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#1 5/20/2012 9:40 pm

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Music

Updating this thread for the first time in a long while. I'm leaving for college at the University of Pittsburgh around 9:00 AM today (Sunday), so I spent all of Saturday making a bunch of recordings on the guitar and piano. My family wanted them mostly, but I also figured it would be nice to share with others (including TWBoards). I also owe Twinfan a recording of ESPN's 30 for 30 theme song so I figured this would be a nice time to deliver the long overdue favor haha.

Slightly better recording equipment than last time, but sadly I was short on time today so I could only give each track a maximum of 1 retry if I screwed up. There are some mistakes but hopefully they're not too glaring. Most notable difference from last time is that instead of using the plug-in acoustic, I'm using my dad's incredible acoustic Martin, which we've had for over a decade. It's a beautiful instrument and the sounds it produces are rich and gorgeous. Also hollow body percussion is much more satisfying.


1. Forward Flow Tuning: C#, G#, E, F#, B, D#.

I wrote this piece on vacation in Maine this summer while looking out on a harbor from the living room of the house we were staying in. Experimented with low- and high-energy transitions, mostly going for a confident sort of mood/feel.

2. Inspiration Tuning: C#, G#, E, F#, B, D#.

Another one of my newer pieces. Can't really nail down the time I wrote it, but ideas came to me around the week school let out and I polished it over the summer.

3. Crystal Moon Bay (Acoustic Instrumental Version) Tuning: C#, G#, E, F#, B, D#.

This is a piece I wrote during the second semester of senior year in one of the practice rooms in my high school's music wing. Two of my close friends heard it and immediately told me how much they loved it. Being musicians themselves, they were eager to help me produce it into a full song. One wrote lyrics and the other added electric guitar, and we liked the sound we came up with. Two music fundraisers later (Musicopia and Battle of the Bands), after winning first place the latter, our principal asked us to play it at the graduation commencement ceremony as the grand finale. It was a sweet way to end the year and a pretty big honor to play in front of the entire community.

If you want a super crappy recording of our Musicopia performance, you can watch the full version with lyrics and electric guitar added here. I'm on the right with the plug-in acoustic, my friend who wrote the lyrics is singing and my other friend who did electric guitar is on the left.

4. Drifting (by Andy McKee) Tuning: D, A, D, G, A, D.

This song is where it all started for me. I learned this some time around the summer after Freshman year of high school. I spent about six days watching Andy McKee's video for hours on end and mimicking his style until I got it down. His music has been my biggest inspiration in this genre.

5. Loved, Forgotten Tuning: D, A, D, G, A, D.

I wrote this song during the summer after Junior year, which for me was the toughest year of high school. That was the year of my big "George Slick Fellowship Concert" for my classical music studies. I won the award in Freshman year, and I had two years to prepare the program with another girl who won as a violinist. Huge event, and with college applications that year along with incredibly important coursework, it was a pretty stressful time.

Thus, the summer afterwards is when I sat down with the music I had discovered a year before (Andy McKee's fingerstyle guitar) and really delved into it. While the George Slick concert was a wonderful accomplishment for me, it also marked the end of my childhood music days. I loved it, but there are parts I would like to forget.

6. ESPN 30 for 30 Theme

Twin, this one's for you. smile You asked nicely a long time ago for a recording, so here it is. Sorry for the wait. I sat down and listened to this song yesterday and wondered how I could flesh it out on the piano. But as soon as I sat down with it I got rolling and liked what I was producing. Hope you enjoy it.

7. Newsroom Theme

My family loves the show "The Newsroom," and while I don't really love the story that much anymore, I always liked the music.

8. Mozart Sonata in B Flat Movement I (First Half)

Don't listen to this because it's a crappy recording and I couldn't even do the second half. My parents really wanted me to record classical music I'd learned over the years, but I didn't have enough time to re-learn and record. The end result was that I couldn't produce an entire take without really bad mistakes, so I just recorded bits of it and edited them together somewhat successfully, only finishing the first half of one movement. I'll make some better recordings another time.






Older Pieces from SoundCloud:

"Drifting by Andy Mckee (Upgrade Cover)" - http://soundcloud.com/upgradesnm/drifti … ee-upgrade
"How" - http://soundcloud.com/upgradesnm/how-by-upgrade
"UpNewGuitarPiece 11/12/11" - http://soundcloud.com/upgradesnm/upnewg … ce11-12-11
"UpNewGuitarPiece 1/1/12" - http://soundcloud.com/upgradesnm/upnew- … ece-1-1-12
"LOST Theme (Piano Cover)" - http://soundcloud.com/upgradesnm/lost

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#2 5/21/2012 3:51 am

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Both of the new ones you posted are really good.


