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Re: Blur Covers

Post by rich » 22 Dec 2021, 20:52

essex-dogs wrote:
21 Dec 2021, 21:32
Hey rich! Thanks a lot for your compliments, I appreciate it a lot! Just so you know I'm also a big fan of your live videos whenever you go to any Blur-related concerts! :)
Glad you like them. The early ones were shot on my ipod - reasonable image quality but very light and easy to use. The later ones were by smartphone (Huawei for a few years, then iPhone 10 currently) - much better images but so much heavier - can be a pain to get wobble-free videos now, as I expect you've noticed!
I put me trousers on, have a cup of tea, and think about leaving the house...
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Re: Blur Covers

Post by rich » 22 Dec 2021, 20:54

essex-dogs wrote:
21 Dec 2021, 21:32
Hi! So, I normally try to get a few videos ready and post them at once so I don't spam too much (which I still do as I'm always recording... so my apologies) but I was so excited with this one that I couldn't wait to share. I put a lot of effort in it to try to copy Graham's playing on the album (and some 5% of my personal taste), with all the sweet little riffs he always comes up with. Also, what an INCREDIBLE guitar solo, I wish I'd written that.

This Is A Low
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co5rRP04Xio
I think I read somewhere that there are FOUR Graham guitar solos going on there simultaneously!
How did you make sense of them?
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Re: Blur Covers

Post by essex-dogs » 11 Jan 2022, 00:00

Hey everybody! Happy 2022 :)

I'm back with a few more videos to share with you. After deciding I wanted to start the year recording some Blur singles, I posted one video every day for a whole week. I recorded one song from each album but I still haven't done anything off of The Magic Whip yet. I'll definitely post something this month though!

There's No Other Way
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFOW19OrgW0
For Tomorrow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBiZCKo_5Xo
Parklife
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUqBeUi-d9E
The Universal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHEFz2y6Md0
Beetlebum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LspZuV6BeY8
Tender
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxBrKZ_1LZY
Out Of Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dxGIaOlkJU

Let me know what you think!
rich wrote:
22 Dec 2021, 20:54
I think I read somewhere that there are FOUR Graham guitar solos going on there simultaneously!
How did you make sense of them?
It is indeed one of Graham's most astonishing solos ever in my opinion. I'm not aware of how many guitars he recorded but I could clearly hear at least 2 different solos being played simultaneously. I just had to listen to each pan side individually, not to mention it was even easier because I was able to isolate the guitar parts only for reference. Learning the solo itself wasn't so complicated but after it was recorded I had that feeling of "man I wish I'd written this solo". It's crazy how the pieces complete each other, not only here but in many other songs. I've already recorded Country House as well, which is another great example of Graham's ability to write complementary solos. I'm planning to upload it very soon :)

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by TristramShandy » 11 Jan 2022, 18:18

Happy 2022 indeed! :)

Impressive work, as usual! Congrats! Really great!

The only remarks I have are minute details (for the sake of nitpicking...) :P

* The outro fuzzy riff of Beetlebum is not exactly fretted the way you play it (I know, very small detail...)
* The acoustic guitar on For Tomorrow is actually more interesting than that: on the choruses, Graham actually plays chords with all strings open on beats 2 and 4 (at least over the Am). I admit you cannot hear that on the album mix, however it appears quite nicely in the acoustic version which was released as a B-side.
* Tender features in fact two different electric guitar parts, same arpeggios but one string apart. (Talking complementarity...)
* And to finish with tiny details: the way you play the slides on Beetlebum's main riff is interesting: you go 12th down to 5th every time, except on this variation when you start 13th. I always thought it was 15th (I hear a G). But your 13th sounds OK too, I cannot decide which is right! :D

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by TristramShandy » 13 Jan 2022, 15:50

Ha! Very good work on Country House! The solo is brilliant!

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by stephen » 14 Jan 2022, 10:04

Country House looks really fun to play.

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by kevoutus » 16 Jan 2022, 13:23

Here’s a few Blur covers from over the years. (Dodgy quality on some)

Popscene

https://youtu.be/XNKa_6mfg1g

There’s No Other Way

https://youtu.be/cJbp5y9ADMI

Inertia

https://youtu.be/rOYoXudEU38

You’re So Great

https://youtu.be/2RpMgA_kq1E

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by essex-dogs » 05 Feb 2022, 06:12

Hi friends! Hope you're all doing all right. I got some new videos to share with you! :)

Sing (Piano and Guitar)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtbAY1J9Ud0
Oily Water
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE0N3pC96Is
Country House
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BISPO9UCZTI
You're So Great
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7m3YlWnfVc
B.L.U.R.E.M.I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=verKpwZxNO4
And I have "London Loves" premiering next Monday here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNKFmEC54ik

TristramShandy wrote:
11 Jan 2022, 18:18
Happy 2022 indeed! :)

Impressive work, as usual! Congrats! Really great!

