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Default What a Difference a Day Makes - 19-10-2009, 10:14 AM

Hi Friends, Here's my version of What a Difference a Day Makes, using the Tap Dance Swing, and some multi tracking on ch 5, hope you like it...Pam





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Default Re: What a Difference a Day Makes - 19-10-2009, 02:47 PM

Hi Pam
A different style for this song to what is usual but it worked ok. Thought the whistle was a bit dry (needed some reverb) and maybe the song a tad long but very nice to listen to all the same.
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Default Re: What a Difference a Day Makes - 19-10-2009, 02:59 PM

Hi Pam.

Thats one of those styles that gets a bit too busy at times, and with all the fill ins, can take over a little from the melody.

Perhaps a stronger opening vioce would have worked a little better ?

Anyhow, still a pleasant arrangement, and a nice light hearted performance.

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Default Re: What a Difference a Day Makes - 19-10-2009, 04:24 PM

Ha Pam,
I see you've taken to the Tap Dancing again,,,,, Very cheerful and nice song love how you do that swing
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Default Re: What a Difference a Day Makes - 19-10-2009, 10:54 PM

What floor, please?

"How about the 37 floor?"

Excellent .... Going up!

Pam .... This is GREAT!!! I like this. I like arrangement ... Wonderful!
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Default Re: What a Difference a Day Makes - 20-10-2009, 09:29 AM

Grateful thanks to Spike (sorry it was too long),Gordon, Leo ( my tap dancing days are over) and Tim, thanks for listening and the kind words...Pam
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Default Re: What a Difference a Day Makes - 20-10-2009, 10:27 AM

Hey Pamela

Interesting arrangement.. I liked the whistling a lot. At the beginning of the song, everything comes on strong. Several parts, a lot of movement, nice call and response.. new voices coming in to keep interest going. I liked the clarinet fills.. This section is great

In the middle, at the section where the snare drops out a bit and the whistle continues - the pace at which the instruments interject with each other and change voicings slows down. You might consider shortening that section, or having the melody improvise a bit, or have answering instruments come in sooner and respond more..

From the aspect of development, you might consider letting some of the instrument answers to the main melody, come in a bit later.. The song kind of starts at 85% energy, and then drops down, going a while, and then building up briefly before the end.

I think the palette of sounds you used works very well. Interesting contrasts that complement well.

Keep up the good work.
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Default Re: What a Difference a Day Makes - 20-10-2009, 03:58 PM

Thank you very much Mark for your interest in my song,the points have been noted, and thanks for listening...Pam
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Default Re: What a Difference a Day Makes - 20-11-2009, 11:00 PM

There's nothing wrong with having a song that is long ...

However, what happens, is it turns into what we call 7-11 ... i.e., the melody, over and over and over and over and over and over.

What happens? It gets boring after about 3 minutes ... and even that might be pushing it.

The problem with this keyboard, or shall I say "challenges", is that we get stuck in the rutt of playing the melody over and over and over, because we, ourselves, are really enjoying ourselves.

But, here's the caviat: In this mariad of sounds, YOU, are "everybody". You're the guitar player, drummer, violinist, whatever ... It's the only time you can have multiple personalities, and NOT have to take any medication for it.

Things that make music interesting:

1. Key changes ... Especially when you are dealing with multiple verses, i.e. more than 3 or so.

2. Solo's ... You realize, you have the melody of the song, and then you have solo's that "improvise", i.e., NOT play the melody so directly.

3. The idea behind a "solo" in any live venue, is WHEN somebody has the ball, LEAVE Them alone, and let them pass the ball to YOU OR to somebody else.

4. Alternate chords -Many standards use a LOT of different chord substitution. This piece has a very repetitios chord change. After while, I am able to anticipate where you are going. Once I do that a couple of times, I start thinking "Hmmmm ... been down this road before..." and afterwhile, it can become boring. I hate using that word, but, it is what it is. In my own mind, I hear different chord structure at the end of the phrase "24 hours a day...." before the 2nd "what a difference a day makes" ... and hearing those chords would have actually brought some color to the piece ....

5. Color your chords up: Instead of plain ole CMaj, or whatever, try C6, CMaj7 (as the root of the key, i.e., the I chord) ... often, you can use V+5, when passing back to the root chord. A much more colorful chord than plain ole G...

6. Another very cool chord progression is when you want to go to the IV chord. For example, you want to go from C to F (I to IV). One cool progression used a lot in jazz/standard music, is to go I (1,2,3,4) Vm7 (1,2) I7 (1,2) IVMaj7 ... The numbers in parenthesis represents the beat count at about, say, 130 or so .... kinda the same tempo your song is in.

Whenever you pass to the ii chord, from C to Dmin, you could always consider C#dim as a passing chord to get to Dmin. So, IMaj7 (1,2,3) #Idim7 (4) ii7 (1,2) V7 (1,2) .... and so on....

A typical progression is C Am F G
However, and alternate to that could be C Am Dm G

Yet, taking it a little further C Am F G C Am F G
Could be played C Am Dm G Em Am Dm G

Is either one right or wrong? No ... not at all... They are chord progressions ... It's just that, alternate chords, different chord progressions, solo's, etc., all help to break up the 7-11 sound. It also makes what you are creating from sounding too much like one of those fancy "organs", IF you know what I mean.

In otherwords, push yourself and your musical abilities ....

Hope that helps a little.
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Default Re: What a Difference a Day Makes - 21-11-2009, 10:15 AM

Hi Tim, Two comments on one song,???...Pam
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