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My last few posts have been inspired by a recent trip to Broome in north-west Western Australia. This post had its genesis at the small seaside town of Mallacoota in far east Victoria - diagonally across the continent :-)

I got up early to photograph the sunrise, and of course my guitar came out for a look, too :-)

PRS Angelus, unedited live take, X/Y AKG condenser mics placed about 10" away from the 14th fret. The first chord is Amadd9 - nice chord!

See what you think.

Kind regards,

Peter :-)
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davisamerica said 908 days ago (October 3rd, 2014)
Vacations are good
I tend to do my listening from the back deck as of late and as I listen this was so wonderful as a back drop to a terrific east texas sunset
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PeterB7858 said 908 days ago (October 3rd, 2014)
To life
Thanks, Jack. Back deck, sunset, acoustic guitar, a touch of "Jack" perhaps (?) - life sounds pretty good. Take care, Peter.
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alackbass said 908 days ago (October 3rd, 2014)
Mallacoota Musing
Really enjoyed this. Love the tempo change. Great recorded tone.
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PeterB7858 said 908 days ago (October 3rd, 2014)
Duelling noodles
Thanks, Andrew. The uptempo section was initially a completely separate "noodle" until I realised they worked in well together. Take care, Peter.
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Daugrin said 908 days ago (October 3rd, 2014)
Amajadd9
Riding off into the sunset is an American west icon, from an ancient institution call the western. Anyway... it sounded like this here.

Daug
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PeterB7858 said 908 days ago (October 3rd, 2014)
Happy
Happy for the piece to conjure up whatever feeling it brings you, Daug. It's just a minor thing :-) Take care, Peter.
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Narad said 908 days ago (October 4th, 2014)
Mallacoota
Beautiful play and colorful inspiration !

P.S. I guess you place your microphone too up, because one can hear too distinctly your breathing.
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PeterB7858 said 907 days ago (October 4th, 2014)
Sensitive
Thanks for the kind words, Harald. The mics were pointed at the guitar but they are very sensitive and pick up my breathing no matter where I point them. Guess it shows I'm alive :-) Take care, Peter.
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richard13 said 908 days ago (October 4th, 2014)
Lovely, as usual, Peter
and there's nothing minor about it.

