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”.
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.
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.
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].