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El Yunque


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Ibstrat

 Genre: Samba

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Years ago I visited El Yunque National Park in Puerto Rico-an amazing rainforest.I'm hoping to someday go to Costa Rica.I love Latin guitar music-this is my attempt to play a samba.
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Uploaded: Mar 28, 2008 - 11:50:50 AM
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2008 - 11:52:49 AM Last Played: Mar 18, 2017 - 05:38:54 PM
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DWL said 3550 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
Not often first
Lovely stuff! Those cascading notes really match the picture. I always thought that one day I'd play as cleanly as that. I'm still waiting :)

Cheers

Dick
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Ibstrat said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Playing
clean is highly overrated.Your music has the most important thing.Soul!
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DWL said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Something we all have
but I appreciate the sentiment :-)

Cheers

Dick
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Macaudion said 3550 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
Painter man...
Mark, i was just listening to one of your most recent recordings that shall remain unnamed for now because, folks don't yet have access to it but, I was listening and thinking, "wow... this man must have been born w/ a guitar in his hand"... (I tried not to imagine how yer ma felt about it...LOL)

Mostly, I am struck w/ how vividly and seemingly, effortlessly, you paint such amazing works of art! The other thing that strikes me is, how they seem to sound happy and sad at the same time. Not sad in a way that would have me believe that you're a sad person, but a type of sadness that evolves from a place of an ability to deeply care. Maybe care isn't the right word - I didn't mean "care", like, as in overly concerned - more like you just seem to be in touch w/ the right emotion at the right time and ya just happen to be able to clearly express it, musically at least, and not w/ the sense that you're wallowing but, just passing through and sharing a mindful thought about it.

Beautiful work, as usual, Mark! Thanks for sharing! Dion
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Ibstrat said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Well
my Mom did say it was a very difficult birth... I'm glad you like the song.That happy/sad thing is one of my favorite things about music.If I'm putting that across at all that's great!

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Skean said 3550 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
Beautiful
Lovely playing here my friend.. Kudos
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Ibstrat said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Thanks for the
kudos which I return to you for your latest song.
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Feter said 3550 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
El Yunque
this is amazin ...the sway on the playin mark
how awesome pickin style here .man this is
outstanding .thnx for sharin !
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Ibstrat said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Thanks
Feter.Very much glad that you like it!


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bud said 3550 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
Is there a style you don't have rockin'?
Great tune - and tone. You get so much music out of six stings and ten fingers. Amazing.
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Ibstrat said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Here are
a few styles that I am quite horrible at- Bluegrass:Don't know the difference between Salt River and Salt Creek(Is there one?).Flamenco:Can play a fairly convincing Malaguena if asked by a drunk.Metal:With lots of distortion can fool my students by playing tapping part from Eruption.Can also play intro to Thunderstruck which impresses 14-year olds.Classical-used to be pretty good but haven't played acoustic in years because of hand pain.Can play some Bach pieces on a strat-they sound extra good with a wa-wa pedal...I could go on... thanks for your support,I need to go practice Salt creek(River)

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dajama said 3550 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
One day you're
going to post a track and i won't be amazed by your playing, rhythm, sense of dynamics and melodic genius! Actually, maybe not. Certainly not today. This is excellent. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I can only dream of playing like this. It is such a pleasure to hear this wonderful music you share with us. Great piece. Nicely done. Peace.
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Ibstrat said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Hey
you've got your own talents which are quite amazing.I'm glad you like what I'm doing-don't think it quite qualifies as genius!
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Moviz said 3550 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
Fluidity
is what comes to mind with your playing and especially on this number.... you captured the waterfall for sure with those descending notes, lovely piece Mark, regards M
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Ibstrat said 3549 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Thanks Moviz
Very much appreciated!
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jiguma said 3550 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
Wonderful playing as usual
Mark - you are clearly one of the best guitarists at MJ - especially in this style. This tune amazes an agricultural guitarist like myself - so many notes, so little time :)

Outstanding playing and timing.

Neil
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Macaudion said 3550 days ago (March 28th, 2008)
agricultura?l...
you got me running to my dictionary to make sure that you're not farming 'tars, Neil. I'm sure I'll learn something after this. Dion
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Ed Hannifin said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Long ago...
...I would have considered MARK to be the more 'agricultural' guitarist, 'cause he was so influenced by the Plant style...

Ed

Get it? Little joke there...
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Macaudion said 3546 days ago (April 2nd, 2008)
LOL...
You coulda spared me of that, Ed - But it mad me laff outloud although, I don't know why...

You just make me smile, Sir.
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Ibstrat said 3549 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Hay
what do you mean by agricultural guitarist? Since some of my songs are a little corny I think I should qualify.
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Ibstrat said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Thanks
Replys seem to be malfunctioning.
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Tadashi Togawa said 3550 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Beautiful performance.
Sweet harmony.

