On Wednesday 04 June 2008, David Tisdell wrote:
> I am only a so so guitar player. What I want in the piece is beyond my
> ability to play it. I'll try the offset for a few bars to see if that is
> worth the work. Otherwise, I may need to recruit a guitarist.
Recruiting a real guitarist would be better, if possible, but if you're in
need, and determined...
* Don't forget that guitars usually strum up too. If all your notes are offset
the same way, it sounds even more fake.
* Strumming implies chords, and if you're doing something that should be
humanly playable, each string is probably going to ring out for some time
until strummed again. You can play with sustain in order to mimic this, or
if notation isn't important (and it probably shouldn't be if you're already
futzing about with these small rests and intentionally stepped out chords,)
you can draw the notes out extra long. Especially the bass notes.
* Don't forget to play with velocity. Some notes usually take more of an
accent naturally, and the accent can be varied intentionally to produce
various effects. If you want to fake a guitar, you need to mimic this kind
of thing by tweaking velocity in subtle ways.
* Rosegarden doesn't have a "humanizer" function to try to fake this for you
automagically, but the good news is all the commercial ones I played with
used to do a horrible job anyway, and there's no substitute for spending
seven eternities endlessly diddling everything, in order to produce the least
lame results possible (which are still, sadly, quite lame.)
D. Michael McIntyre