonful" recording.  On Going Away Blues, we both recorded separately using the best quality devices at out disposal, then I synced the files essentially manually (not as difficult as I thought it was going to be).

I'm sure there are easier ways to do this, but this seems to work and isn't too much of a technical burden.

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2014, 02:07:25 AM »
Request for some Minnie and Joe next...?

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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2014, 02:13:18 AM »
Request for some Minnie and Joe next...?

Seconded!
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So glad good looks don't take you through this world."
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Offline Kokomo O

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2014, 07:53:02 AM »
Frankie and Laura, I haven't paid much attention to recording and microphone technology for a long, long time, since before the internet, really. But it looks like you can get some pretty good mics for pretty good prices if you're lucky on eBay, and record directly onto Audacity. I know Zooms and other similar devices can do a great job, but I'm also told that adding an external mic, or a stereo mic, or a pair of mics in stereo configuration, can really kick the quality up a few notches. Not that you're sounding bad to begin with--in fact, it sounds real good.

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2014, 03:30:19 AM »
not sure I totally "get" the name thing...  but thanks, all!

I dunno about this being the first online CB collaboration - Simon and Laura did a pretty nice Callicott number not long ago!

http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=10039.msg85043#msg85043

All good!

Yeah sorry about that but I was just couldn't resist taking the silly name bit further but , well at least I didn't start it. All a bit of fun and a lesson there, Aussie humour is quite different to other kinds. The song was great but.
I met a woman she was a pigmeat some
Big fat mouth, I followed her home
She pulled a gun and broke my jaw
Didnt leave me hard on, I didnt get sore

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Re: A Long Distance Call
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2014, 01:40:56 PM »
Thanks everyone for the kind comments!  It really is a lot of fun working out our separate parts and trying to get it all to somehow sound like music despite the obvious difficulties!

I think it's making us both look at different ways of recording and trying to get the best sound.  I figured out how to sync up the tracks in Imovie a few days ago which is much better for me, at least, to get an idea of what I need to improve on or if we are going wrong anywhere.  Audacity is still much better for syncing and getting the best sound and I have no idea how to use that so I just let Frankie get on with it.

Re: Memphis Minnie, I really haven't heard a lot of her stuff and have so much listening homework right now I can't see myself getting round to her anytime soon!  However... I think our current project is even better than Minnie!!

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