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Ibstrat said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Thanks for the comment
Tadashi.
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damiengh said 3550 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
nice
Mark, another beautiful melody played with that clean touch of yours out of that amazing sounding non-archtop.

I sent the link to this to Ken Hatfield, for I thought he might enjoy as much as I.

Keep'em coming.
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Ibstrat said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Thanks for
sending Ken the link-He is a great player!
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said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
@ 2:00
great pause there and turn-around to bring it back

nice pickin there, Mark

. - Harold
Ibstrat said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Thanks
very much!
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composerclark said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
Haunting
This is beautiful; haunting, moving, charming, both dark and light... just beautiful! I hesitate to say anything even remotely critical, because I like it so much, but I wondered about the amount of reverb you use... more than I like, I guess, but maybe it's central to the sound you're going for, in which case ignore this comment!

Great work here. You're an amazing talent.
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Ibstrat said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
You are
right about the reverb.I would have loved to have played this on my nylon string but this weird pain syndrome just won't go away.I've been messing with the sound to compensate for the really light strings I am forced to use.I'm very glad you like the song!
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Mcboy said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
clear as a bell....
fantastic inspired playing......did u check out the night glowing lake. while in the park....kool...and even kooler playing.....!!!.
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Ibstrat said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Yes
the lake is amazing.Thanks for commenting.You're 7/4 funk tune is awesome!
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Ed Hannifin said 3549 days ago (March 29th, 2008)
I hope you listen...
...to the response that you get from people 'round here whenever you post something, because something of who you are comes through in every tune, and people really respond to it... And people who listen totally GET how good you are...

Which, in turn, gets me happy...

Another good one, Mark...

Ed
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Ibstrat said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Ed
Thanks for the comment and thanks for getting me to join macjams.It's a very cool place-lots of fun.
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lengold said 3549 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Awesome
and masterful playing as always Mark. Great listen.
Cheers
Len


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Ibstrat said 3548 days ago (March 30th, 2008)
Thanks
a lot Lengold.Sambas probably are not the most popular style around here but thanks for giving it a listen!
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Doug Somers said 3547 days ago (March 31st, 2008)
Gorgeous Mark
The notes seem to roll off your strings like the water off the falls in your picture - naturally and with great beauty. You have nailed it as far as the style is concerned making a thoroughly enjoyable piece that captures your love of that part of the world.

Thanks for sharing!

Be well,
Doug
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Cori Ander said 3547 days ago (April 1st, 2008)
Suceeded
I think your attempt to play a samba worked out great. Am no samba expert but this sounds very authentic to me. Enjoyable!
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Cori Ander said 3547 days ago (April 1st, 2008)
And on second listening
And on second listening I note that I dig the composition a lot! A very attractive and interesting mood.
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Ibstrat said 3546 days ago (April 1st, 2008)
Thanks
Cori-I highly value your opinion!
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said 3545 days ago (April 2nd, 2008)
Very Contemplative
think thats correct . Makes me feel relaxed and my thoughts wonder
on the beautuful water fall in the picture that is flowing down the mountain looking so majestic gentle, cooling and calming. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely song.
Cheers
Peace Dee xx
Ibstrat said 3545 days ago (April 3rd, 2008)
Thanks
very much for listening- glad you enjoyed it!
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Bob6stringer said 3538 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
I'm in the barrel, over the falls for this
I'm completely taken aback by this piece. I used to dream of playing jazz guitar - not this well, even! Now I just play A jazz guitar (Hofner Jazzica)! I can see you holding video iChat lessons here (for pay).
Just curious: What is that guitar you're playing? Strings - fretless? Neck pickup vs. bridge pickup?
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Ibstrat said 3537 days ago (April 10th, 2008)
Thanks
The guitar is an old Ibanez Strat copy (77?) that I bought for $100.There's a picture of it on my song "Jazz Bluez Jazz".I've been having a weird pain syndrome in my left hand for a few years-this is really the only guitar that I play.For some reason it bothers my hand very little.I use real light strings because of my hand, mostly the front or front 2 pickups unless I'm playing rock.It does have frets but they are pretty worn down!Are the ichat video lessons a real thing? Thanks for the comment.I much enjoy your music.
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guitapick said 3535 days ago (April 13th, 2008)
Man...
...you're g-o-o-d....

El Yunque's a magical place...this paints the picture quite nicely...thanks.
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Scorpjammer said 3531 days ago (April 16th, 2008)
Guitarrista Extrordinaire
A beautiful piece. I thoroughly enjoyed.

saludos!
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said 3523 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Very Nice!
Very nice piece, warm feelings and wonderful performance. Enjoyed it... Thanks for sharing!

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rsolorio said 3246 days ago (January 27th, 2009)
Beautiful
I love the lush quality of the guitar and guitar work. Amazing tune
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MarkHolbrook said 3110 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
Well
I know nothing about latin guitar... I've heard some but this seems like it fits right in. I think yo succeeded!
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