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Ibstrat's "Birdwatcher" (MJCC11)


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Hey MJers!

It's a great pleasure for me to cover yet another song from one of my main influences, the guitar wizard of MJ, Mark Stunkel. I came across the Cover Challenge thread about 2 weeks ago and I liked the idea. I didn't think I'd make it on time since I was on a short notice, but after about 2 intense hours last week, I managed to figure out this beautiful tune of Ibstrat's. So, I sent him a message requesting for his permission and he granted me the right to "do whatever or change anything" I want to.

Getting to record the piece was even more challenging; I recorded, edited, and mixed what you're hearing just a few hours ago. I'm disabling the download button because I'm not really satisfied with the outcome but I still hope you enjoy it!

Mr. Stunkel, your music does something to me that I can't express with words. Each piece of yours is a study in itself and I hope I get to do more and more of tunes! Knowing you over the last 4 years years enriched me as a guitarist in so many ways, so thank you for everything!

Please check out the original version HERE, which happened to be his first tune at MJ!

Here's another cover of an Ibstrat tune I did a few months ago: Alman/Ballad/Jig.

Last but not least, a special shout-out to jdholliday for organizing this event. You rock! :)

Kind regards,
- Yeman
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Uploaded: Jan 12, 2011 - 11:22:50 PM
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 - 07:05:37 PM Last Played: May 09, 2017 - 12:15:29 PM
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Elevator_Funk said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
...
beautiful. crystal clear recording, great technique and great song.
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Hickling_Stan said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Superb
clarity and very assured playing, giving the notes chance to ring. Really liked this one. Cheers mark
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RochaMalhada said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
sure you've
made Mark very proud with this beautiful delivery. Lovely

. - Harold
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Roxylee said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Yeman, this is beautiful
I have no idea how you're not satisfied with this- it sounds perfect to me.
Wonderful playing. :-)
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crissew said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Beautiful
Love your rendition of this beautiful song. Superbly played, very clean and well articulated with emotion. Loved it!
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davisamerica said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
yemen....
i want a download cos this sounds wonderful to my ears. you convey such a sense of grace when you play ..... this was a perfect show case for your unbelievable talent. Great track!
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Feter said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
The Birdwatcher
You little wizard you ..I m sure Mark is so proud of you and so happy to see his gem turn played by your hands ...wonderful job Yeman !!
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MarkHolbrook said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Can't think of
two better guitarists to cover each other! Outstanding Yeman!
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Char said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Lovely.
Quietly but overwhelmingly magnificent as a composition and as a demonstration of your artful playing. (Are you hearing what the rest of us hear, Yeman?) Thank you.
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ShadowofNine said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Bravo
Nice treatment...
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awigze said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Birdman Watcher
amazing tune - its quite a compliment to get covered but when it sounds this good, it must be satisfying to all. Its also amazing how things become more defined and your path is already charted so that one can concentrate on more aspects of the song. This is a beauty....
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dantimmermans said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
woah
what an incredible performance! your technique is beautiful and this really is a delightful song. Thank you for your effort.
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kevmikwa said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Shades of Dan Fogelberg
... and I do mean that as a compliment. I can only describe his playing (and yours) as extremely thoughtful and well-crafted. I listened to your version before hearing Mark's because I didn't want to have my listening biased (though I will listen to it soon). I must echo Hickling_Stan in that the moments where you let the strings ring are sublime. I also want to add myself to the pile of folks wondering what it is you're not satisfied with here, as it excels in every phase. I tried to find a nit, but couldn't.

