November 8, 2019 at 8:13 am #150047
Here is a cover of Magnolia by JJ Cale. Such a beautiful song. Have been listening to The Eric Clapton and Friends album, and love this track on there featuring John Mayer, so that was my inspiration for this. The lead part on this is just improvised using C major pentatonic. Hope you enjoy!
November 8, 2019 at 9:35 am #150051
Really nice job, Dave, and such a beautiful song.
November 8, 2019 at 9:58 am #150060
Man that’s good Dave! Your acoustic clear and bright. Tasteful leads with fine ‘JJ’ vocals. Your video editing is cool also. Loved it!
November 8, 2019 at 11:34 am #150066
Magnifique, j’adore. Loved it.
Jouer du Blues évoque la joie, le chagrin, le bonheur, le désespoir et la vérité, d'une manière intemporelle (Clint Eastwood, Piano Blues, 2003).
November 8, 2019 at 11:41 am #150068
Really good Dave!! Your playing and vocals were excellent,and that is a nice song to cover!! Again,great job!!
November 8, 2019 at 12:05 pm #150070
Fantastic job. Recently I’ve discovered a JJ Cale live album and I’m countinuus listening it.
this is a really lovely theme, in fact, I was thinking to “cover” the “Sensitive Kind” or this one.
really well done.
Did you take the licks by yourself of any tab?
November 9, 2019 at 7:03 am #150104
Would love to hear you cover this one and sensitive kind! For the lead I did not use any tabs. I just improvised it and came up with the on my own using C major pentatonic. Thanks for your comment!
November 8, 2019 at 12:14 pm #150072
Dave Dave Dave!!!! Beautiful. So enjoyable. Loved the arrangement. What did you use to create the video?
November 9, 2019 at 7:06 am #150105
Thanks, John! To create the video, I just used my Google pixel phone to record the video, then edited everything in iMovie. For the Audio, I used a AT2020 mic plugged into a Scarlett Solo interface, and used Ableton lite (which came with the Scarlett) for recording.
November 8, 2019 at 1:34 pm #150076
Go Dave! You have reached a whole new level with this one. Being a big JJ Cale fan, that’s one of my favorite songs also. Well played, and well sung.
November 8, 2019 at 1:36 pm #150077
So nice, Dave! Great videography, too 😉
November 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm #150082
Just beautiful Dave. Couldn’t have been any better.
November 8, 2019 at 4:01 pm #150089
well done, Dave, great song, well played, nice improv, great tone/mix on all instruments and voice; and super production skills; wish i could do that kind of production; very motivating
November 8, 2019 at 5:08 pm #150092
That is impressive. The acoustic sounds AMAZING and the Tele is gorgeous as well. I have to tell you your lead chops are right on! And, the vocals are the bomb! Great job on this.
November 8, 2019 at 6:50 pm #150095
that’s very nice Davek cool production listening to you sing too!
November 9, 2019 at 3:26 am #150099
Dave, this is magnificent ! I am in awe :-). Excellent choice and a cool production. At times the blended video is kind of spooky 😉 with a ghost-like lead player fading in and out. Very nicely done !
A have a few questions:
– Did you manage to find reasonable tablature for this or did you have to transcribe ?
– Did you get YouTube warnings about copyright issues (due to it being a cover) ?
– How did you produce it ? I mean the audio sounds very fluent, still you must have had at least two video recordings to blend between. Tell us a bit more. What software did you use ?
I hope I can someday do something like this …
BR / Peter
November 9, 2019 at 7:15 am #150106
Wow, thanks Peter! To answer your questions…
– for the lead, I did not use tabs, I just improvised using the C major pentatonic scale (same as A minor).
– no YouTube warnings, but I uploaded it as ‘Unlisted’.
– for the audio, I used a mic (at2020) plugged into my interface (Scarlett Solo), and recorded using Ableton lite. For video I just used my phone to record, and iMovie for editing. You are right, the lead and Rhythm/Vocals are two separate videos. The lead video was overlayed ontop in iMovie and I mostly used the Crossfade option to fade it in and out. At times I used to green/blue screen option to give it a different effect.
You can definitely do this, Peter! And I look forward to seeing it if you do!
