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Wiltshire Downs


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Hickling_Stan

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I grew up in a village in the south England county of Wiltshire; a place of wide open spaces known as the "Downs". This is just a little instumental written in Open G tuning inspired by those big skies and youthful freedom
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Comments: 28
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Downloads: 67
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Uploaded: Apr 14, 2010 - 03:59:18 AM
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2010 - 03:59:18 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 05:11:11 AM
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hackneybloke said 2596 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
wiltshire downs
strange piece...but it works...and as it goes on i like it...a lot. love the vocals at 1.30. it's a grower...and growers are always the best songs.
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Hickling_Stan said 2596 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Glad its growing!
recorded last summer and left to simmer for a few months, it grew on me too!
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lengold said 2596 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
This reminds
me a bit of a Van Morrison type of song. As Julian says, catchy.
Cheers
Len

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Hickling_Stan said 2596 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Ah van the man
hadn't thought of him when i was doing this len but now you mention him, yes i can see the similarity
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Moviz said 2596 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
I can almost
smell the fresh air as I listen to this..... though the vocals at 0.54 seem to me as though they need to be a little more subtle do you think? The later vocals are more in keeping and add a mysterious air, regards M
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Hickling_Stan said 2596 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
fair point
self restraint was never a strong point for me!
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2596 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Open G
Spacious and breezy, much like the picture! Good use of the open tuning's potential (I end up being really harmonically constrained, which you did not...) Nicely done, thanks for sharing!
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michaeljayklein said 2596 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Smell that fresh air
If this village your grew up in is as lovely as your song and performance here, you were one lucky lad! More excellent music--thanks again! Michael
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dave_b said 2596 days ago (April 14th, 2010)
Wiltshire Downs
Nice relaxing groove. Nice picking and tone on the guitar. This tuning is a good choice to express your theme.
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DWL said 2596 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Very nice
I'd agree the vocals at 54 need to come down a bit. Just keep them in the distance as if they're just over that hill wafted in on a breeze. The oohs are much better placed in the mix.

Lovely sound on the guitars.

Cheers

Dick

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Hickling_Stan said 2595 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Hi Dick
I've gone back to the original recording and pulled the vocals at .54 right back. Pity I cannot just replace this version without having to re submit. Cheers mark
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tonestones said 2595 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
The Downs
Man... Beautiful photo. Reminds me a bit of Kentucky. Very mellow sounds. Love the guitar tones. Very nice.
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Hickling_Stan said 2595 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
cheers
and thanks for dropping by. If I evwer get to kentucky I guess I'll feel at home!
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Jarvoid said 2595 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Is it
that the 'Downs' can be the Brit Blues ...I got dem old time Downs?...cool track like this and awesome picking ,nice one Mark.

Jarvo
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Hickling_Stan said 2595 days ago (April 15th, 2010)
Cheers matey
When we were kids it was quite regular for one kid to say to another on his bike, "you going up the downs?" no one thought that was a bit strange at the time...cest la vie!
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blaky smith said 2595 days ago (April 16th, 2010)
The Downs
Beautiful piece Mark, I can hear you are finely inspired by this country, really nicely done, I like it. Thanks...
Marc
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Hickling_Stan said 2594 days ago (April 16th, 2010)
Merci Marc
glad you liked it and thanks for dropping by. Mark
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ste said 2593 days ago (April 18th, 2010)
downs
lovely part of the world summed up well. great guitar work
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Bethan_Mathis said 2592 days ago (April 18th, 2010)
Lovely photo
goes with the very pretty music. Wistful sounding vocals here.
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VicDiesel said 2591 days ago (April 19th, 2010)
Sweet piece
but the vocals need work. You're off by a quarter tone or thereabouts. Exquisite guitar work, though.
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Hickling_Stan said 2591 days ago (April 20th, 2010)
Re done them
on the version on my computer. Cheers for the listen
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Monkaton said 2590 days ago (April 20th, 2010)
Mellow
Sounds like a mellow meadow in the country. The vocal melody is fine, but did you think of doing the melody with a different instrument?

Good job, well played and recorded.
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Calchas said 2589 days ago (April 21st, 2010)
Nice!
I agree with the Van Morrison feel. Verrry pleasant bit O' tuneage here gents. Enjoyed!

Be well!
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Hickling_Stan said 2588 days ago (April 22nd, 2010)
fair point
sometimes you get too close to a piece to hear the faults or your ears just become atuned to them....cest la vie. ta for dropping by
Mark
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Calchas said 2586 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
faults?
what faults?
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T_Being_esq said 2587 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
A very nice piece
Love the groove, would be great without the vocals sat around a camp fire somewhere near Glastonbury.You could get a collaboration going on the vocal, perhaps some words. But hey it's your song and I bet you just loved creating it.
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Hickling_Stan said 2587 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
This is what I like about MJ
you put a song/tune up and it generates so many ideas from others. many thanks for dropping by.
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mrattue said 2467 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Wiltshire Downs
i live in Wiltshire, too, and have an affection for the open spaces, particularly Salisbury Plain. Nice sense of space in the tune, and i enjoyed the pic (i am away on a ship at the moment). The only slight reservation might be the use of an American idiom at times for an English landscape?
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