"I'm almost 60. My digital recorder is a stand alone unit and it's not a computer although it acts like one. My major problem is finding the time to work on stuff. Being OCD and very picky about what I like takes a lot of time."
"Thanks Jeremy. There will still be solo songs on the CD but the friends I have are so talented and I am honored that they would even play with me let alone guest on my CD. I did sing backup on one song on their latest CD.
"That sounds like a good take on it Dave. One think that you might want to keep in mind is that an audience is not going to expect you to whip out this full sounding arrangements once they see you on stage, alone, with an acoustic…"
"I have two very talented friends who I have recorded two tracks with already. They are a husband and wife duo. Jay, the husband, added harp (a real harp not harmonica), he also played a plucked dulcimer and a bowed dulcimer. Abby, the wife, added…"
"I agree with Tom. On both of my latest CDs, one finished and one almost done, I performed all the parts myself and I certainly can't do that live. I figured I would only perform the ones that I felt I could do justice live, like acoustic and…"
"I've noticed it doesn't seem to be as big a deal with my audience as it is for me (when I record in such a way that I cannot perform live). It is not uncommon to hire others to play instruments you don't play (in my case drums or…"
I am mostly an acoustic singer/songwriter. I'm in the process of recording some of my own songs. When I do perform them it will most likely be as a solo performer. However, I have many friends who are excellent musicians and willing to work with me in the recording process. Where do you draw the line when it comes to recording tracks that you know you can't duplicate in a live setting.?See More
"Michael S. JacksonShe suggested one line. I liked it but after the friendship went sour I choose to not use her line. there were no promises made and I came up with my own line that works just as well. The sad part is I lost what I thought was a…"
"David RigbyWhen I said, "one line", I may have been unclear. She suggested a change in the lyrics and only contributed that one line which I have changed to something of my own. So if I had left it her way I still would have written 99.9%…"
"FloridaGull...It was just one line but I really liked the change. However, I changed the line my own way to say pretty much the same thing. I was just curious about how others work on collaborations. She and I exchanged emails of lyrics."
"Do you collaborate on songwriting? I had run some lyrics past what I thought was a good friend. The friendship/relationship went sour and now I have to redo the lyrics she helped with. Any suggestions? What would her share of the royalties be if I…"
Me and my Dear, Sweet Samantha. Oh how we loved to play music together. Even if she was just singing. There was so much more potential that we never got to realize. This was found by my Dear Friend Amy. She said the photo was in an envelope marked…
"Yes, this is a big topic to master - Mixing & Mastering.
As the other comment suggests EQ, specifically low and mid frequencies usually need to be pruned - because a thudding, muddy sound in the mix will shoot the level meter up, but the…"
"Years ago I purchased a program from a British gent called "Wave Repair" and used it originally to clean up vinyl recordings and then later to clean up cassettes. A neat feature was "Get Fingerprint" where once you've…"
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Fender F65 steel string acoustic,
Guild F4 NT HR steel string acoustic,
No name mountain dulcimer,
No name electric bass,
No name electric 12 string,
Chimes archtop acoustic,
Symphony Grand piano, made in Chicago, a real grand in my livingroom.
Sequetial Circuits synthesizer,
Various percussion devices.
What type of music do you like to play?
Whatever comes out.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
Thanks for listening to "Run Again!" I have played alone for so long it would be difficult to play with a group. And my knowledge of bass playing is non-existent! I do have some drum loops that I've used in the past but not enough knowledge on my mixing abilities. I use the free program Audacity to record all my tunes.
A few years ago I tried playing live with a keyboardist and a drummer and I had a hard time keeping within their framework. I play too loose! I only practice with a electronic metronome once in awhile. I guess you could say I'm a wild cannon!
I only have a couple of local friends that still play, most of them have moved on to other activities than music. So I go on playing music on my own with the computer as my tool.
I, too, would like to here group arrangements for my tunes, that would be great!
Thanks for taking time to listen and comment! Yes, Neil Young is one influence as well as the Beatles and others. In fact I have the Easy Guitar book for their Deja Vu album of CSNY and I like to play "Helpless" for fun. "Old Man" is also a favorite to play and sing, also a Neil Young tune.
I think I am a stylized rhythm player and an improvising lead player. No telling what my lead will sound like the second or third time around! It's just part of my learning so much by myself and only being in a garage band in High School, no one to take the sharp corners off!
On "Open Secret," I used my Toneport UX1 with the Gearbox software set to microphone only and using a Detroit RnB vocal preset for playing and singing, keeping it simple but adding some flavor to the song. I am from Michigan and live about an hour away from Detroit! So a little MoTown influence too.
Keep playing in that simple music style, many times it's what sounds best!
Came a listened to your listing of tunes and really enjoyed myself! I like your simple approach to your songs and you have a very pleasant singing voice. I followed the link from Songwriters. You are welcome to come and have a listen at my page anytime!