Today I recorded the lead track. Here is the song from start to solo as it is just now:http://www.vestlending.com/musikk/B2-Ea ... h-lead.mp3
Just did a quick mixdown and mastering, not sure if the mix is ok or not.
The guitar tone is not perfect, it is ok but could be better. But I am not sure if I can
find something in my PODxt that fits the song better.
Here is how I did make the lead track.
First I just listend to the backing track while improvising some lead to it.
The starting melody (from 00:36 to 00:50) came very quick, but I thought it was to simple and silly to use.
This first melody is pure E-minor pentatonic stuff.
So I wanted something else. The flute melody was very distracting when I was trying to make
a melody so I had to mute the flute.
I looped the first verse and just tried to come up with a melody that could fit it.
After some time the next melody part came to me. It's the one I play from 00:50 to 01:07.
This melody is more from E-aeolian.
I liked this one, but was not sure if it should be used in the verse or in the chorus.
After playing around for some time I came back to the "silly" pentatonic melody that came
to me first. Sometimes you got to stick to what comes first, because it often is the best.
And so I thought it could be cool to first play the "silly" pentatonic melody and then the E-aeolian melody.
You will hear I play the pentatonic melody two times, then the E-aeolian melody also two times.
And now we got a complete verse, that is in the mp3 file from 00:36 to 01:07.
And now comes the first chorus. The first chorus is in the mp3 file from 01:07 to 01:40.
First I in the chorus just repeated the E-aeolian melody one more time and added some
more melody stuff to "fill up". Also took the melody up an octave and repeated it.
Just listen to the chord progression and find something that goes with it.
As I wrote before the key is E-minor so E-aeolian can be used all the time. Easy Listening as it is.
And now I had a verse and a chorus. So as I wrote before I for verse 2 just went up an octave
and the same with chorus 2. But chorus 2 is a bit longer than chorus 1 so also had to find
some more "melody stuff" to "fill up". I added some long tones that fit the chord progression.
Verse 2 is from 01:40 to 02:11 in the mp3 file, and chorus 2 from 02:11 to 03:11.
First solo starts at 03:11, very typical rock guitar solo start.
I did record the lead track now. For verse 3 and chorus 3 just repeated verse 2 and chorus 2.
For solos, just some typical "rock guitar pentatonic and aeolian guitar solo work".
For the repeating vamp/groove at the end I played a little like the flute melody in the start of it and
later repeating some melody lines from earlier in the song. And also improvised some more
"typical rock guitar stuff".
I did record the lead track in one singel take, just had to re-take the first part of verse 1 because it was
not good enough played. This is much how I like to work with music now. Record as much as possible
in one takes. Not spend houres or days on making everything perfect. I just play now for fun.
But of course it has to be "good enough", so sometimes it takes many takes and long time.
Sometimes the different between "perfect" and "good enough" can be weeks or months hard work.
Ok I now thought I had the song more or less finished. After dinner and a little walk I wanted to record
yet another one take of the complete lead track. And this time I found out that the melody in
the choruses could be played a little different. And I liked it better this new way.
So I had to re-take chorus 1 and 2. Chorus 3 I just kept as it was first played.
I think it is nice chorus 3 is a bit diffrent from chorus 1, can become to much repeating in a song like this.
So what you hear in the mp3 file is how the song and lead track now has become.
And I believe I am not gone change anything more, but need a night sleep to clear my mind and ears.
And tomorrow I will just listen to the song, solo's and find out if it is "good enough" or if I should re-take
I am working quick with my songs now, not targeting "perfection". Just "good enough", good enough for
me I must say. This is song no. 16, just got one more to finish. Than comes X-mas and
Battlestar Galactica season 4, the final season
As I wrote I will later post all my new songs in the "Self-Promotion Showcase".
Maybe later this week if I get the last one also done in 1-3 days.
The guitar used is a Fender Stratocaster, through a wha-wha and into my PODxt.
Also the same strat for the guitar rhythm.
Software is Sony ACID Music Studio 7.0 (price around 50$) for multi track recording and
Sony Sound Forge 9.0 for mastering.
I am playing guitar, bass and keyboard for this song. Keyboard in one or two finger work for me.
I am using the keyboard "arpeggiator" for the organ sound, and the fluet is one finger keyboard playing.
I am happy I can correct my keyboard playing mistakes later in ACID (with MIDI)
Drums are drum loops, from betamonkeymusic.com and also believe I used some from Sony.
Any questions? Just ask.