Ragged Clown

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An End To Weeping

It cost me an E string and the skin off the top of my ring finger but I am done.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Recording Notes

Making music is hard.

I started with the drum track this time and it made everything so much easier. The rhythm guitar was fun even though you can’t really hear it over all the other tracks. I finished everything except the guitar solo in one day but it was another week before I could get back to it. Most of the drumming is me but I threw in a drum loop for the first verse just to see how it sounds. If I had picked a slightly faster tempo, I would have had a ton more loops to choose from. Oh well.


I played the piano part on the mac keyboard. I could’ve re-recorded it on a real piano when my midi cable arrived but I was too lazy. I did record the bass on the piano though. Can you believe I had my piano for 20 years before I got a midi cable? I thought so.

In that extra week, I had got much, much better at the lead and could play it through in one take and it was tempting to go back and re-record it but I was impatient to get to the solo.

Man, was that solo hard! I had to cheat a little. I recorded most of it in one go but had to go back and overdub the last bit because my fingers are too slow.

I got bored following the tab for the final solo so I ad-libbed a bit. I broke a string string bending to get that top A which is why it sounds a bit flat at the end – I was scared I would break it again!

I re-recorded the vocals too and was joined in a duet by guest vocalist, Mrs Clown. She was the photographer for the album art too!

Most fun song yet! On to the next one! It will involve dark desert highways.

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13 responses to An End To Weeping

Kevin Lawrence January 26, 2010

Gah! The 192k mp3 file was too big and wordpress disallowed it. I re-exported it as 128k and garageband seems to have ripped out half the instruments.

Jeffrey Fredrick January 26, 2010

Can you get around the size limits by making it a file to be downloaded?

Kevin January 26, 2010

Yes I thought of that. I was going to write a whole other post explaining the pitfalls of garageband but, in the interests of my musical reputation, I will upload the big file now.

Kevin January 26, 2010

There we go. Big file uploaded. Reputation restored. You can hear the piano now. I’ll write another post so you can compare and contrast.

Matt January 26, 2010

What a great set of skills to have!

georgina January 26, 2010

LOVE IT!! As much a
hard time us the family gave you, you rose above it all and produced a good job well done!!

Dianne January 27, 2010

Wow! My cousin is married to one talented fellow. Well done Kev. Loved it!

Deidre January 27, 2010

WOW impressive 🙂 everything you do is fab-O. art, music, tech work. NICeLY done.

Joelle January 27, 2010

Fantastic! Very parital to the background singer too!

Kevin January 27, 2010

Thanks everyone for the kind words!

Looks like Mrs Clown has more fans than I do 🙂

georgina January 27, 2010

We are ALL your fans Mr Clown…all your fans;-)

Stuart Thompson March 1, 2010

Excellent job. For the broken string, I always tune down a semitone on solos like this to give my strings (and my fingers!) a bit of relief.

Looking forward to hearing more of your work.

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