Clever workaround/emulation, if I may say so myself (Prince content)

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  1. jdogric12

    jdogric12 Supporting Member

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    So it was bound to happen... one of the bands I play in is rehearsing Prince's "Kiss" tonight for tomorrow night's show. I initially cringed, but figured I could enjoy it if I did it right, instead of half-assing it like many cover bands do with Prince. So I spent a few hours last night working on it... mostly searching the net for info on the production, and "the chord."

    I'll start with the chord. As I suspected, it's not just one guitar. It's likely two, playing (ascending from D/12th fret) D F# B C# E. I thought maybe I'd take a 12-string and tune one of the B strings up a whole step, but, no. Won't have the same funk as the 6er I plan to play (a Suntech). So I'm having the singer play xxx779 while I play x-x-12-11-12-12.

    Then there is the rhythm instrument you hear throughout most of the song, from before the first verse. Sounds synth-y. Turns out it's an acoustic guitar run through a compressor sidechained from the hihat line out of the drum machine. That would be much harder for me to replicate... so I came up with what I think is pretty clever. I set up a drum machine, not to be heard, but for the drummer to listen and play along to, and I take the MIDI tempo out of that to sync to my Boss Slicer, which has a pattern that's not too far off the original. (I think it's Bank 2, pattern 3, IIRC, for you SL-20 owners playing along at home).

    No bass guitar in this song. Interesting!
     
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    Rehearsed last night! It went really well. Drummer was (is) a pro, followed the machine flawlessly. The two-guitar chord nailed it. I wish our vocals were up to snuff but hey you can't have it all, right?
     
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    Do the 12 inch version. People won't be expecting that.

     
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    i covered it once before, we did it in a Prince/Tom Jones hybrid
     
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    Kudos for going the extra mile to get it right.
     
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    Thanks! The show was last night and all the crazy contraptions we hooked up for this totally worked! I can't claim to have nailed every note in the solo perfectly, but I reckon if it was graded like schoolwork, I would have earned a solid B.
     
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    I have a live show of Prince, and he's teasing a girl in the front. At one point he says, "Maybe she wants a 'Kiss'", and then he plays "the chord" - by himself.
     
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    On further study, it sounds like the "impossible chord" is only the first one that kicks off the song... all subsequent "the chord"s sound like the 1-guitar version: x-x-12-11-12-12. I'd be interested to see/hear your show, Doug, got video linky?
     
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    No, it's on CD - "2nd nite alone in Chicago". I think it's just the x-x-12-11-12-12 chord.
     
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    An awful lot of work for a 3 minute song.
     
  11. jdogric12

    jdogric12 Supporting Member

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    Thank you for the compliment! :)
     
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    Same thing with "When Doves Cry".
     

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