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My Mom had lots of records when I was growing up.She is a big jazz piano fan.I used to lie on the floor in front of the stereo listening to Oscar Peterson,Jelly Roll Morton,Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller.Later on when I heard Led Zeppelin I completely rejected all that stuff as being "too old".Of course I now love all the old jazz stuff.(I still like Led Zeppelin-my Mom doesn't)This solo guitar piece is kind of a feeble attempt to play like Fats Waller.
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Uploaded: Nov 28, 2007 - 11:30:11 AM
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2007 - 12:39:09 PM Last Played: Jul 04, 2016 - 11:49:30 PM
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J.A.Stewart said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Right in Stride
Nice job, Mark.

Trying to play this style on the keys is hard enough (perhaps impossible for me), but pulling it off on guitar is even more impressive. ;)

--- Joe
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Ibstrat said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Thanks
a lot for your input.I enjoy messing around with stuff like this.I'm glad other people like it!
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gail60 said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Nice!
Oh to be a fly on the wall at your house and listen to all your great music! You are very gifted. Wonderful job Mark! Hug your mother. She raised a very talented son.
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Ibstrat said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
I'm glad
you like it.Your comments mean a lot.
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jiguma said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Always enjoy ...
... your playing Mark, and this is no exception. Full of admiration for "proper guitarists" like yourself. Still some glitchy sounds in the recording, but what a performance!
As Fran would say (and probably will on this) "deepest bow"!
Neil
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Ibstrat said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Most of
my favorite guitarists are not "proper" (schooled) guitarists.Sometimes I think it's better not to know too much-just use your imagination.I'm a fan of your playing for sure...you always seem to come up with interesting chords and progressions.I think most of the glitches you are hearing is me making mistakes!
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jiguma said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
:)
Didn't notice anything I'd call a mistake Mark - just a little buzz/hum stuff in the distant background.
Neil
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Feter said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Waller Rag
man this piece is just so magical , I just loved
the way you picked ,and the ol timy jazz sound
Incredible my friend ..!
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Ibstrat said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Feter
Thanks for your support.I really appreciate it!
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Doug Somers said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
You capture the light touch of the
left/right hand interplay of this piano style rather magically. A bit of a Les Paul feel in some parts too. Fully enjoyed this one Mark.

Take care,
Doug
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Ibstrat said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
I honestly
have not listened to much Les Paul- I have an album that he did with Chet Atkins.I should go back and listen to his old stuff.
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lengold said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
It doesn't
get any better than this Mark.
Cheers
Len
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Ibstrat said 3585 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Len
Great to hear from you as always.
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bud said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
If this is feeble - I'm comatose
wonderful track - loved it. Nice left hand - er - thumb.
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Ibstrat said 3585 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Well I guess
I meant feeble compared to the actual Waller who played like he had 4 hands!Thanks for checking out my song.
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futzpucker said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Another gem
Everything you bring to us here at MacJams is played with exceptional skill and heart. I love hearing your music. All of it goes directly to my iPod. Thank you for sharing your considerable talent with us.

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Ibstrat said 3585 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
I'd have to
say that I feel the same way about your music.Thanks for the kind words.
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said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
man!
your skill never cease to amaze me!!!
i would love to have this ability, and incororate into my music somehow...i would love to do the metal rag.....wait, that sounds kinda gross... i dont want to do that exactly, what i meant was..... well, i mean... uh.... just, ...never mind... your tunes are kick ass, dude!!
Ibstrat said 3585 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
I'm pretty sure
that a ragtime-metal fusion has never been attempted.The only guy I can think of who plays heavy rock and ragtime is Jorma Kaukonen-but I never heard him do both in one song.(A possible song title could be "Blood Soaked Rag".)
Thanks for the encouragement- I'm really diggin' your music-metal done right!
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Moviz said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
You
never disappoint Mark and this is no exception. So 'clean' and precise... even the syncopated bits LOL, love it all, regards M
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Ibstrat said 3585 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Thanks
for your positive feedback-much appreciated!
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Ed Hannifin said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
So I come home from work...
...and there's a new tune up from Mark...

...and IT"S ALREADY GOT THIRTEEN FANS!...And I just heard about it!...

Yeah, i guess the word is out, Mark...

Time for your award-winning 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer In Two Keys At Once'...

Followed by 'Jazz Odyssey'... I mean, you're on a roll, dude!...

Ed


Ibstrat said 3585 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Rudoph
Can't believe you remembered that Ed!I would post it but no covers allowed.Could I change the title to Rudolph the Blue-Nosed Reindeer?
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Ed Hannifin said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
Hmm...
Maybe if you call it 'a tribute to Rudolph' or 'political satire' or something...

Your version is a key cultural icon, and should not be lost...

Ed
said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Lovely!
I wish I could lay it down like you can, just graceful playing and nice choice of notes!, Cheers!
Ibstrat said 3585 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Glad you
had a chance to listen.Thanks!
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sloparts said 3587 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Amazing what you can do with 6 strings
I'm in awe of you technical skills on a guitar, and in the feel you put into your music Mark. This is jazz guitar at it's best my friend. Thanks for the early Christmas present in sharing this one.