The only remarks I have are minute details (for the sake of nitpicking...) :P

* The outro fuzzy riff of Beetlebum is not exactly fretted the way you play it (I know, very small detail...)
* The acoustic guitar on For Tomorrow is actually more interesting than that: on the choruses, Graham actually plays chords with all strings open on beats 2 and 4 (at least over the Am). I admit you cannot hear that on the album mix, however it appears quite nicely in the acoustic version which was released as a B-side.
* Tender features in fact two different electric guitar parts, same arpeggios but one string apart. (Talking complementarity...)
* And to finish with tiny details: the way you play the slides on Beetlebum's main riff is interesting: you go 12th down to 5th every time, except on this variation when you start 13th. I always thought it was 15th (I hear a G). But your 13th sounds OK too, I cannot decide which is right! :D
Thanks a lot for taking the time to watch my videos, TristramShandy! I love discussing those minor details in Graham's excellent guitar playing.
Interesting points, I definitely played Beetlebum fretting it differently. As a matter of fact, I believe Graham bends a note in the solo as well (at least live he does). Not sure why I played like that though :lol: Good ears on "For Tomorrow" but I don't think I get the "Tender" observation. Could you please elaborate? Are you talking about a specific part or the whole song? And also thanks for your words on my version of "Country House"! :D
kevoutus wrote:
16 Jan 2022, 13:23
Here’s a few Blur covers from over the years. (Dodgy quality on some)

Popscene
https://youtu.be/XNKa_6mfg1g
There’s No Other Way
https://youtu.be/cJbp5y9ADMI
Inertia
https://youtu.be/rOYoXudEU38
You’re So Great
https://youtu.be/2RpMgA_kq1E
These are the OG cover videos! I remember watching some of these for the first time like 10-12 years ago. I recall it vividly, specially the Inertia one. Really cool videos kevoutus, they certainly bring a lot of good memories! Hope to see you recording more soon!

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by TristramShandy » 05 Feb 2022, 06:55

essex-dogs wrote:
05 Feb 2022, 06:12
I don't think I get the "Tender" observation. Could you please elaborate? Are you talking about a specific part or the whole song?
Yes, sorry, I wasn't very clear, but also I stated this offhand from the top of my mind and from my recollection of an old transcription I made years ago (which I can't seem to find again)...
I had to give it a re-listen to make sure: from what I can hear, there are two electric guitars, panned left/right, and on some parts (you're right there), they play slightly differently: namely when it gets to alternating between C#m and D (i.e. "love's the greatest thing" or "I'm waiting for a feeling"), if I'm not wrong, the left-side guitar plays arpeggios topping with the high C# and D (so 9th and 10th fret), whereas the right-side guitar has arpeggios topping with the (lower) E and F#, if not other notes (so probably he plays that 4th and 5th fret).
That's it! :)

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by TristramShandy » 07 Feb 2022, 20:30

Good work for London Loves too!
Ha, the "no-third" chords, part of Graham's trademark! :D
I think the muted run is a-bb-a-d-e-f-e-d, tho (you play a g). ;)

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by TristramShandy » 10 Feb 2022, 17:21

I just saw your rendition of Song 2, essex-dogs.
Haaaaaa, no offence whatsoever, but I just can't believe you played it this way! :)
The thing about Song 2 is that everyone believes it's power chords all the way, just for kids to have fun, whereas in reality there are some Graham-tricks to be found in it.
First, on the chorus, he adds the fifths on the bottom string to thicken the sound. You got that alright (I must admit it took me a bit of time to figure out what was going on...)
But most importantly, on the build-up ("all of the time..."), the shapes are actually
F 8-8-7
then to Ab 11-11-10
and down to Db 4-4-3, to get that earthquake sound.
That's the chord-shape I read Graham referring to as the "Weezer chord". A bit surprised you didn't nail it, because if my memory serves me well, you did play this chord shape in Country Sad Ballad Man... ;)

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by essex-dogs » 01 Mar 2022, 18:58

Hello everybody, hope you're all doing all right! I got a new selection of guitar covers to share with you and I've started uploading b-sides now. So far I only got one (well, except for Alex's Song which I posted 4 months ago) but I've got some 20 b-sides ready to go already. If you enjoy Blur's b-sides and Graham's guitar playing this might be interesting! But here's what's new:

