Song: “I Wonder (2008)”

An original composition; performed, arranged & mixed by: Ivan Chew.

“I Wonder (2008)” Listen/ download the higher quality versions at ARCHIVE.ORG

I had this tune (for the rhythm) in my head and recorded a few notes in GarageBand. Then realised my opening sounded like Pachelbel’s Canon! Except I’d recorded in “C” key rather than “D”.

Not that I played it like how this guy did it. My background melody was closer to the original classical composition Canon in D opening melody.

Maybe you won’t notice it, ‘cos it’s quite subtle. I didn’t intentionally model this song after Pachelbel’s. Once my song starts, it’s nothing like the classical piece. What I wanted was to compose a soothing and relaxing guitar instrumental piece.

I recorded the Grand Piano track first, followed by the Orchestra Strings (using GarageBand built-in instruments). The drums was modified from the “Relaxed Drum Groove” loop. Then the “live” guitars.
I Wonder (2008)

There’s only two guitar effects for this song: “West Coast Wah” and the “Thick Jazz” default effects (manual Gate and Visual Equaliser adjustments).

I decided on the West Coast Wah effect after toying with other electric lead/ amp effects. Decided that the default Wah gave the song a fitting relaxed groove. I didn’t layer the guitar tracks too much or try to shred, since the Wah effect would give that sort of (what I’d call) “tonal complexity” to the song.
Auto Wah setting ("I Wonder 2008")

I tweaked the measures and moved some “bars” around. Then I added one more Orchestral String layer (for the break). Finally added the “live” bass.

[Also posted at Starfish Stories :: The Band].

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