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#3 5/22/2012 2:32 pm

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I feel like the second one is a lot better than the other one.


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#4 5/22/2012 8:05 pm

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Re: Music

Thanks Abso. BeCreative you mean "How" is better than the cover? If so that's a pretty big compliment to me, since I actually wrote that one haha (or it's just an incredibly well-disguised insult because I suck at covering Andy Mckee's beautiful song tongue).


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#5 5/22/2012 8:29 pm

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User972302 wrote:

Thanks Abso. BeCreative you mean "How" is better than the cover? If so that's a pretty big compliment to me, since I actually wrote that one haha (or it's just an incredibly well-disguised insult because I suck at covering Andy Mckee's beautiful song tongue).

Probably the bit in brackets. tongue


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#6 5/22/2012 9:17 pm

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CViper wrote:

User972302 wrote:

Thanks Abso. BeCreative you mean "How" is better than the cover? If so that's a pretty big compliment to me, since I actually wrote that one haha (or it's just an incredibly well-disguised insult because I suck at covering Andy Mckee's beautiful song tongue).

Probably the bit in brackets. tongue

Lmao, no. I'm being honest to upgrade. I actually enjoyed myself listening to that.

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#7 5/22/2012 9:21 pm

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Re: Music

It's always a trap when someone uses the word "totally".


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#8 5/22/2012 10:07 pm

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I enjoyed those two pieces from soundcloud you posted, you did a good job working the harmonics into the chorus without breaking up the flow of the tune.  Keep it up, I wanna hear some more of these tunes.


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#9 5/23/2012 10:42 am

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Re: Music

Twinfan wrote:

It's always a trap when someone uses the word "totally".

I edited my post to avoid further misunderstandings.


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#10 5/23/2012 11:11 pm

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Re: Music

BeCreative wrote:

Twinfan wrote:

It's always a trap when someone uses the word "totally".

I edited my post to avoid further misunderstandings.

I was kidding anyway if you didn't notice.


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#11 5/24/2012 7:14 am

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Re: Music

Twinfan wrote:

BeCreative wrote:

Twinfan wrote:

It's always a trap when someone uses the word "totally".

I edited my post to avoid further misunderstandings.

I was kidding anyway if you didn't notice.

So was I.


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#12 5/24/2012 9:05 pm

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Poorly titled topic. Good music though I'm quite impressed. I wouldn't recommend keeping on a username like UpgradeSNM in areas outside TWO though considering SnM-->S&M-->you have some explaining to do


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#13 5/24/2012 9:06 pm

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Yeah, you wouldn't want to be associated with Metallica, would you?


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#14 5/30/2012 10:44 pm

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This is my friend's band; I think he's pretty good. He's started to get popular in Kentucky, and he's heading to Texas this summer. He is also the lead singer.
http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_13375616


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#15 5/30/2012 11:11 pm

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he is popular AND the lead singer AND he is going to texas!!! so crazy

and upgrade when you make it big in music youll be able to recruit so many groupies into SNM, thats gonna be badass


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#16 5/30/2012 11:27 pm

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I'm sure once Upgrade makes it in music he'll send me tickets to all of his concerts.


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#17 6/29/2012 11:13 am

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Re: Music

User972302 wrote:

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#18 9/21/2012 2:29 am

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I'm digging it, User. What bands/artists do you look up to? I wish I could play guitar, but alas, I stick to stupid "beat" making in soundcloud.

You guys should check it out if your headphones have the bass capacity..
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#19 9/21/2012 2:31 am

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the only person on twboards that has headphones with the bass capacity for all dat bass is user


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#21 8/18/2013 5:09 am

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Re: Music

Updating this thread for the first time in a long while. I'm leaving for college at the University of Pittsburgh around 9:00 AM today (Sunday), so I spent all of Saturday making a bunch of recordings on the guitar and piano. My family wanted them mostly, but I also figured it would be nice to share with others (including TWBoards). I also owe Twinfan a recording of ESPN's 30 for 30 theme song so I figured this would be a nice time to deliver the long overdue favor haha.

