Now that I’m either unemployed or retired, I have time to focus on playing guitar and piano. Writing flows naturally out of my sessions. Most mornings now begin with an hour of exploration on the guitar. Below, a chord structure I’m building into a song. I call it “Shanty,” although that is subject to change.
I recorded this tune on my Zoom R-24. An incredible recording studio. I amped up and augmented the individual tracks in Adobe Soundbooth, then I mixed down the tracks in Adobe Audition.
I duplicated the guitar track a couple of times, so I mixed together three guitar tracks (amped, reverb, digital delay). Gibson J-200 plugged direct into the board, instead of mic’d, so the sound is a little metallic. Good and bad there. I'll probably record the guitar track through a high quality mic in the next cut. Get that softer acoustic tone.
Wish I’d recorded this with a drum track. Maybe next cut I’ll do that. This time around, I wanted to get the form of the song down.
Four times through the chord structure. The third time through, I mix in an accordion track that I played on my Kurzweil PC-2X. In the final verse, I dubbed in a bass line played on the trombone voice of my Kurzweil. Wanted to play a tuba, but couldn’t find the sound.
Words? Don’t have any yet. It’s a sad, reflective song. That’s all I know for now.