Song 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG--oixdVYg
Stereotypes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6feEGeTPek
I Broadcast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_32RjWt99Y
Villa Rosie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxE1emvECvU
Anniversary Waltz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LCaPUF8ziw
TristramShandy wrote:
07 Feb 2022, 20:30
Good work for London Loves too!
Ha, the "no-third" chords, part of Graham's trademark! :D
I think the muted run is a-bb-a-d-e-f-e-d, tho (you play a g). ;)
You know what's funny? I did record a first time playing this way, only using the D string. I decided to change after watching Graham playing it live, which you can check any version. For reference, I used both an old version (94' Butt Naked) and a new version (12 Hyde Park) - both ways he plays the way I did too.
TristramShandy wrote:
10 Feb 2022, 17:21
I just saw your rendition of Song 2, essex-dogs.
Haaaaaa, no offence whatsoever, but I just can't believe you played it this way! :)
The thing about Song 2 is that everyone believes it's power chords all the way, just for kids to have fun, whereas in reality there are some Graham-tricks to be found in it.
First, on the chorus, he adds the fifths on the bottom string to thicken the sound. You got that alright (I must admit it took me a bit of time to figure out what was going on...)
But most importantly, on the build-up ("all of the time..."), the shapes are actually
F 8-8-7
then to Ab 11-11-10
and down to Db 4-4-3, to get that earthquake sound.
That's the chord-shape I read Graham referring to as the "Weezer chord". A bit surprised you didn't nail it, because if my memory serves me well, you did play this chord shape in Country Sad Ballad Man... ;)
I'm not familiar with this interview Graham mentioned he used that E shape on the lowest strings. I love that shape by the way and yes, I did use it in "Country Sad Ballad Man" - and others, such as "Lonesome Street", which I hope to upload this month. But it was the same thing as "London Loves" here. I used live versions to learn "Song 2" and I only played using power chords because that's how Graham does it too. For reference, I believe any performance of the song can support what I'm saying, but I did use the most recent ones (2012-2015). And I agree a lot with you when you say that everybody believes Song 2 is "a song for kids to have fun but there's more to it", specially because the whole main harmony consists of only 4 chords instead of 5, which is how I see everyone playing it, it's almost always overlooked. Although I'm not familiar with the shape interview, I am familiar with a few interviews Graham gave saying that it's supposed to be played lazily. For me that's very important too because lots of people also play it really agitated, like it was a heavy metal song or something. The fifths on the bottom are always a nice touch and work like a charm. It took me a while to see that's how he plays "End of a Century" as well, but when I decided to learn "Song 2" it clicked instantly. And don't worry, absolutely no offence taken, it's always awesome to debate those little nerdy details, I simply love it and I want to learn more every day.

On a side note, there's this dude on the comment section of my cover of "Song 2" saying "great cover! how about the repeated 13th fret on the 3rd string in the chorus??" and if there's anything that I can't believe you didn't mention is this. Now THAT was 100% inexcusable and completely my bad, sorry guys :lol:

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by TristramShandy » 01 Mar 2022, 20:53

Wow, really great work for Villa Rosie! That's definitely a tough one! I wish I could play that! :-o
I'm not quite sure about your intro, tho: Graham breaks it down on the "Produce Like A Pro" video, and I think the crazy guitar which is building up all the way is more or less both your right-hand-side guitars at the same time, except the hammer-on's are whole tones (if I'm remembering well)... I'll double-check that.
What an insane part, anyway!
Also, isn't it that riff which is supposed to feature a trill as a double (super-quick) slide? The kind of thing he himself reckons is completely over-the-top in terms of quirkiness... :D
essex-dogs wrote:
01 Mar 2022, 18:58
You know what's funny? I did record a first time playing this way, only using the D string. I decided to change after watching Graham playing it live, which you can check any version. For reference, I used both an old version (94' Butt Naked) and a new version (12 Hyde Park) - both ways he plays the way I did too.
Well, the CD version is definitely with a d in the melody... Which proves his riffs may vary! :)
essex-dogs wrote:
01 Mar 2022, 18:58
I love that shape by the way and yes, I did use it in "Country Sad Ballad Man" - and others, such as "Lonesome Street", which I hope to upload this month. But it was the same thing as "London Loves" here. I used live versions to learn "Song 2" and I only played using power chords because that's how Graham does it too.
I really love that shape too! My reference is the isolated studio guitar track, which you can find online with a bit of luck (it was isolated for the Rock Band video game, I think). You can clearly hear the thirds played on the D-string on that section. Also, @1'00" on the official video clip, you can see Graham fretting the Db chord E-shaped on fret 4 -- but there's not a lot of credit to that, it's super quick and may as well be a random edit (I mean not necessarily matching the music).
essex-dogs wrote:
01 Mar 2022, 18:58
For reference, I believe any performance of the song can support what I'm saying, but I did use the most recent ones (2012-2015).
Yep, there again, maybe the studio version differs from his live renditions!
essex-dogs wrote:
01 Mar 2022, 18:58
And I agree a lot with you when you say that everybody believes Song 2 is "a song for kids to have fun but there's more to it", specially because the whole main harmony consists of only 4 chords instead of 5, which is how I see everyone playing it, it's almost always overlooked. Although I'm not familiar with the shape interview, I am familiar with a few interviews Graham gave saying that it's supposed to be played lazily. For me that's very important too because lots of people also play it really agitated, like it was a heavy metal song or something.
Yes, exactly! Laziness is needed!
As for the 4 chords vs. 5 chords, are you refering to the Bb chord in the middle? I'm afraid I'll have to disagree, here: I noticed you dropped it, and thought for a moment "yeah, that's ok, it must in fact be ~half-played (within a slide) on the original track", but I just re-listened to the isolated tracks, and I can guarantee the Bb chord is in.