Slightly better recording equipment than last time, but sadly I was short on time today so I could only give each track a maximum of 1 retry if I screwed up. There are some mistakes but hopefully they're not too glaring. Most notable difference from last time is that instead of using the plug-in acoustic, I'm using my dad's incredible acoustic Martin, which we've had for over a decade. It's a beautiful instrument and the sounds it produces are rich and gorgeous. Also hollow body percussion is much more satisfying.


1. Forward Flow Tuning: C#, G#, E, F#, B, D#.

I wrote this piece on vacation in Maine this summer while looking out on a harbor from the living room of the house we were staying in. Experimented with low- and high-energy transitions, mostly going for a confident sort of mood/feel.

2. Inspiration Tuning: C#, G#, E, F#, B, D#.

Another one of my newer pieces. Can't really nail down the time I wrote it, but ideas came to me around the week school let out and I polished it over the summer.

3. Crystal Moon Bay (Acoustic Instrumental Version) Tuning: C#, G#, E, F#, B, D#.

This is a piece I wrote during the second semester of senior year in one of the practice rooms in my high school's music wing. Two of my close friends heard it and immediately told me how much they loved it. Being musicians themselves, they were eager to help me produce it into a full song. One wrote lyrics and the other added electric guitar, and we liked the sound we came up with. Two music fundraisers later (Musicopia and Battle of the Bands), after winning first place the latter, our principal asked us to play it at the graduation commencement ceremony as the grand finale. It was a sweet way to end the year and a pretty big honor to play in front of the entire community.

If you want a super crappy recording of our Musicopia performance, you can watch the full version with lyrics and electric guitar added here. I'm on the right with the plug-in acoustic, my friend who wrote the lyrics is singing and my other friend who did electric guitar is on the left.

4. Drifting (by Andy McKee) Tuning: D, A, D, G, A, D.

This song is where it all started for me. I learned this some time around the summer after Freshman year of high school. I spent about six days watching Andy McKee's video for hours on end and mimicking his style until I got it down. His music has been my biggest inspiration in this genre.

5. Loved, Forgotten Tuning: D, A, D, G, A, D.

I wrote this song during the summer after Junior year, which for me was the toughest year of high school. That was the year of my big "George Slick Fellowship Concert" for my classical music studies. I won the award in Freshman year, and I had two years to prepare the program with another girl who won as a violinist. Huge event, and with college applications that year along with incredibly important coursework, it was a pretty stressful time.

Thus, the summer afterwards is when I sat down with the music I had discovered a year before (Andy McKee's fingerstyle guitar) and really delved into it. While the George Slick concert was a wonderful accomplishment for me, it also marked the end of my childhood music days. I loved it, but there are parts I would like to forget.

6. ESPN 30 for 30 Theme

Twin, this one's for you. smile You asked nicely a long time ago for a recording, so here it is. Sorry for the wait. I sat down and listened to this song yesterday and wondered how I could flesh it out on the piano. But as soon as I sat down with it I got rolling and liked what I was producing. Hope you enjoy it.

7. Newsroom Theme

My family loves the show "The Newsroom," and while I don't really love the story that much anymore, I always liked the music.

8. Mozart Sonata in B Flat Movement I (First Half)

Don't listen to this because it's a crappy recording and I couldn't even do the second half. My parents really wanted me to record classical music I'd learned over the years, but I didn't have enough time to re-learn and record. The end result was that I couldn't produce an entire take without really bad mistakes, so I just recorded bits of it and edited them together somewhat successfully, only finishing the first half of one movement. I'll make some better recordings another time.

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#22 8/18/2013 8:54 am

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Amazing work Upgrade

Three people instantly come to mind when I hear your style (You assumed I'd have thought your works weird but they're really awesome)

John Butler (Ocean)

August Rush

And

Ben Lap.

Keep up the great music


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#23 8/18/2013 11:25 am

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Thanks Kai, and yeah I love Ocean by John Butler. I've heard of August Rush (not really that familiar with them) and I've heard Ben Lap, I don't particularly like his style.


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#24 8/18/2013 3:44 pm

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Yay!


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#25 8/30/2013 1:46 am

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Up I've been meaning to ask this since I saw this topic on my phone but I forgot about it when I got my computer set up. I watched your musicopia video of Crystal Moon Bay and I was wondering how your friend got that electric guitar sound at the end. I've heard the sound before in this song and I didn't realize it was a guitar. Does that requires a special guitar or effects or what? Also, I like the McKee guitar technique a lot.

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