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The journey of a song – Part 1

I want to take you on a little journey into song with me.

I don’t know how it is going to turn out, but that’s part of the fun, right?

I’ve started working on a new song, “I Will Confess“, and want to share the process with you.

I’d previously had the idea and recorded it on my phone; just random lyrics and an acoustic guitar groove.

Then I’d recorded the basic sections (verse, bridge and chorus) onto the computer (just by sticking a mic in front of the acoustic guitar).

Next was shuffling the various parts about (think cut and paste, but for audio rather than text) until I was happy with the structure of the song.

Now I have the template, today, I started recording things “properly“.

This meant grabbing my electric guitar (a Patrick Eggle Berlin Pro, for those interested!), plugging it into some pedals (an Effectrode Blackbird into a Torpedo C.A.B.), twiddling some knobs on the pedals and my guitar until I had a sound I liked and recording the rhythm guitar part over a click track (a basic metronome).

Once I’d done one take, I twiddled the knobs a little more to get a similar-but-different sound and recorded the same rhythm guitar part again.

Why twice? So that I can push one to the far left speaker (pan left) and the other to the far right – to eventually give the song a pleasingly large and wide stereo sound.

I may not end up using the two parts like that (or at all) but it’s a starting point, a framework on which to hang the rest of the other instruments.

(listen to the raw guitar parts on the YouTube link below)

After that, I started working on a drum beat.

My drum playing isn’t great, but, nonetheless, this will be the first song I’ve done where I will have recorded all the main band parts live (i.e. bass, drums, guitar and vocals).

Still a long way to go, and one’s never quite sure how it’ll turn out, but hopefully, as the journey of this song unfolds in these blog posts, the story will at least be of merit!


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