Why You Need to Hit The Big Red Button

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Recording is one the most exciting, more terrifying things a musician can do. It is essentially a spotlight on everything you do, the way hit the drum, pick the string or play a chord. Sometimes you leave the studio  feeling like a million bucks other times you want to quit playing music and go eat a gallon of ice cream, it’s the nature of the beast. All of this however can be a huge learning experience and make you a better musician in numerous ways. WAIT!! Before you start thinking in your head, “This completely impractical, I don’t have any recording equipment.” Almost everyone has some type of recoding gear, whether its a laptop or a cellphone just start recording yourself and listening back. It will make a huge difference in your playing. So now here are the reasons you need to hit the big red button.

1. Tone

When you start to record you’ll begin to notice that your tone probably needs some work. Some people like to just record and fix tone in post. Wrong! Get it almost perfect with just your instrument and the mic. You should only need to eq a tiny bit after. Guitar Players: Try putting your ear where the mic is, whatever it sounds like there is what the mic is going to sound like.

2. Technique 

Technique is the most important past of playing any instrument. Playing right on the click, picking properly, not clicking bass notes when the dynamics build. All of these things come into play when you record yourself. When you play live it is much easier to be sloppy and get away with it. Recording yourself should begin to challenge you to play more proper live.

3. Patterns

Patterns are a huge part of recording. Playing lead lines  at the same points of verses, choruses and intros, choosing the same drum pattern every time you hit the chorus and picking a kick pattern that the drummer and bass player lock into. All of this creates unity and makes a song a good song. There are exceptions to all of these rules, but on the whole the are a huge part of recording.

4. Emotion and Energy

Now you may think that when you record it’s all notes and part and you don’t need to have any emotion. It’s the exact opposite. You need to be over emotional with your playing. Some of the greatest records were made by over emotional bands in a studio playing like their lives depended on it. If a vocalist sings a part with no emotion  it transfers through to the listeners ear and can cause the song to sound boring and meaningless.

There are many more tips and techniques about recording but these are some the major bullet points that can help you grow as a musician. Feel free to comment and leave some feedback.

 

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