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Flim-Flamenco


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J.A.Stewart

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The guitar has been a friend – and a refuge – to me for many years.

When I was stricken last year with a severely painful pinched nerve that took away my ability to play guitar, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to play again. There was residual nerve damage to my left hand and fingers, with no guarantee that it wasn’t permanent.

Rather than surrender to that depressing thought, I set out to work on my long-neglected keyboard skills... to make the best of a bad situation. Playing keyboards doesn’t require the same hand strength guitar does. It was still difficult, because there was a loss of agility, speed and dexterity in my left hand and digits, but I persisted.

I wrote this piece as an etude for myself and the exercise seems to have helped restore me to about 85% of my previous functionality.

This is a LIVE performance, warts and all... no edits. I ran a direct feed from my Yamaha PSR-530’s sound out jack to GB for this recording, as well as a MIDI out, to give the illusion of an ensemble. But it is all really just one take – one performance.

I played it as a guitar piece, hoping it would serve to create a mindset for me, to stay focused on my recovery... and my goal to play guitar again. It seems to be working. ;)
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Hits: 3530
Comments: 45
Fans: 10
Plays: 167
Downloads: 28
Votes: 12
Uploaded: Jul 26, 2007 - 02:47:12 PM
Last Updated: Nov 08, 2007 - 11:09:24 PM Last Played: Jun 22, 2017 - 12:33:10 PM
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Yamaha PSR-530; MOTU 828mkII (FW) Interface
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Comments
HOKEY POKEY said 3712 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Excellent work
This piece sounds real fine - outstanding as it is a first take. I hope you can fully recover from your injury.
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J.A.Stewart said 3712 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Re: Excellent work
Thanks, HP for listening, commenting and your positive wishes.

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
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said 3712 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Ian is missing from this one !!! GRAET JOB
Let me be the first one Joe ..
Really great tone, is that a real guitar ?? or you used a loop ?? and if it was a real guitar then i must say .. "GREAT and more than that" ..
2nd : is that one guitar ?? REALLY LIKED ALL OF IT ..

This must to be one of the hits at MJ.
Really great work you do, i'm glad you back here with such a great piece.
Thanks for sharing this one here with us ..

Regardz
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Yeman Auf Al-Rawi

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J.A.Stewart said 3712 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Re: Missing...
Thank you for your kind words my young friend...

No, it is NOT a guitar... I played this on a MIDI keyboard, using the built-in Classical guitar setting, which I fed into GarageBand as a Real Instrument. I also recorded the same performance --- at the same time --- as a MIDI Instrument track and used a stereo guitar MIDI plugin (with a different tonality) to give it that fuller ensemble sound.

As I said, I haven't fully recovered --- YET --- so I couldn't manage this piece on guitar. I'm not certain I could pull off this style on guitar... never tried it. But perhaps, in time, I will. ;)

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
composerclark said 3712 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Sounds great
I hear no warts; it sounds great to me. It seems like it should all be very playable on guitar... in fact, I just grabbed my guitar and tried playing along with it, and it works great! You don't have a notated version of this by any chance, do you?

Your pinched nerve problem sounds absolutely terrible. I don't play much guitar these days, but I still grab it periodically for some comfort, and it would be very stressful not to be able to do that whenever I wanted. I wish you all the best with your recovery.
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J.A.Stewart said 3712 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Re: Sounds Great
Thanks, Clark... you ARE a gentleman, as well as a scholar. But the warts are always most visible to the eyes closest to them, n'est pas?

I do believe I could produce notation if I dropped the midi track into Logic... if I can recall how to generate it... I've only done it once before. If you are really interested, send me a message with your email and I'll see if I can do it.

Thanks for the positive wishes. Four months ago, my attempts at the guitar sounded like I was playing a washboard. Today, while I still can't manage some of the stretches and the speed for lead playing (my left ring finger and little finger had the most damage), I can play everything short of complex jazz chordings fairly well. At this point, I am grateful I can play at all. ;)

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
said 3712 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
I gotta say...
J.A., this is one "stops-me-and-immediately-captures-me" kind of a composition and recording. Must give big props to you on this... and the story behind only makes it shine all the more... a pleasure to listen.

... some would say, sunshine, I would say, much appreciation.
said 3712 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
And...
I hope the full recovery of the use of your hand is yours in the near future...

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It's just music... Dadai
J.A.Stewart said 3712 days ago (July 26th, 2007)
Re: I gotta say...
Thanks for the props, Jack. I'm glad you enjoyed it --- and found pleasure in it and in the story behind it. It always gives me pleasure to salvage something positive out of bad situations.