Another question I had: have you considered covering some solo songs of Graham's?

Congrats again... I'll check Anniversary Waltz! :)

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by essex-dogs » 25 Mar 2022, 10:43

Hi everybody, hope you're doing all right!
I have some new videos, let me know what you think!

Damon Albarn - Democrazy (Full album cover)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyrElcZ4sLc

It was uploaded on Damon's birthday 2 days ago. I recorded all the instruments and programmed the beats, as well as mixing and mastering. I only used the vocal tracks from the original songs. It was really cool to do such underground record and it definitely made me fall in love with the tracks again!

But I also got some new Blur covers too!

Daisy Bell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpoAWe-plwk
Young and Lovely
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d-Gr7qTpng
Girls and Boys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzzCakUQwXI
Entertain Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5PW9HspBbk
Optigan 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td2FlNp4EYU
TristramShandy wrote:
01 Mar 2022, 20:53
Wow, really great work for Villa Rosie! That's definitely a tough one! I wish I could play that! :-o
I'm not quite sure about your intro, tho: Graham breaks it down on the "Produce Like A Pro" video, and I think the crazy guitar which is building up all the way is more or less both your right-hand-side guitars at the same time, except the hammer-on's are whole tones (if I'm remembering well)... I'll double-check that.
What an insane part, anyway!
Also, isn't it that riff which is supposed to feature a trill as a double (super-quick) slide? The kind of thing he himself reckons is completely over-the-top in terms of quirkiness... :D

I really love that shape too! My reference is the isolated studio guitar track, which you can find online with a bit of luck (it was isolated for the Rock Band video game, I think). You can clearly hear the thirds played on the D-string on that section. Also, @1'00" on the official video clip, you can see Graham fretting the Db chord E-shaped on fret 4 -- but there's not a lot of credit to that, it's super quick and may as well be a random edit (I mean not necessarily matching the music).


Yes, exactly! Laziness is needed!
As for the 4 chords vs. 5 chords, are you refering to the Bb chord in the middle? I'm afraid I'll have to disagree, here: I noticed you dropped it, and thought for a moment "yeah, that's ok, it must in fact be ~half-played (within a slide) on the original track", but I just re-listened to the isolated tracks, and I can guarantee the Bb chord is in.

Another question I had: have you considered covering some solo songs of Graham's?
Hi Tristramshandy! The intro of "Villa Rosie" is really a super complex thing, I've tried plenty of different things but couldn't figure it out completely for the love of god. It was one of those rare situations where I played something thinking "man I know it must be wrong" but I did go with my ear. I seriously doubt Graham did what I did on the video but that was the best solution I could find. As for the super quick thing he mentioned in the other interview, I do think he might have exaggerated a bit. From what I hear on the isolated guitar track, it does sound a bit simpler. Whenever I play the verse harmony E F# G C there's a C# note on the F# chord that I bend on my video. Perhaps Graham did a fast c#-d-c# hammering thing instead? I'm not sure but I did enjoy playing it with bends a lot since Graham's a big bending fan. I guess he could have thought of it too.

Now Song 2 is a tricky little creature, isn't it? But I gotta say I do like the 4-chord only harmony in the song, it really fits with the laziness of the thing.

I also have considered doing solo songs from Graham, yes! Specially considering i've just done a whole Damon Albarn album, I'm really looking forward to recording some Graham covers. I actually already did "Thank God For The Rain", one of my favorites! Just need to plan how exactly I'm gonna do it.

Hope you're doing good, man!

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Re: Blur Covers

Post by TristramShandy » 25 Mar 2022, 14:21

As usual, very good work for the latest batch of songs!

Two questions I have:
1) Why did you leave out the additional guitar on the outro in Girls & Boys? I find it's the best part of the song! :)

2) Could you detail what you do for the rhythm guitar on Entertain Me? I've always assumed it was played using the simplest chord shapes, and through the DD-3 set to a ridiculously short time, to achieve that ringing tone. But you seem to hit harmonics, or am I wrong?
Also, I think you're missing the F7 chord before the C. ;)

Cheers!

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