November 9, 2019 at 5:00 am #150101
Wonderful performance – rhythm, lead and singing as well.
November 9, 2019 at 11:48 am #150115
Nicely done, Dave! Great submission! JJ Cale is one of my favourites, too! You did a great job on that!
November 9, 2019 at 1:54 pm #150121
That was pretty playing Dave and great vocals also.
November 9, 2019 at 8:08 pm #150134
Ditto for me, Dave. Beautiful. Fantastic performance all around.
November 10, 2019 at 3:22 am #150143
You Sir have created one sensational track which holds its own with any other cover I have heard of this song.
I was trying to figure out the chords as you played, Fmaj7, Cmaj7, Am, and G is what I’m seeing and hearing for this laid back haunting acoustic rhythm?.
I hope you don’t mind if I download this song and turn it in to am mp3 to add to my in-car playlist.
Congratulations yet again on producing a sensational track.
November 10, 2019 at 9:57 am #150152
Wow, Billy! Thank you for your comment and you can absolutely make it an MP3 for your self! I find it awesome and feel honored that you want to do that! Also, you are dead on with the chords. Thanks again!
November 10, 2019 at 5:44 am #150144
That was a reall cool performance well done you also got me thinking with your comment C major same as A minor I am lacking in theory so found this on Quora by Yvette which had me thinking more
From Quora differece between C major and A minor.
There’s actually 3 common minor scales, the natural, harmonic and melodic minors however I will omit the melodic minor from this answer because I can assume that’s not the minor scale you were thinking of – it’s a fairly uncommon scale compared to the natural and harmonic minors.
In Classical music the harmonic minor was the most common minor scale. A harmonic minor, mostly referred to as simply A minor in Classical theory goes like this:
A – B – C – D – E – F – G#
Notice the sharpened 7th. This is what ‘cements’ the scale in the minor key as opposed to the natural minor which is fairly ‘fluid’ and can slip easily in between the C major and A minor tonal centres. Baroque and Classical composers especially used this scale in chord progressions especially since the V chord leads better in harmonic minor to the tonic.
It is very common in Classical music – the instant you see a sharpened 7th you know you’re in the minor and perhaps that’s why they also used it in the Classical period – because you know that you’re firmly in the minor and not just floating gin between tonalities.
That being said, Classical composers did also use the natural minor too, especially for melodic passages.
In popular music especially, when we say A minor, we tend to refer to the natural minor instead. The natural minor is actually an Aeolian mode too. The scale simply goes:
A – B – C – D – E – F – G
The difference between this scale and C major is simply the relationship of the chords in your progression. When you compose in the natural minor, it is important to use the right chords otherwise you end up ‘floating in between tonalities’, as I say.
Referencing back to what I said earlier, this scale isn’t as well ‘cemented’ as the harmonic minor. I like this scale personally because it’s so easy to switch between minor and major – but that’s the danger of writing in the natural minor though.
Notice the V chord is a minor in this scale whereas in the harmonic minor it’s a major chord. As I said earlier, Classical composers preferred the sharpened 7th because it makes the V chord a major chord which leads to the tonic a lot better – good for cadences and such.
Neither scale is right or wrong, in fact, both are used in Classical and Pop music fairly often. It does help to know why each scale is preffered.
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November 10, 2019 at 10:07 am #150153
Vocrocnan, thanks for your comment! Honestly, that quote you shared here is way over my head. As far as scales go, I only really understand the pentatonics in the 5 positions, and the major scale in one position. To answer your question as to what makes it a C major pentatonic or an A minor… It is all relative to the key of the song. It’s all the same scale and same notes (1st position on the 5th fret), but if the key is C major, it’s the C major pentatonic, and if the key is A (minor or major) those same notes become the A minor pentatonic scale. This is how I understand it, and if I am not describing it correctly hear hopefully someone will correct me. Thanks again!
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November 12, 2019 at 5:11 pm #150269
Great composition Dave…that’s some serious talent putting all that together, combining 2 guitars and singing….awesome
November 13, 2019 at 1:24 am #150302
Dave this is a great performance, you have a really nice warn voice.
Keep it up bud.
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