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Recordings Sounding Good

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I spent most of the day teaching old guitar solos that I haven’t played in a while and got inspired to really break my recordings down into a more basic structure. If that doesn’t make sense, I can play both rhythm and lead well so by recording something simple it should help me simplify what I need to do while producing.

In the past, I would use the built-in settings in my recording console to get my sound and spend all afternoon getting wired enough to cause a short circuit to develop my riffs, bass lines, solos, drums and vocals. Today I plugged in my Line 6 POD. All of a sudden, without trying I got the sound that I wanted since day 1.

Without trying to get too creative on the songwriting side of things, I chose to do a cover tonight. “Smoke on the Water” is essentially the most recognizable guitar riff of all time, and more than likely one of the first ones I ever learned. At first, I thought that I would just record the main riff and solo over it… which sounded good but it didn’t sound much like the song. So then I learned the rhythm to the solo, and from there I ended up recording the whole song. I used a lot of the signature spots where the solo goes to get the point across and I hope that my own voice came out a bit as well.

I’m anxious to see if this kicks me into gear recording on an ongoing basis.

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