Thanks for sharing this one.
pablatone said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
my how you've grown!
Very nice Bird, you're really becoming an accomplished fingerstylist!
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magnatone said 2322 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
WOZERS
yeman, this is just sensational! you are WAY too young to be this good!
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Ibstrat said 2321 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
had
a quick listen at work- I'l write more later. All I can say is this is fantastic, I love your inerpretation, tone, and ornaments. Thank you so much Yeman!
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michaeljayklein said 2321 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Simply...
...superb. Can't add anything more!
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jdholliday said 2321 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
Yemen late to the party
and you come up with a gorgeous rendition of a beautiful piece, wow dude you play this wonderfully, literally brought tears to my eyes! Mark must be thrilled! Super post!
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Ibstrat said 2321 days ago (January 13th, 2011)
As
You probably know, I have been unable to play acoustic guitar for years because of a very strange nerve/pain syndrome in my left hand. I'm lucky that I can play at all, but I miss the acoustic terribly.To hear you play this so well on acoustic (Pretty much all of my solo stuff should be acoustic) is like a dream come true.I'm flattered that I inspired you in some way. You are really talented. Thanks Yeman!
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2318 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
I'm flattered...
... to read those words from the master himself. Thank you for allowing me to cover this tune and I'm glad that you liked it! Lookin' forward to the day when you can treat us with an *acoustic* tune of yours ;)
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ted23 said 2321 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Dont
Think the word delightful has been used yet!
Sweet playing and production. A pleasure to listen to
Ed Hannifin said 2321 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Done with a lot of heart, Yeman...
I think you've done a wonderful thing here--first in bringing your own considerable musical talents and perspective to Mark's piece, but also in letting people hear a real acoustic interpretation of one of Mark's songs...

The recording and playing here are sonorous and fluid, nicely musical. I don't know what's not up to your standard, but I want a copy!
J.A.Stewart said 2321 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Taking Wing...
Beautiful job, Yeman. It has been a delight to listen to your development over the past few years. This is another demonstration that you have taken wing and are flying high on all the hard work and musicianship you have worked at during these years. I am very proud of you... you have applied yourself with truly remarkable results. ;)


--- Joe
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papag said 2321 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Tres
This is sweet B! Clean and lively. Thanks for sharing.
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Calchas said 2321 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
mmmmmm.......
Simply beautiful. What else is there?

Be well my friend!
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Pete_NB said 2321 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Fantastic
Superb tone and technique.
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jiguma said 2321 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
You could do worse
than emulate Mark Yeman. This is very beautifully played - especially considering the short notice. For me it exemplifies what MJ can be - young devotee learning at the feet of the recognised master - and slowly becoming a master himself. Apart from your beautiful playing , I really admire your attitude Yeman - your family must be very proud of you.
Best wishes for 2011 from Australia,
Neil
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alackbass said 2320 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
(MJCC11) Ibstrat's
You're "not really satisfied with the outcome?" Are you f*#%ing kidding me? This is an amazing performance and I would download it if I could!
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Carrie71 said 2320 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
Beautiful
Wow! Just simply beautiful.
guygrooves said 2320 days ago (January 14th, 2011)
We're
lucky to have both you and Mark with us. Thank you my friend, for sharing your gift with us.
Peace
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futzpucker said 2320 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Very, very well done
Excellent interpretation and beautiful playing from the heart. You are an amazing young man, Yeman. Congratulations on this wonderful song. I'm very pleased its composer loved your version. You've done a great job of choosing your inspiration in this case.
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bud said 2320 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Yeman - this is beautiful
your talent was so strong when you got here - and you've become more and more confident over the years. This was a great choice to cover and you did a magnificent job.
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Doadars Uncle said 2320 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Captured
You caught me with this! Wonderful!
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apb said 2320 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
This is soo good!
It is played to perfection and the recording it top notch. Simply beautiful rendition.
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Vic Holman said 2320 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
flys like a bird
i don't know Yeman this sounds pretty good to me.

excellent job on recording this. the guitar sounds rich with the harmonics of the strings coming though
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RAVENS said 2320 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Beautiful
Wow this brought me to another world for a while. Your playing is simply gorgeous. Wow, what a wonderful tune.

