Last night I was trying to get some basic ideas down on paper for my next YOTG piece. All of my ideas sounded absolutely terrible! It was like pulling teeth. I decided to turn on the zoom and do a quick improv (my version of a hail mary) before going to watch another episode of Walker, Texas Ranger (is there a better way to spend a Saturday night?). I d-tuned my 6th string, hit the first tambora and my ears just about exploded. It sounded so good! Here is the improv: YOTG #11 Improv
As far as what comes after that initial tambora, some of it usable, most is not. At least that is what I think today. Maybe tomorrow I will think differently. To me it sounds like walking through a forest, not sure of what is around the next corner.
I’ve also added a ton of reverb because I think it helps with the drama. I had a composition professor tell me once that too much reverb makes you sound like an amateur. Personally, I think this reverb sounds awesome.
Another improvisation for you. Again, just turned on the zoom and started playing the first thing that came into my mind. Improvisation is a great way to start a practice/composing session. It keeps you on your toes. You have to play SOMETHING. You can’t just stop playing.