Thanks for the d/l.
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PeterB7858 said 907 days ago (October 4th, 2014)
Inspiration
Thanks, Richard. My new guitar is providing plenty of inspiration. Take care, Peter.
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Cori Ander said 908 days ago (October 4th, 2014)
Soulful music
Oh this was great! The introductive part so soulful one can sense the early morning in a faaaaar distand place (from here).
Thank you for this Peter!
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PeterB7858 said 907 days ago (October 4th, 2014)
Greatly appreciated
Thanks for dropping by, Johannes. Any kudos from you re guitar playing is greatly appreciated. The PRS Angelus is quite new and very inspiring. It is a wonderful guitar. Take care, Peter.
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KCsGROOVE said 908 days ago (October 4th, 2014)
mallacoota
Wonderful playing Peter
it reflectas the calm of the sunrise, a new day born
Love the tone of that guitar
Good one!
KC
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PeterB7858 said 907 days ago (October 4th, 2014)
Inspiration
Thanks, Cees. The guitar inspires me to come up with pieces that illustrate its true tone. Glad you liked it. Kind regards, Peter.
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bud said 907 days ago (October 4th, 2014)
Beautiful tune
and a sweet sounding instrument you have there. Not that I could do it justice the way you do here - but the cruelest irony of my current situation is that my Martin was in the shop getting a fret job and new compensated bridge when I did my shoulder in.
Hearing this made me realize how good it feels to cradle and acoustic and coax a tune out of her. Really well done.
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PeterB7858 said 907 days ago (October 5th, 2014)
Twitchy...
Thanks, Bud. I feel your pain. I know when I am separated from my guitars for a while I start to get all twitchy... I have just been away for a week again without one (flying there and back) and I am thinking of getting a uke so that I can take it as passenger luggage, just to have something with strings to play. The Martin will be waiting patiently. They are good friends like that :-) Hang in there. Kind regards, Peter.
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michaeljayklein said 907 days ago (October 5th, 2014)
I just close my eyes...
...listen, and I'm there. Beautiful Peter!
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PeterB7858 said 907 days ago (October 5th, 2014)
Being there
Thanks, Michael. "Being there" is what I am aiming for, recording wise. Take care, Peter.
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Philip18 said 907 days ago (October 5th, 2014)
Mallacoota Musing
Nice moody feel to this. Full sound from the PRS. Good change of tempo. A very live sound (including squeaks and breathing) - I like it! Gentle melody. All good!
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PeterB7858 said 906 days ago (October 5th, 2014)
Good description
Thanks, Philip. Moody is a good description for the first section. It does have a touch of pre-dawn apprehension about how the day will unfold. The uptempo section was originally a completely separate tune but, in the end, I was able to link it in with the first section. Talk soon. Regards, Peter.
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jiguma said 906 days ago (October 5th, 2014)
Good old Malla'!
Lovely playing Peter, and yes, I feel/hear the Malla connection. A very nice post (but I still reckon you could think about a way to minimise the breathing accompaniment).
Cheers - we must be due for a Mallacoota meeting some day :)
Neil
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PeterB7858 said 906 days ago (October 6th, 2014)
The Masked Guitarist :-)
Hi Neil. Thanks for the kind words. Yes, the breathing is an issue I must address. I have recorded with a dust mask on but it feels weird... I might have to investigate a less intrusive masking arrangement, a bandana, perhaps? I have looked at minimising it in post production but there is usually a note decay going on at the same time that I want to preserve so a standard noise gate doesn't work. Are there frequency selective noise gates? I can't find one in Logic Pro X. Anyway, I will work harder at it for my next instrumental. And yes, it would be great to catch up next time I am down Mallacoota way. Talk soon, Peter,
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rok41 said 906 days ago (October 5th, 2014)
Malacoota
Once again, you floor me with your acoustic fingerstyled prowess. A real player and composer! You always have a way of creating and emoting a mood, a rare talent. Regarding the breathing that Neil mentions, you might try a gate, even in post production.
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PeterB7858 said 906 days ago (October 6th, 2014)
Inspiration
Kind words, Chris. In terms of where the inspiration comes from, I suppose I just noodle some of my favourite chords and get a starting point and then I am able to think, in my head, where a tune might sound good going next, so I keep noodling until the next section is sorted, etc.. I often just use a single note melody line to try and work out where to head next, then play numerous chords/partial chords that include the note with associated pull-ons/offs/slides, etc. until it sounds okay. Re the breathing and post production, see my response to Neil, above. More than happy to hear about any tricks you know of that might work bit I think eliminating it in the first place is probably still easiest. It actually doesn't really bother me on this post. To me, it was more obvious on the last post... Take care, Peter.
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paul f. page said 906 days ago (October 6th, 2014)
Always a pleasure...
...to hear you "thinking" with your guitar as you soak up nature and react to it. This is a very thoughtful, contemplative piece that is restrained at the beginning in anticipation of the quicker movement around 1:40 or so. At that point, your skill as a guitarist really begins to shine. (Somehow the chord progressions reminded me of "The House of the Rising Sun." ... could be a strange coincidence since YOUR sunrise is a completely different thought/theme). I really enjoy these short excursions into what YOU see and hear and always find them peaceful. Your playing skills are so pleasant to hear each and every time.
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PeterB7858 said 905 days ago (October 6th, 2014)
Subliminal
Thanks, Paul. Yes, pre-dawn is often a thoughtful, reflective time for me where I sit quietly and noodle on the guitar (and hope I don't wake anyone up). You are spot on with the "House of the Rising Sun" reference. The first three chords of the uptempo section are the first three from that famous song. Not done on purpose but perhaps an example of the subliminal mind at work. I appreciate your ongoing support. Kind regards, Peter.
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Garni said 906 days ago (October 6th, 2014)
Mallacoota
Loving this very much