RAVEN ;-)
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davisamerica2 said 2319 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
Beautiful playing, Yeman
Hardly seems fair. We old guys should be able to do this in two hours. You young guys have more time. Take two years. Ha! I really enjoy your gift. I'm eager to hear more. Peace. Terry
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Sigmund said 2319 days ago (January 15th, 2011)
The Birdwatcher
Beautiful. I am impressed with your playing here. It is exceptionally good. Your picking is smooth and precise. If I could have, I would have DL'd. Thanks for posting this - much enjoyed -
Sig
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composerclark said 2319 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
This makes me...
weepy. It is just so pretty, played absolutely perfectly, with soul, sensitivity, and joy. You are a terrific talent, and I know you must have worked at developing your skills for many, many hours to become as good as you are. Here's hoping you will continue to enjoy playing the guitar for many years to come!
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dave_b said 2319 days ago (January 16th, 2011)
The Birdwatcher
A lovely tune, played beautifully. Two thumbs up!
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John Stebbe said 2318 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
Beautiful
Birdman, this is a gorgeous track. You're only 15? That just can't be. You play with the feel and emotion of someone who has been around much longer. Your technique and intonation are just beautiful. Your feel for rubato and other liberties is first-rate. I love the last chord!
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Moviz said 2318 days ago (January 17th, 2011)
Yeman
you're such a wonderful virtuoso..... this sounds terrific and as others have said the clarity is great and I love those harmonics near the end, regards M
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hackneybloke said 2317 days ago (January 18th, 2011)
birdwatcher
i love the resonating after-glow on this. and the space you leave between phrases is tantalisingly long...but works. cool rendition of the guitar guru that is ibstrat. crystal clear and beautifully played.
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PeterB7858 said 2317 days ago (January 18th, 2011)
I can only echo...
Hi Yemen. Playing catchup listening after being camping for a couple of weeks and I can only echo the comments of many others, your rendition of this piece is just wonderful. Congratulations. It would have been an automatic download! Warm regards, Peter.
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Silky5 said 2317 days ago (January 18th, 2011)
Dissatisfied ?
And I thought I was cranky over perfection ;-) He He. Very lovely structure and chordal structures. Enjoyable indeed great playing
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lengold said 2315 days ago (January 20th, 2011)
Just
gorgeous Yeman,
I didn't realise that I had missed any of Mark's tunes - but I had missed this one, so double thanks.
Cheers
Len

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paul f. page said 2314 days ago (January 21st, 2011)
Wonderfully clean track...
You couldn't find a better tune to cover, Yeman. Mark's work is always beautiful, and you have given this number new life with your careful rendition of it. It has been a pleasure hearing how your own style and playing have been developing in the last couple of years or so. You are playing with such security and attention to the details of shading and so forth. This classical style is an art that is fading from general music culture. YOU and a few others are keeping it alive. More, please.
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Bob6stringer said 2313 days ago (January 21st, 2011)
Such a treat to have 1 gr8 talent cover another.
Yeman, I dashed over to Mark's original before listening to your version. This is SO MUCH FUN! Two guitarists with fantastic ability to deliver beauty in a pure, clean style. To hear you cover Mark teaches me something about each of you. What it is, I can't say, but I'm better informed for having this comparison. So cool. Thanks.
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blaky smith said 2312 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Performance
Great playing, very clean, beautiful delivery. Always a pleasure to hear you Yeman...
Marc
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guitapick said 2312 days ago (January 23rd, 2011)
Beautiful, Yeman...
...your guitar sounds beautiful and your playing brings out the best in it.

I love this tune, too.
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FEEL said 2310 days ago (January 24th, 2011)
Yeman
This is fantatstic... It's so well executed. Enjoyed!
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falcef said 2299 days ago (February 5th, 2011)
Ibstrat's "The Birdwatcher"
Hello good musician the song is beautiful and interesting sounds are good choice and rhythm. Congratulations and best wishes from falcef hello in Italy. Guitar sound ottimo
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tokai said 2294 days ago (February 10th, 2011)
Well now
how a guitar should be played. You make it sound so easy, but there are some complex moments throughout. Love the key changes and the pull off thrills. Excellent playing Yeman.
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