Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Preparing set list for Larsen show Friday

I brushed off some older songs and I will definitely be playing "Hidden Meadow Song" which I have never played on stage before. It hasn't been recorded either. My voice isn't able to sustain the high notes in the chorus of "Coming Home". I can if I drop the guitar down a step or two, but I don't have enough guitars to have one ready in that tuning and I don't want to waste time detuning on stage. I'm considering "Where You Are" but I am reworking the bridge because I can't sing it the way it is written because a few notes are too high. Dang how age plays with your vocal range. However I met some vocal coaches at Summer Jam West that teach SSL (speech level singing) that say they can increase my range. I should take at least one lesson with Dean Kaelin.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer Jam West was a blast!

A lot of top industry people came out and spent valuable time visiting with us and teaching us various aspects of the music industry, production, singing, writing, networking, and on and on. There is no way I could have gotten all the personal time I had with these people through normal channels. I made some new friends and reacquainted myself with some old ones; a great networking opportunity. I don't have aspirations to be a star, but there is something in me that says I have to write and perform regardless and it is extremely rewarding to make a connection with someone through my music. Summer Jam solidified what my goals are for the next little while. Number one is to help build a thriving music community in Salt Lake. Number two is to keep learning about writing and production and perfecting the craft. I love it!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lowdown Choices to make!

I've been playing with the compressor, reverb, and room effects on my TASCAM recording console. I'm getting some things that I like and some I don't. One thing I am learning about mixing is that the input signal needs to be good first. When I record my vocals I need to make sure I have an even line level. Lowdown has a few spikes in it and compression can help even that out, but it can only do so much. The more I record the better I will be at evening my vocals. This is also improving my singing all the way around and my mic control.

So I made about a dozen mixes of "Lowdown" and posted them on DropBox to get opinions. Check these three out and tell me what you like or don't like in these or which one you prefer:

1. Lowdown Choice #1
2. Lowdown Choice #2
3. Lowdown Choice #3

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mixing Mixing Mixing

Mixed several versions of "Lowdown". I mixed 4 of the takes, but I am working with only 2. One is a live take with vocal and guitar recorded together and one with the parts recorded separately. I've got 3 or 4 mixes of each one. I'm working with chaining effects and doing different things on each channel. I will be posting a few versions soon to solicit opinions about which sounds the best.