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Last Train To The Chug

Troy Wilson's picture
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I was starting to wonder if I was going to get anything recorded in time, so I just played around with the idea of a "Train & Chugging sounds.

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Madcat's comments:

Peter Madcat Ruth's picture

There are some nice ideas here but the piece lacks focus. As it stands now it seems like just a stream of consciousness with no particular direction. Try developing a few hooks that could tie these random ideas together.

Madcat's comments:

Peter Madcat Ruth's picture

There are some nice ideas here but the piece lacks focus. As it stands now it seems like just a stream of consciousness with no particular direction. Try developing a few hooks that could tie these random ideas together.

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Joe Filisko's picture

Anyone who does a train is a friend of mine! Good stuff as you were sticking to the strenghts of the instrument. "G" was a good choice. I would like to encourage you to develop this into 2 different pieces. The "Train Imitation" and the "Chuggin' Train". As a general rule, you don't want to break the momentum of a train rhythm once you get it going. The rhythm is sacred in blues. You had a nice speed going on too. Keep that momentum! Once you get to your fastest speed you can vary things up with whistles, hand position changes, different mouth vowel shapes and dynamic changes. Always try and end off with a deceleration and a lonesome whistle sound. I think that I read that you were going for a "prewar" sound? If so, a good general rule is to stick largely to the major pentatonic scale adding blues notes as you are feeling it. Try and avoid the 4th degree of the scale (1 & 4 exhaling). JF

Comments - Tom Ball

Tom Ball's picture

Strong start that made me want to hear consistent rhythm throughout. You display good bending ability and I like your acoustic tone. Tremolo at the end is also nicely handled. The tune felt more improvised than outright composed, but that’s cool (if it was what was intended?) Overall nice job with good feel.

Comments - David Barrett

David Barrett's picture

Nice strong tone in the opening. I like how you go to the 1+ and hang on it bit. You'll want to be cautious of how long you stay away from the main rhythmic element you present. This was a nice submission... with some extra focus on structure this can turn into a real nice song.

Pre-War Blues

Troy Wilson's picture

Thanks hank, jodan & rob for your kind comments of encouragement. And any comments in advance, I was going for something alittle more pre-war and bluesy.

Trains a-comin'

hank stefaniak's picture

Cool start - train warming slowly pulling out and then you really drive it!! Nice techniques in there to effectively make it interesting. Good one!!

Last train

jodanchudan's picture

I love train tunes and this is great - really bluesy!

Whoooah! All aboard!

robfraser's picture

The trains are coming into the station thick and fast! Well done for showcasing the classic harp train sound!