G-)
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PeterB7858 said 905 days ago (October 6th, 2014)
Transcend
Thanks, Gerald. Our "go to" musical styles are quite different but I love how music transcends genres and boundaries. Take care, Peter.
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Sigmund said 905 days ago (October 6th, 2014)
Mallacoota Musing
Nice piece, and a timelessly beautiful chord progression. You get such a rich toner from your guitar! I see a couple of comments about the breathing, so I will give my two cents. First, I listened on speakers - yes, computer speakers but they are Bose so I expect some fidelity. Breathing wasn't an issue so I'm guessing it's a bit more present in the phones, BUT - imo, you are, after all, a human being playing the guitar - you need to breathe! I say don't worry about it - doesn't distract from the work you have created. Great job Peter - much enjoyed!
Sig
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PeterB7858 said 905 days ago (October 7th, 2014)
To breathe or not to breathe :-)
Thanks, Sig. I am so pleased you are enjoying these acoustic pieces. I agree that, through speakers, the breathing in this post isn't a a distraction. Through headphones it is a touch more noticeable but nothing too disturbing, I would have thought. Still, I can probably minimise it without too much effort during the recording process. The room noise, squeaks and creaks will still be there. Thanks for your support. Kind regards, Peter.
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FEEL said 905 days ago (October 6th, 2014)
Beautiful piece of music
Nice recording and I enjoy listening to you master your guitar.
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PeterB7858 said 905 days ago (October 7th, 2014)
Great fun trying
Thanks, John. I don't think "master" will ever be the right word :-) Co-exist, perhaps? Anyway, it is great fun trying. Take care, Peter.
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The_Applesauce_Project said 904 days ago (October 7th, 2014)
Truly Beautiful
Wonderful playing, and the tune is absolutely lovely. Love the tempo changes and the overall mood. Thank you for sharing!
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PeterB7858 said 904 days ago (October 8th, 2014)
Appreciative
Thanks, John. Very kind words. Glad you like it. I appreciate you stopping by. Take care, Peter.
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Vic Holman said 904 days ago (October 7th, 2014)
musical musing
obviously your guitar does have eyes.... and your fingers nailed the vision.

this one heck of a great composition. masterfullly played Peter!
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PeterB7858 said 904 days ago (October 8th, 2014)
Spoof
Sounds like a horror movie spoof. "The Guitars Have Eyes..." :-) Thanks, as always, Vic. Take care, Peter.
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groovehounds said 904 days ago (October 8th, 2014)
Mallacoota Musing
Yes ... a very nice chord. You seem to have worked out a good system for mic placement ... fabulous tone ... rich but not boomy. Really like the tempo change. I quite like breathing ... fret noises etc. especially for this live and intimate style of performance. Wonderful Peter!
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PeterB7858 said 903 days ago (October 8th, 2014)
Que Sera, Sera
Thanks, Stan. The mic placement (and some judicious low end EQ curves) are starting to get things where I am happy that I am representing the fabulous tone of the guitar that I hear directly via a recording. Anyway, this piece will hopefully get smoother the more I practice it. The "live on the floor" approach is warts and all and the mics probably do amplify all the squeaks and rattles just a touch more than desirable, but... I am just some bloke at home with some mics and a guitar and not Martin Taylor in a top end recording studio so we get what we get :-) Take care, Peter.
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Bob Rodgers said 903 days ago (October 9th, 2014)
Lovely
guitar playing Peter, a fine song with some nice chords and finger picking.
Lovely tone on the acoustic and I like the tempo change, very much enjoyed.

Bob
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PeterB7858 said 902 days ago (October 9th, 2014)
Glad
Thanks, Bob. Glad you liked what I came up with. The guitar is a beauty. Hope things are well. Regards, Peter.
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Fire_Angel said 899 days ago (October 13th, 2014)
Lovely guitar work...
...and a fine tune. I like the way that carefully chosen pauses are used, precise little hesitations that are just right for the piece. It's a rare thing to see hesitation so well used, so that's great stuff. A cut above the average acoustic piece.
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PeterB7858 said 899 days ago (October 13th, 2014)
Anticipation
Thank, FA Yes, the pauses do add a sense of anticipation. Glad you liked this. I appreciate your kind words. Take care, Peter.
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Charday said 896 days ago (October 15th, 2014)
Hey Peter
youdaman i love it!!!!!!!!!! Jd.
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PeterB7858 said 896 days ago (October 16th, 2014)
The man from down under
Thanks, JD. Just a man and his guitar :-) Take care, my friend. Peter.
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VicDiesel said 892 days ago (October 20th, 2014)
Oz
Your touristic impressions are appreciated as always. Cool stuff.
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PeterB7858 said 889 days ago (October 22nd, 2014)
Lucky
Thanks, Vic. I'm lucky that I have got to travel round a fair bit this year and see parts of Australia I haven't been to before. Now I just need to pluck up enough courage to take a guitar on the plane... Thinking of getting a tenor uke :-) Regards, Peter.
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