a reply to: MiddleInitial
Its beyond normal...you sound like my twin brother on some things...and I dont have one! But, I can relate. So stop it and let me throw you a fish
here, ok???? Ill throw some stuff at you, hopefully youll find useful. First...what do you define as a baritone acoustic? Ok...moving on.
Ive been(... still am though, no so much anymore) an Associate Producer/Arranger with a well known, internationally acclaimed recording company and
studios worldwide...tracks for hits, albums, movies etc. I will leave them nameless, because it digresses from my points...hopefully some you can use.
Additionally, Ive been a guitar/keys instructor of all styles since 1972.
You sound(sorry, no real pun intended) very structured. That can be bad. We need to get out and away from things to gain perspective. Ihr, one week,
one car ride or long walk...it changes the perception and composing factor of your work.
I go back over stuff Ive done in like 1974, 1988, 1996 and 2000...and I always...ALWAYS...find something I could do better, shouldve done
differently..or even not at all. That goes with leads, chord progressions, harmonies, keys and Im a big fan of modulating up a key mid-song because it
tends to raise the anticipation of the LISTENER. But, thats just me.
Bottom line is...you can never be satisfied enough...Whether today, come back tomorrow or 20 years from now...its the BREAK IN THE CONTINUITY of you
working and listening to something SO much, thats when you tend to start gaining perspective: some-things a good thing, sometimes bad. So...like your
rehearsal studio...it can be good and a positive thing to "force you out into the night" so-to-speak.
6 hours on one or two tracks is way long...not incorrect but different for every recorder...like trying to get something perfect that really CANT be
because perfection takes time, repetition and time AWAY from recording to gain perspective. You'd be surprised. Best advice I can say on what you
wrote was that it appears youre trying and trying and trying to get something right...that really? 10 years down from now, youll listen back and
say.."Woah! I shoulda done this like....".
In other words? A musician is generally never completely satisfied...and if youre doing it all pretty much alone...thats a hard, hard thing to
achieve. Even the Beatles were never satisfied and 30 years later McCartney was still saying.."I wish I wouldve...." on some of their greatest hits.
So where does this leave you (and me..Im thinking of going back into for some more tracks myself soon-dont know)?
You/me/everyone else... can never be completely satisfied...and the harder you stay on one thing hour after hour? You dont gain perspective...you lose
it. Get up, out and away from what youre doing. Go to a different song completely. Work on something else...even break for a walk or a listen to
different types of music for a couple minutes...then go back. The idea is to gain PERSPECTIVE..hear it differently. Take the $$$ factor out of the
equation ("I paid for this time and I gotta hurry up and get this done"). True...but its not to your advantage to hurry, you know?
Nothing will ever be just perfect, because the world...especially the musical world...isnt. And thats how it is. I wish you lots of luck, and Ill
answer anything you might want to ask...just send me a p.m. message here and Ill get back...(thats if I havent thrown you completely off-track!) Pun
Well? Constructively speaking...thats the general idea. Get out and away when working. Multi-tracking, composing and playing all yourself...can drive
you crazy....and it really, really, really messes with your ears.
Looking forward to hearing some of what youve done in the future!
Good luck, God Bless...and happy tracking!
edit on 3-10-2016 by mysterioustranger because: small add