It's the ultimate form of creativity. ;)

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... Flim-Flamenco
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Moviz said 3711 days ago (July 27th, 2007)
Well I for one
will be sending out healing thoughts to you for your full recovery. This piece is wonderful and at first, on hearing a few notes thought it was a guitar, but then realizedit wasn't (though the sound is excellent). That takes nothing away from the dexterity of your playing or from the wonderful song, regards M
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J.A.Stewart said 3710 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Re: Well I for one
Thank you for listening and for the healing thoughts, Maurice.

The curious thing about this whole thing is that in all the years I played guitar, I don't believe I ever played any flamenco style music. But when I was confined to the keyboard, it just sort of happened.

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
eanbardsley said 3711 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Such a beautiful...
piece of music. Great going, 80% recovery of the hands from it therapy!!!
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eanbardsley said 3711 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
I mean,...
85%!!!

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J.A.Stewart said 3710 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Re: Such a beautiful...
Thanks for listening and commenting, Ian.

Yes this piece --- and others --- have been my primary form of therapy. The only other thing I did was squeeze a little rubber ball, to try to regain some of my strength... and constant attempts to play acoustic guitar.

Only very recently have I been able to play Ac Guitar with any semblance of my former ability. But I keep working at it. ;)

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Cori Ander said 3710 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Love it
I love the tune. It doesn't have to be digested as an etude, I hear a lot of really enjoyable musicality in here.

It inspires me to hear how you approach the siutation. What you describe sounds like something that shoudn't happen to a guitar player if everything was right in order. The music is so important to the world and a musical mind like yours shouldn't be hindered.
I have the recovery of your hand in my prayers.
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J.A.Stewart said 3710 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Re: Love it...
Thank you for your words and prayers, my friend.

You're right --- it shouldn't happen to a guitar player... or anyone. But it does. So you do what you have to do. The hardest part was hearing the doctor say it was possible the nerve damage was permanent and that I might never regain my physical abilities again.

Thank heaven, that now does NOT appear to be the case. ;)


--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Leon said 3710 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
amazing!
I LOVE your love for music, that against the odds of your hand difficulties you continue to create music that inspires! This awe-inspiring performance is a testament to your unwavering energy and passion for what you, and we, love most...
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J.A.Stewart said 3710 days ago (July 28th, 2007)
Re: Amazing...
Thanks for your kind comments and thoughts, Leon. I am pleased you liked the piece.

Yes, passion IS a powerful fuel for the human *engine*.

I try to conserve it for the people and things I love. I seem to get better mileage that way. ;)


--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
thetiler said 3708 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Cool sounds
Nice structure, lots of great infectious guitar type feel.

WAy to go!
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J.A.Stewart said 3708 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Re: Cool Sounds
Thanks, Bill... it's probably because I still *think* like a guitar player when playing the keyboards... and the only way I'll be able to approach your unique stylings on the guitar. ;)

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
bjack said 3708 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Beautiful Piece
Sorry to hear about your injury. I hope it heals back to 100% for you. It almost sounds like you played it on guitar. Real nice.
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J.A.Stewart said 3708 days ago (July 30th, 2007)
Re: Beautiful Piece
Hey, Barry... thx for stopping by and giving it a listen.

I see you've been gone for awhile, too. Welcome back!

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
stacey said 3707 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Amazing
WOW! This is beautiful! You will absolutely play guitar again. There is no doubt at all. You love it too much not to. And it shows even in this keyboard piece, which, b the way, sounds just lie a guitar!

Gorgeous, as always!
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J.A.Stewart said 3707 days ago (July 31st, 2007)
Re: Amazing
Thanks for the positive vibes, Stacey. I already can play guitar again, but not as well, or as fluently as before.
Still, I keep working at it. ;)

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
said 3703 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Love it
Thanks for this one fits well to a day like this.
Awww soon I come to be in US and my dream comes true to be with my love.
One's again thanks for this beauty.
I think we come to listen on this me and my love.

Take care
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Kenta
J.A.Stewart said 3703 days ago (August 4th, 2007)
Re: Love It
Thanks, Kenta.

I wish you and your Love all the happiness.

What an adventure! :)

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Magritte said 3702 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
This is superb
I just love the feel of travelling over soft hills with all the soft changes and the forward impetus. Beautifully written, beautifully played. I very much look forward to hearing you play this on your guitar one day as I know you will.
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J.A.Stewart said 3702 days ago (August 5th, 2007)
Re: Superb
Thanks, Magritte, for your encouraging words.

I'm pleased you enjoyed the tune.

--- Joe

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LIVE TAKE!!!... <a href="http://www.macjams.com/song/33901">Flim-Flamenco</a>
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Dj French Toast said 3694 days ago (August 13th, 2007)
I loved
it great tune and its amazing that it was done on a keyboard! Hell learn to play the guitar with your teeth if need be . Downloaded
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J.A.Stewart said 3693 days ago (August 14th, 2007)
Re: I Loved it
Thanks, Benny. I'm glad you liked it.

