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[*] posted on 10-4-2011 at 16:02
The Music of Geoff Pointer


Just recently made a new section for my music on my web site. Try the following link:

Geoff's Music

Any comments appreciated.

(Thought I'd better take this into it's own thread)




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[*] posted on 14-5-2011 at 03:47


:forumsmiley145:

A lead balloon comes to mind.




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[*] posted on 14-5-2011 at 15:29


Nice Stuff :forumsmiley151:
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[*] posted on 15-5-2011 at 02:40


I think about what FZ said about not being bothered whether people liked his music or not. It's an untestable postulate because a lot of people did and do like his music, so he didn't have to experience what it would be like with no-one liking it and really couldn't have known how that would feel. I'm sure if no-one at all had been interested he would have ended up doing something else with his life.

Anyway, Pedro, thanks for the feedback.




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[*] posted on 23-5-2012 at 01:11


I'm still working hard at the guitar. Here's another three of my compositions.

Turbulator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jRdWZViOtc
More Than It Seems: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIrpT9c6WFg
Flea Bites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFGqbGDJjBk




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[*] posted on 23-5-2012 at 09:36


Nice! And it's great to see you moving!:bald:
Is that some special effect you used on Turbulator? It sounds cool!




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[*] posted on 4-6-2012 at 09:22


I went out and bought a practice amp a couple of months ago because the only amp I had then was a 100 Watt Fender which is great but is almost useless for practice. That inspired me to practice more than usual and hence a few more videos resulted. The new amp is a Roland Cube 40 XL. Turbulator was played on it using only a little chorus, reverb and some gain called "Tweed". Thanks for you feedback.

I videoed three FZ covers at the time as well, Uncle Meat, King Kong and Zoot Allures which are also on YouTube.




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[*] posted on 3-11-2012 at 23:46


I see that I've got my first thumbs down on YouTube for my Zoot Allures rendition. I believe that anonymous thumbs downs should not be allowed. This would then at least prevent attacks of spite. It was probably Dweezil. :D



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[*] posted on 4-11-2012 at 14:04


:) You know you can edit that in your video options? Under the header "video rating"?



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[*] posted on 6-11-2012 at 03:42


Ah! I'm surprised I haven't commented already.
I favorited the little house but didn't realize you'd added to it.
I'm impressed with all of those clips.
Uncle Meat in particular there's a lot of notes you nail in that - I dunno how you do that :freak:
on zoot allures there are aspects of franks style you bring to the middle section that surprises and still show off your improv abilities - even for someone who obsesses on frank's style and approach - well done!

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[*] posted on 7-11-2012 at 00:19


Ah, Ned, that's making my day. Cheers.



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[*] posted on 14-11-2012 at 08:49


Okay, I've posted one of my vocal numbers on YouTube.

The Status Quo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icwuRWoxC6E




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[*] posted on 15-11-2012 at 00:00


Try to start earlier with the vocals. It's got a lot of potential!



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[*] posted on 15-11-2012 at 08:26


I'm not saying that after composing music for nearly 40 years I have nothing left to learn, but I think I've found my voice. I believe I'm original and I have no intention of sacrificing that.
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Try to start earlier with the vocals.
Why? If I know why, it might give me more reason to do it the way I do.
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Potential for what? I'm not interested in the charts, I'm not interested in popularity. People can like it or not. I want to tailor my audience to me, however small that may end up being - I have no interest in tailoring myself to an audience.

My question is: Do you like it? If not, that's bad luck for me and for you, but not a reason for me to change the way I compose.

Sound familiar in any way?




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[*] posted on 15-11-2012 at 13:02


Calm down, Poly.
There is not much variation in how you play the guitar: no melody or anything, just chords. It makes it hard to listen up to the point where you start to sing.
It's very difficult to sing with a guitar in front of your belly: FZ couldn't. All the same I would invest some time in developing the proper breathing techniques for singing: this will vastly improve your sound, will make singing easier for you, less painful and tiring etc. Singing is essentially a breathing technique.

I like the chord variation of the song, and it has potential, by which I mean that when execution is 100% you will get a very enjoyable track. Hit songs are unpredictable, and so is popularity, but like a good drawing, a good song will still need good execution.




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Quote: Originally posted by BBP  
Calm down, Poly.
This is a text problem. I was perfectly calm while writing that. I can be very blunt while remaining perfectly calm.
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There is not much variation in how you play the guitar: no melody or anything, just chords. It makes it hard to listen up to the point where you start to sing.
Most of the criticism I've received in the past relates to overcomplicating stuff. Why do I want so many chords? ... etc ... In the context of this video, it's just my voice and the acoustic guitar with no overdubs, so, even though I'm having fun playing that intro, I can see how you might get bored.
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It's very difficult to sing with a guitar in front of your belly: FZ couldn't. All the same I would invest some time in developing the proper breathing techniques for singing: this will vastly improve your sound, will make singing easier for you, less painful and tiring etc. Singing is essentially a breathing technique.
I'm no singer, that's for sure, and I have a diminished lung capacity, but I don't have the luxury of employing one currently. So unless I wait until I do, this is the only way I have of communicating my compositions live at the moment.
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I like the chord variation of the song, and it has potential, by which I mean that when execution is 100% you will get a very enjoyable track. Hit songs are unpredictable, and so is popularity, but like a good drawing, a good song will still need good execution.
The crux of the biscuit. I have no illusions that it was a full, professionally polished performance.

My aim is to get a band together and rehearse their arses off, along with my own. In the mean time, if I can secure a couple of solo gigs, then I will invest the time to polish my presentation in the voice/guitar medium. In the mean time I have to find people who are interested and I'm hoping that the ones I would like to meet will see what I'm getting at. So, for instance, I'm sure you don't need to see any more polish and have seen enough to be able to decide whether or not you'd be interested in playing this kind of music?

I'm glad that you like the chord variation of the song and I really do appreciate you taking the time to comment in detail.




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[*] posted on 15-11-2012 at 20:06


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[*] posted on 18-11-2012 at 00:09


"Discipline, you need discipline!!"

Some time ago, in Sydney, when all three of my children were still at home, I had a couple of lessons with my daughter's singing teacher but then a whole bunch of personal stuff came flooding in and put a stop to that. I never got back to it and now I'm chasing a PhD in Mathematics. I keep intending to at least get a book on the subject of singing and the other day, ironically, I was trying to do some stuff with my diaphragm.

That guy's videos are basically a tease, he talks it up without really saying that much and ultimately he's trying to sell the videos on his web site. I'm certainly not giving him my email address. In the end, you only end up getting what you pay for.

I posted a similar post to this here on Friday - I don't understand why it vanished.




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[*] posted on 18-11-2012 at 13:12


I've just bought a book on all this. Basically it's on how to speak, but it also has chapters on singing and hyperventilation and other speaking issues. It explains how the right posture and diaphragm breathing are important and gives lots of exercises I'm intended to do someday, since my sore throat problem.



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[*] posted on 22-2-2013 at 01:38


I have two distinct reasons to visit this thread today so I'll keep them separate.

Firstly I'll attend to Bonnie's point above. I've been trying that breathing with the diaphragm thing and really does make a big difference. I'm finding I can sing longer phrases now without losing breath. It's also kind of anti-intuitive, in a way, that the deeper breaths help the high notes just as much as the low notes. Thanks for the tip Bonny. I realise it's not rocket science but you said it to me just at the moment I was best able to understand and make use of it.




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