Do I sense a lack of confidence in your singing? When the volume of external sound (instruments, crowds, traffic) interferes with hearing yourself, it can throw your pitch off, which can then further deflate confidence.
If the guitar were turned down a bit, I think you'd hear yourself better, and we could hear the lyrics better.
@twovoyagers oh yes definitely detected correctly, and good advice! i might also use one of my mics next time. usually i just overproduce lol ( https://nydel.sdf.org/mk.2020.05/meerkat.something-between.demo.mp3 )
The effects are from a TC Helicon HarmonyG-XT. That particular setting (factory default 4A) clones one voice that follows the bass note of the guitar chord, and another a 5th above the singer. I just got it this winter and wish I'd discovered such a thing existed 20 years ago when they came out.
That setting also has a slap effect which is what you're hearing on the strings. I usually like to keep a fairly light touch on the effects.
Just listened to it again, and maybe I inadvertently turned off the 5th above. I sure don't hear it.
@twovoyagers i kinda think at least one of us would hear 7 semis up, i played it a bunch last night and again this morning (i always loved that song — are any of the verses new? some of them i’ve never heard & though my work is kinda indie electronic now i used to play exclusively folk rock just me and a martin) & i didn’t notice a parallel fifth effect. but then again it’s a rather rich-yet-not-too-wide guitar and i’ve used fifths to build that kind of sound hmmm in fact ...
> are any of the verses new?
Pretty sure it's straight out of one of the many music books I have. Lyrics are all original.
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