Hmm... interesting idea about playing guitar with my teeth. But then I might rough up the rose I have clenched in my teeth as I dance to the flamenco music. ;)

--- Joe

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8piscean8 said 3531 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Moving
This piece is moving and inspirational. I hope you play guitar again soon!
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J.A.Stewart said 3530 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Re: Moving...
Thanks, Adam. I glad you enjoyed it.

Actually, in the months since I posted that I have been slowly recovering and have plateaued at around 90% of my former strength and agility. So I will soon be posting more guitar work. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
8piscean8 said 3530 days ago (January 24th, 2008)
Great!
Sounds good! Glad you're making progress. Keep on going!
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Warren Smith said 3503 days ago (February 20th, 2008)
keyboard inspiration
Here, all along, I've been wishing I could play the guitar like Joe Hollywood ... and now I've got to add the piano to my wish list : >

Sorry to hear about your nerve-wracking disability. Life just isn't fair. In the end, as nasty as the concept of plateauing is, the fact that stands out is 90% is better than zero gain.

Perhaps this is a demonstration of the healing power of music?

Your hand strength may be operating at 90-percent, but this delightful, inspiring keyboard study shows your mental agaility is still operating at full capacity.
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J.A.Stewart said 3503 days ago (February 21st, 2008)
Re: Keyboard Inspiration...
Thanks, Warren.

Believe me when I say I'm grateful to have recovered as much as I have. The doctors told me there was no way to predict whether or not the nerve damage was permanent, or whether I would recover at all.

So what I have recovered seems like a WHOLE lot to me, compared to what little I was left with while I was stricken. ;)

--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Remark80 said 3495 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Remarkable guitar!!
Wow, Wow, Wow!! Can you tell that I love your guitar work here. Are you playing the bass with your thumb or is there another guitar playing with you? Great tune man.
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J.A.Stewart said 3495 days ago (February 28th, 2008)
Re: Remarkable Guitar!!...
Thanks, Sean... but if you read the song description notes, you'll discover that I performed this etude on a MIDI keyboard, because a pinched nerve took away my ability to play guitar for a long while.

But thanks for listening and commenting. I guess it's even more of a compliment because you thought it was played on guitar. ;)

--- Joe
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Remark80 said 3493 days ago (March 1st, 2008)
guitar? ooops
Soemthing to strive for I guess. Anyway, great song.
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said 3458 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Beautiful

I use GBand also play keyboard your playing is really cool love it.
I love the chords you chose brilliant. Cheers
Peace Dee .
J.A.Stewart said 3458 days ago (April 5th, 2008)
Re: Beautiful...
Thank you, Dee.

Playing the keys in a classic guitar style was an interesting exercise, but I've worked my way back to playing guitar and will soon be posting more current material.

I'll be sure to listen to your keyboard work. Anything in particular I should listen to?


--- Joe
Check out my latest song called Crankenhurst Challenge - Verse 1-7 (Inst. Break)
Bob6stringer said 3449 days ago (April 14th, 2008)
HUGE effort here...
"Ditto" what Leon said, he said it best IMHO. I don't know the first thing about keys, much less the tech side of today's keys. It must've be a lot harder to use your brain to click-in the individual notes that your guitar hands know as innate muscle memory... kudos on this huge effort. And in case I need to say it: you've got a great SOUND here, too... this isn't a "charitable" message of appreciation, but one my ears thank you for.
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J.A.Stewart said 3448 days ago (April 15th, 2008)
Re: HUGE...
Thanks, Bob. The keys were my second instrument, so I also have some muscle memory developed for them, as well. But playing the part on keys as if I was playing it on guitar was an interesting experience. ;)


--- Joe

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Kicbal said 3271 days ago (October 9th, 2008)
Very Pretty
Pretty amazing for a 1st take. I am by no means an expert on classical style guitar/piano progression songs, but I love the sound. I even hear a bit of latin classical in there, very cool!
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J.A.Stewart said 3270 days ago (October 10th, 2008)
Re: Very pretty...
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've done better exercises on this tune, but this is the one I recorded for this live version. ;)


--- Joe
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PaulaMunk said 2180 days ago (October 6th, 2011)
I admire
your perseverance. I have got to say, I love this with all my heart. I'm a sucker for this kind of Latin, romantic sound. Thank you.
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J.A.Stewart said 2179 days ago (October 6th, 2011)
Re: I admire...
Thank you, Char. I am so glad that this resonates within you. The composition came out of nowhere, inspired by a budding relationship with a Caucasian woman... go figure. ;)


--- Joe
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