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« on: October 07, 2009, 08:35:30 PM »

It's a while since I depressed you all with some Nick Drake.  This was one of his later songs, and really paints a picture of how things used to be good and happy, and as he got older the darkness closed in.  If you know a bit about the man's life, this song really sums him up very well.  It is pretty depressing though.

This is an odd tuning.  He played it in DADGAF#, but to save string whiplash injuries I played it in CGCFGE and capoed it up a wee bit more (4th fret - 4 and a half would match the recording on Pink Moon).  Even at that I had to employ 2 capos to stop the E string buzzing at the 2nd fret.

Anyway, hope you like it, it was recorded on my OM-03SP because it handles the tuning better, and even though it is a simple tune, there are some awkward chords and timing to get it to sound right.  Hope I did OK.

Place to Be http://www.box.net/shared/ioje3jg58d

thanks for listening

 
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 10:45:21 PM »

Ben,
That is quite excellent - you really have the whole Nick Drake thing nailed, but with your own stamp on it.
Really enjoyed listening to that - one of my favourite songs of his.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

 

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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2009, 08:15:44 AM »

Thanks rockhound, glad you liked it.  It is one of my favourites too.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 12:10:19 PM »

nice vocals and playing..... I loved the rythym guitar..has a nice flow.....   thanks ,I enjoyed listening..................Dan
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 12:20:18 PM »

Great stuff Ben.  Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2009, 09:22:58 PM »

Thank you guys!
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009, 09:18:40 PM »

For the first time since I did some DIY setup work on my forum III, I had a bash at some of the alternate tnings I usually play on my OM-03SP.

It handled them perfectly, intonation being pretty much spot on all the way up the neck.  I think it has a really nice tone in these tunings, and not a hint of fret buzz like my OM sometimes does when capoed up a bit.

I re-recorded 'Place to Be', capoed up an extra 2 frets, because it didn't buzz, so it matches the original version now.

http://www.box.net/shared/3348l5rxqn

and I also re-recorded 'Pink Moon' as it is my favourite Nick Drake tune.  I think it sounds much better on the forum III.  It is funny that it has that woody bass thump, and yet still rings for days.  Unique tone in my opinion, but it suits this song.

http://www.box.net/shared/07mb21aotu

I hope you like, I think they show an improvement in my playing as well as a better tone for the song.  I'd like to know what you think.

 
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2009, 02:51:24 AM »

Awesome BenF.  You really do get a great flow/groove.
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009, 10:03:25 AM »

Nice work Ben, cool vibe !


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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2009, 12:14:29 PM »

Ben--

That sounded way too good.  I had to listen several times it was so good.  Now I'm going to be late for work and it's all your fault, Ben.  It was worth it though.   bigrin

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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2009, 12:27:55 PM »

Thanks guys  blush

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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2009, 08:42:05 PM »

Nicely played Ben    hope you didn't break as many 1st strings as I did tuning up for this one when I was learning it a couple of years back  rolleye

If anyone wants them I created a one page song sheet for Place to Be with chords, words etc.  just PM me if you want a copy. 

Ben - if you fancy a challenge I also have a full tab of the "original" i.e. Nick's home tape recording fingerpicked version.  It'll help while away those autumn nights as the dreek autumn weather really kicks in  wacko

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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2009, 08:57:18 PM »

That would be awesome, thanks pete. If they are emailable, my address is ben.freeman4@btinternet.com

And I cheated, by tuning to C G C F G E and capoing up 4 frets. It doesn't sound as good, but it is easier on strings. I am also trying to work on a few songs in case I get the chance to play out sometime, and it is an easier switch from there to play pink moon, hazey jane and then open C for a lot of the other stuff I play.

I hope to get a short scale hog parlour in the future, and would like to try some proper nick drake tunings like this on it though.

Thanks for your positive comments too, I really love playing this tune.
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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2009, 09:18:27 PM »

Ben - tabs and mp3 on their way.

cheers, Pete

PS has it stopped raining yet ?  whistling
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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2009, 09:50:01 PM »

Thanks a lot for that. I have heard a cover of that version once, and look forward to hearing it played by nick. My iPod is refusing to download it and my laptop is at work, so I'll get it in the morning.

That is if I can swim to work! It is still raining hard, with no sign of letting up!



this was at 5:30 tonight. I've never seen the river burst it's banks so severely in 10 years of living here. It has rained hard for another 5 hours since I took the picture!
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« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2009, 01:18:33 AM »

Nice picture Ben. Reminds me of my garage last week -- my garage is not as green though.

Great song and playing.
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« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2009, 05:54:21 AM »

Just woke up, still raining. I shudder to think how serious the flooding is going to be for some people in the north east of Scouland today. I guess it is nothing compared to some parts of the world, but it always seems worse when it is on your doorstep.

Thanks WileE
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« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2009, 11:04:31 AM »

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That is if I can swim to work! It is still raining hard, with no sign of letting up!
eeeekkkk !!!! Hope your place is well above the river !!

Mind you we take a wee bit of water in the way on road to work in our stride in Oxford (pic from 2007 floods on main, and actually only, road into the city from my house)

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« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2009, 06:54:18 PM »

Yeah, that's quite severe! It was unreal here today. I tried 11 different routes to work before I found one that was passable.  Here are some pics from the same road as yesterdays pic was from. These were taken by someone else.





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« Reply #19 on: October 22, 2009, 07:09:07 PM »

That looks a challenging route to work  ohmy

Hope the council manage to get the roads fixed quickly.   In meantime can I perhaps suggest "River Man" as your next Nick Drake tune though  whistling

The road down the hill into town from mine has been shut for two months and only just re-opened last Friday...... no not flooding this time but these little fellas...


 
...the road collapsed due to undermining by badgers  rolleye  ...they were banging in the biggest steel piles I've ever seen to stabilise the hillside... the road engineers not the badgers that is  wacko

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