Tag Archives: Miguel

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Onward – A “Rickenbacker Kiss” Remaster

Here is the remaster of my 2010 arrangement of Onward. The picture quality hasn’t improved but hopefully the sound is much better and you will hear the effect of the resounding guitar harmonics.

Below I have copied the commentary of the original post from 2010.

Thanks for watching!

I am playing my 4001 CS bass which is unplugged. Holding it against the back of my (plugged) 360 guitar… a Rickenbacker Kiss.
I experimented with different guitar tunings that would resonate well with the song’s tonalities. Onward is a based one the I, VI, V and vi of C major, and modulated a step higher afterwards.
The guitar tuning I did (eventually using a capo) was selected to accommodate all these chords. Ones sound better than others. B minor was, for example, a bit less successful, as well as all passages with an F sharp.
Then I adapted the whole piece – melody and a sort of accompaniment with the lower register which is not related to the actual bass line. The initial riff is my transformation of the original intro, and the coda.. I came up with a way to modulate back to C major. A bit dangerous too cause B flat (G minor) and A flat (F minor) were used… but then finally I got the best resonance spot to end the piece on an improvised Safe-like finale.

One very interesting thing is that – after tuning both instruments with the tuner, I found the resonance wasn’t happening… so I fine tuned on my bass by ear, and found the resonance spots for each string… maybe a few cents lower than the “right” tuning. I know it’s still not perfect but it’s a fact that it wasn’t working with both guitars tuned by the tuner. I think this has to do with the tempered scale of the fretboard that is “fighting” with the natural harmonics of the guitar’s open strings.

While not optimal, I decided to post it to show you the idea. It has some interesting sounds and with more time I will come again to it!

Tunings (bottom to top)
Bass – E A D G
Guitar (Capo 8th fret) – C F A D G B

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New State of Mind (HD Remaster)

Here’s a remastered version of New State of Mind, that I originally did in 2010.

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Happy 40th Birthday “Fragile” – Long Distance Runaround – BASS AUDIO

For professional reasons I have had little time to make a brand new clip, so I recycled an old bassline recording of mine. November is coming – Happy 40th birthday “Fragile”!!

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Fly from Here (Overture, Pt I – We Can Fly)

Celebrating the NEW YES ALBUM IN 2011!! *** now available worldwide ***

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That, That Is (i)

Happy Birthday, Chris!

Here’s a song I made for Chris, called… “For Chris”! Happy Birthday to You!

New (old) transcriptions added!

Hello everyone and happy new belated 2011!

I added the pdf files for Tempus Fugit, Heart of the Sunrise, Siberian Khatru and In the Presence of.

Just click on the links and you will be directed to the original post, now updated with the respective files.

Thank you!

Miguel

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,600 times in 2010. That’s about 21 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 19 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 47 posts. There were 3 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb.

The busiest day of the year was November 12th with 97 views. The most popular post that day was About me.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were youtube.com, talkbass.com, en.wordpress.com, bossarea.com, and rickresource.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for miguelbass, miguel bass, miguelbass.com, miguel falcao, and miguel falcão.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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About me July 2009

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FAQ #2 – How do I get my bass sound February 2010
9 comments

3

FAQ October 2009

4

Suggestions July 2009
17 comments

5

Email September 2009
1 comment

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Merry Christmas from Miguel

These are my wishes of Merry Christmas for all of you visiting my music.
May the Music be with you always!
Miguel

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Practice Versus Perfect

This is an original song I made over the last weeks that I would like to share with you. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for sticking around! Miguel

The idea started while trying to make another (yet unfinished) song. I thought it was getting too complicated and took on some accidental playing on my guitar. I found the riff ok and thought it could be the base for something simpler where I could work out an arrangement with all instruments, as to prepare myself for finishing the first song.
Anyway ideas started flowing and it ended up a bit more extended than I initially wanted. The basslines (intro and pre and post solo) were made up a bit after, while I was having fun experimenting with a demo of the Ampeg SVX plugin.

Then the drums – I wanted to find something that would make it sound simple (in spite of having to deal with some odd meter – a blend of 7/8 with 4/4) – and anyway, something I would be able to play by myself. Then the middle sections came about while I was inspired to write some lyrics.

The choral section is a four-part harmony (2 tracks for each voice) that starts – intentionally – very “Bulgarian” and ends up a bit more CS&N (that’s a nice combination :) as to make a passage to the acoustic guitar section and the main poem that I wrote with my dad’s old Ramirez – still sounds incredible. Some more arrangements were made by then, especially the double-bass parts.

Finally the second harmony part, probably the most difficult bit, because my idea was to link to the finale that was already made. Again a four-part harmony but a different one, that finally melts with the kind of repetitions towards the end. The bass solo was the last thing to be thought of.

Well that’s part of my memory description for this song. Most important is that it’s ready now and I can present it to you!
Thanks for watching!

Miguel