Monk Main Theme (original) - Jeff Beal

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  1. kustze

    kustze New Member

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    REQ: Help with finishing this MIDI

    Hi all,

    I've just started out making my own MIDIs and I am kinda stuck. I am working on the theme to Monk (tv series) and I've gotten the main melody down. Somehow I can't manage to "fill up" the soundscape with the background guitar and percussions.

    Basically I'm searching for a kind soul to have a look (listen?) and aid me out by completing the MIDI. Of course tips on how to start building up those extra layers of sound are also welcome.

    I've put the MIDI and an MP3 of the theme song on some webspace, so you don't need to waste your hard earned $$$ on them. Here are the MP3 version and the MIDI version (main melody only)

    TIA
  2. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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  3. Black_Kat

    Black_Kat Horny Hornist

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    (this is just proof that this man has too much time on his hands ;) And he's a good Uncle too!)

    What program are you using, kustze? Do you mean you want to make another track?
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  4. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    Don't I wish!! :)
  5. kustze

    kustze New Member

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    thanks!

    ZelRiptha: saying it's "fairly close" to what I'm after would be understating the case :) That is one very nice makeover you did there, thanks a lot!

    Black_Kat: I'm using Anvil Studio, still getting the hang of it really. Yes, I want to insert another track(s) into my song. I know how to do that, technically, though. It's just that I can't seem to get anywhere sequencing those background sounds/music. Guess it's more of a "learning to hear what's going on" issue than a technical one.
  6. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    You're welcome, kustze. :)

    If you need pointers on listening, feel free to ask questions. This tune was a little tricky to get the "ears" for. ;) I find laying the bass line down first helps to get the harmonic progression into perspective.
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    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    By the way, my accompaniment isn't perfectly true to the original. Where my hearing failed me, I just faked it! :p
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    dueden New Member

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    nice hehe
  9. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    So, kustze, have you continued your midi practice? Your first melody was spot-on pitchwise. It just needed a little jazzing up. :) Have you made any other sequences yet?
  10. kustze

    kustze New Member

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    Hey ZelRiptha, haven't gotten around to some MIDI practice. Just found out the department I'm working at will be shut down starting September 1st, so I've got more important things on my mind for the time being :(
  11. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    Ouch!! :( I hope things go your way... good luck! :thumbsup:
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    yes good luck =it takes a lot of practice and good ears it seems
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  14. ZelRiptha

    ZelRiptha Thnow White but I drifted Staff Member Super Mod

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    Hi Jack,

    By the way, Jeff Beal, the composer of the original Monk theme, has generously provided sheet music on his web site.

    Here is the link:
    http://www.jeffbeal.com/MONKMainTitleJB2002.pdf

    Another fellow has since helped me improve my MIDI file. His nom de plume is "MikeSound", but I don't have my original e-mail here at the moment to gather his formal name. He used the correct Jeff Beal chord progressions to correct my original mis-hearing of some of the chords.

    Here's a link to his work:
    http://home.houston.rr.com/oehl/mid/MonkTVCompbyJeffBealSeqbyMarkOehl2.MID

    Cheers and good luck on your working out the theme. I bet it'll sound great!
    ZR

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