Be well and enjoy life's music.

Ed
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Ibstrat said 3585 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Not sure
if it's really jazz-the only improv was a couple of places where I messed up and forgot what I planned to play.Thanks for your comments!
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kristyjo said 3586 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Love it!
You have a fantastic combination of 'relaxed' and 'precise' that's just so musical. I love the bass lines coming through here. I'd be jealous, except this HAS to take you thousands of hours of practice to sound this good.

Great listening - it's a download.
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Ibstrat said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
Thanks
so much.Really glad that you liked it.!
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guitapick said 3586 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
~
A "feeble attempt", eh?

Hmmmm...

...I should be so feeble...I love Fats Waller...this does it quite nicely, Mark...

Little known fact: Fats was a big Zep fan, too...
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Ibstrat said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
And
vis-versa I have a great bootleg of Zeppelin playing "Honeysuckle Rose".
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Vic Holman said 3586 days ago (November 28th, 2007)
Smooooooth!
excellent as always.

now what about blending some old jazz style with led zepplin. Immigrant Rag or communication rag-down.

Nice stuff Mark.
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Ibstrat said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
Funny you
should mention that.I am working on a song right now called "Good Times Ragtimes" which is a ragtime tribute to Led Zeppelin.I'm hoping to eventually turn it into a Broadway musical and record it with either the Boston Symphony or with Yanni.
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willnlf said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Wonderful
Rich, full, clean sound and great imagination. Heard a little Chet Atkins in the middle, but it's all one going back to the influences you mention. My first time listening to your music. I'll be back for more.
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Ibstrat said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
You are
correct.There is a riff in the middle ripped directly from Chet Atkins.Actually I ripped it from Steve Howe who ripped it from Chet Atkins Who ripped it from Merle Travis.Thanks for listening to the song!
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craft said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
lovely
I love it! Great guitar playing. Jazz is one of my favourite styles!! So I love this piece of yours..
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Ibstrat said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
I appreciate
your listening & comments.Thanks!
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Tadashi Togawa said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Gentle tone.
And, it touches feathery.
Wonderful.

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Ibstrat said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
I'm a big fan
of yours.Thanks very much.
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psexnyc said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
Sweet
Cannot critique
When the sound is so sweet
Man, your playing is a treat
Your melodies are unique
Progressions sweep me off my feet
This song is so good I had to hit repeat
Fingerpicking style is quite a feat
So many good tunes you need a tune boutique
Play this on my Ipod as I walk NYC streets
Your talent makes me grit my teeth
Don't wanna sound like a creep
When you work in your studio, I wanna peak
How do you perfect those sounds what do you tweak
Thanks lbstrat, I think you're neat
Did I mention already that this tune is sweet?

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Ibstrat said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
Rhyme
Can't make a rhyme to save my life
I think I'm being called by my wife
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said 3586 days ago (November 29th, 2007)
I pressed play
Not even a few seconds in I hit the download button. greatness on the guitar Thanks for sharing!!!!
Ibstrat said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
Thanksfor checking it out!
Your input is greatly appreciated.
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VicDiesel said 3585 days ago (November 30th, 2007)
Stride guitar?
I think you have the style down. Lots of stride, and occasional block chord melodies. Lovely piece.


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Ibstrat said 3584 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
I'm glad
you liked it.Thanks for your comment.
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Godchaser said 3583 days ago (December 1st, 2007)
What grace!
Such a nice touch.This reminds me a lot of my late father's style of playing,although he didnt have the gift like you posess it.Truely a beautiful piece of imagination.I appreciate your visiting my recent post as I might have never heard this.Very nice stuff and a instant fav!

Blessings,
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Ibstrat said 3583 days ago (December 2nd, 2007)
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ktb said 3581 days ago (December 4th, 2007)
nice
really sweet tone, and fluid style. sounds like a single take? straight from your roots. i'd let my kids listen to all the Zep they wanted if they grew up to play this well
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Ibstrat said 3580 days ago (December 4th, 2007)
Yes
it was one take- I haven't quite figured out how to punch out mistakes!I so far have recorded everything straight thru.Thanks for your comments.Greatly appreciated.
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rover101 said 3561 days ago (December 24th, 2007)
Lovely
Says it all.

Cheers, Shaky
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said 3481 days ago (March 13th, 2008)
Great!
Another masterpiece from you Mr. Mark, you musics and skills never stop to amaze me. Your work and recording is just so clear, so clean and so GREAT!! Thanks for sharing this a lot.

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MarkHolbrook said 3026 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
Well
Led Zep did some fun stuff... but frankly there are few rock bands that have touched the feel and emotion built into so many of the old pieces.

I often judge a song by how well it sticks in your mind. If you find yourself humming it for months or even years to come then it had what it takes... I don't find myself doing that with too many Zep tunes... A few but certainly not all!
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2754 days ago (March 10th, 2010)
Great...
... piece of music. Gotta love that ol' feel here!
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Philip18 said 2274 days ago (July 3rd, 2011)
Outstanding
Just caught up with this one - and glad I did! I love the tone of the guitar, but mostly love what you're playing. Very melodic, lively and clean. You are a seriously talented guitar player!
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