I did this a few months ago.
Sorry, no video as I’ve got no video recorder short of a telephone + even if I had a video recorder I don’t have a clue how to put video and audio together.
This is also one of my first attempts at recording using finger picking instead of using a guitar pick which is how I normally play.
This is 5 tracks.
main vocal copy
I know, that’s 6 tracks, but the vocal track has a copy of the original vocal, I just leaned one L and one R. This seemed to give me a fuller sound, I thought.
Mostly I didn’t use any daw effects on this. Short of, the main vocal has daw reverb added, the ‘vocal copy’ is dry. Also, the bass isn’t a bass, it’s my Casino, then used the daw to drop a full octave so it became the bass.
Pretty sure this was done shortly after I got my prri. So there is tremolo and reverb added, but it’s via the amp, not the daw.
Main guitar used is a China Casino
Inversion guitar used is a Reverend Double Agent W
Bass is the Casino, daw drop octave
Amp used is a '65 Princeton Reverb-Amp reissue.
Solo 2i2 interface
daw by traction waveform12.
All parts live mic except the vocal which is just mic straight into the interface.
This was a fun song to do. Wish I could have done the vocal harmony, but it was beyond my skills at this point. I don’t sing.
Man ! This is very good Jim ! love it ! The technique is good. But what I love over all that, is the the music you make. It doesn’t sound technical, it sounds easy and there is an atmosphere. You create an atmosphere. You could play all the notes great and there could be no atmosphere, no poetry… You manage to do that with a so simple little song. Bravo ! Keep on my friend.
Man ! This is very good Jim ! love it ! The technique is good. But what I love over all that, is the the music you make. It doesn’t sound technical, it sounds easy and there is an atmosphere. You create an atmosphere. You could play all the notes great and there could be no atmosphere, no poetry… You manage to do that with a so simple little song. Bravo ! Keep on my friend. "
Thanks for the very kind words BigLuc. Them kinda words ‘to me’ are most inspirational. I very much appreciate your comment.
Jim, that was really good. Great production and both playing and singing were pretty fine. Nothing wrong with your singing either but harmonies are not easy at all, maybe something for the future.
Thanks for the kind reply SgtColon,
While I may have some background in playing a instrument (much of it forgotten long ago), I’ve never had one class in how to sing. It makes me crazy too. I hear the harmony’s in my mind but can’t make my voice comply. And your right, it ain’t easy. Kinda frustrating to me even. Heck, most of the time I can’t even sing a melody that I hear in my mind too…
Worse yet, I can’t play guitar and sing at the same time, mostly. That song and any others I do I have to play the music first and then come back on a separate track to lay down the vocals. I really gotta think about where I’m trying to go with the vocals.
Nice of you to comment on my production too. I’m pretty new to manipulating a daw. So that’s a challenge for me too.
Actually, it’s all a challenge to me. I’m not gifted for doing anything. Everything I do, I got to work at it to get where I’m going. I recon I ain’t lonely and there are many others in my boat too, but it’d sure be cool if something just came natural to me. Oh well. That just leaves a lot for me to learn and aspire to.
Excellent performance, really enjoyed that one! Well done!"
Thanks for the listen and kind words mikemycroft.
Ain’t nothing better than when other folks enjoy what you’ve done. Much appreciated words mikemycroft.
I have one revision as I think about how it did this song. The higher inversion chords done on the Reverend were played through my supro blues king 12 amp w/a joyo tremolo added. So both guitars have tremolo added, but use different amps and different method of adding in the tremolo. So it is two different guitars and two different amps.
side note, wish I could figure out how to quote others here on this forum?
Thanks Stephen. I never thought of that song as having a lullaby quality. But that is a very good description of that song. I, for sure find it to be a soothing song.
on the shaker egg. I really thought I wanted some percussion in my rendition and I have no drum set. So in lieu of no drums I have a choice of tambourine, maracas, shaker egg or I do have some bongos. The shaker egg seemed to be the best option for this song. Funny about the egg too. I can’t hear it in the mix. I had to have someone help edit the vol. of the egg. I had it too loud as my hearing is faulty at around the shaker egg frequency. Glad you were able to hear it. I know it’s there, wish I could hear it short of isolating the egg track…
Sometimes it’s good to have others listen to what we do for second opinions as to how the mix should be.