Studio Time Again – Practice and Premeditation

To the Studio for side B

I’m leading into the release of my first ep, “Jacob Morrison Side A”. It’s time to start side B. This time I’m on my own now for the most part, and will be tracking bass and guitar on my own. I’m very lucky to have help from a friend of mine named Alex. He saw me play and invited me to be recorded in his personal studio.

I’ve created five pieces of music so far with Alex, and I am very happy with the result. He’s going to be providing drums for side B. I have a lot of fun with Alex and look forward to completing this song in one go. I’ve got to write a few more, but I hope to have them ready shortly after the full release of side A.

The Challenge

Studio time is incredibly important, and incredibly challenging as well. It takes preparation, practice, and once you’re done its set for the rest of time. I’ve had studio sessions that sent me home wondering if I really even wanted to continue. I also remember the thrill of a momentum drive, smooth, creative session where everything falls together. I wait now until tomorrow comes, to take another shot at this.

I’ve changed my guitar strings and cleaned my fret board. I’ve practiced my song quite a few times, and to a metronome at a selected bpm. Now I’m getting ready to pack up my car with my gear for tomorrow. All of these things are important, but there seems to be an intangible element of the musical creative process. This thing is like an atmosphere, or a vibe. When things have gone well, I manage to maintain a peace and calm.

The Metronome

Inside of the studio there is but one god and absolute rule, it’s the metronome. If you don’t have a cast of musicians to lock into a groove live in track, you’ll have to use a metronome as a reference. This keeps time evenly as you track each layer individually. Any lick, riff, chord progression, or technique you have is only valuable if you can perform it in time with the metronome.

Practicing for the studio demands the met, but you also have to be very deliberate in strum pattern and dynamic level throughout the song. You’ve got to be able to produce the sound that will be repeated again and again each time that it’s heard. I took these experiences, good and bad, and returned to the workshop a while back. To be more competent in the studio I’ve reworked all that I know with groove in mind.

Studio Soul

There is another side to this as well. Every bit of preparation and practice means nothing without the emotion and soul behind it all. The details and execution have to be consistent, but only to ferry along the emotional waves that the song will contain. On some level you must develop an emotional state designed for what you want your listener to feel. What are you telling us with your song? How do want to make everyone experience your sounds?

The main obstacle I encountered in making the last five songs, was creating sufficient enough backing vocals and harmonies. I think tomorrow will go better than last time. To be honest last time turned out really good as well. One day, after many tries, and much gear gathering, I hope to be able to build tracks at home on a computer. These sessions are vital lessons in what a track requires to sound complete.

A Noble Grind

I love music, I live for it, and always called myself a guitarist. Later as I developed my voice and my ability on bass and drums, I considered myself a musician. Now that I’ve seen the process of creation to its fruition, this starts to feel more like art. To be an artist is something more encompassing than the previous terms, but deals with making a craft. A daily dedicated discipline of sacrifice and self expression.

Songs are a craft, and true crafts develop over the course of a lifetime. I look forward to seeing this grow year after year. More songs to express the ever developing facets of my own psyche and soul. I think I’ve finally found something that I want to pour myself into. Like a blade getting sharper each day, we can be sharper because of our crafts. Everyone has their thing, and these things provide purpose for the lost masses of humanity.

I will move forward and continue to the studio session, and hope to be able to provide value to you through this craft.

Thanks to all who may read, I appreciate it greatly.

Have a great day

3 thoughts on “Studio Time Again – Practice and Premeditation

  1. JacobrjMorrison says:

    thanks so much for the comment. i hope to provide more value to you soon

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