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Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel, song example
For David Bowie's Space Oddity and Seals and Crofts' Summer Breeze there was more production in the recordings than in this recording. 
This recording of Mrs. Robinson was done in one take but I thought I could get away with one mic and make the guitar and voice sound balanced. But as it turned out the vocal drowned out the guitar so much that I decided to record a second guitar part and combine the two recordings. If you listen carefully you can hear a duplicate guitar part in there. I tried to match what I was doing exactly. It sounds like a chorused guitar part, which works great.

For Space Oddity and Summer Breeze I played the guitar by itself, then recorded the vocal, the bass, and then overdubbed guitars as I thought they were needed.  Every aspect was recorded separately. I thought that it might be a nice touch but what was missing was the song example of one guitar and one performer.

It seems that most of my followers are beginning and intermediate guitarists, with some advanced guitarists here and there, working on their skills in some way or another. Singing and playing guitar at the same time is a skill that is difficult to master and it takes time. It takes an understanding of where the beat is in both the guitar and vocals and how to mesh them together. 

When a vocal is present in a song usually that is the most important aspect of the song and the guitar part should be simplified to make space for the vocal. When the vocal drops out then the guitar becomes the main focus. The better you are at playing and singing the more intricate the guitar part and vocal part can be. It's great when a single performance sounds like two independent performers. I'm always striving for that. 

The guitar lesson will be out soon.
Hal
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Vocal Range on Baby Blue - Badfinger
This video shows you the vocal range of Baby Blue by Badfinger and gives you options about what key to play it in. I'll be producing a video lesson on this song soon as soon as I get all the parts worked out.
As I was working on my last livestream I realized that it might be helpful to a lot of my students to know the vocal range of a song just in case they want to customize it to their voice or someone else's voice.
Perhaps I should include the vocal range for every song in my book eventually?
Just might do that as we go along.
Hal
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Summer Breeze bass part video
Hello everyone!
https://youtu.be/K7NrFaVbzwk
Here is a video that I'm working on.
In this one you can see me playing the bass part. I'll put one out with just the guitar part and then maybe one with all the parts simultaneously.
Hal
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Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guitar Lesson
Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Guns and Roses... which one or ones do you like? I like them all for different reasons. In this video I've made understanding the chords and strum patterns easier. Hopefully this is an improvement over my other attempts to explain this song.
We go over all three versions in this video. I don't break down all the Intros in this video but I do go over the different chord arrangements. The newest version of my book will have three separate lead sheets with the lyric and chord differences. I'll publish this version very soon so that you can see them.
Hal Stead

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Summer Breeze, Bridge, Guitar Lesson
This is just a lesson for the Bridge of Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts.

I'm still working on the cover, which has been giving me some trouble. I thought I was finished and was going to release it to you today but there are just a couple of parts that I can't stand, so they are going to be redone before anyone sees them.
Summer Breeze is a bigger task than I anticipated from the beginning!
Thank you for your support!
Hal
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Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts Guitar Lesson
Here is the guitar lesson for Summer Breeze! (Still working on the cover.)
This was one of my favorite songs in 1972.
Let me know if you have any questions. This lead sheet is in the next version of the book which I'll release in a day or so.
Thanks everyone for your support!
Hal

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