5 Easy Tips To Help Your Recording Session Go Easier
by Curtis Dean
Having a recording session is quite fun. But, things can get a little tricky at times. In fact, some would even attest that there are a few sessions that just won’t go well despite all the preparations. Even so, this doesn’t change the fact that recording sessions are great and fulfilling, especially for vocalists and musicians.
If you want to have your recording sessions much more convenient, effective, and easier, here are some tips that you may want to try for your next gig:
Practice, Practice, Practice!!!
Practice makes perfect. For sure, you’ve heard of this thought already. But, as per pros and experts, people need sometimes to be told about practicing. This is because there are cases that some forget that this is the base of everything.
So, before proceeding with your formal and official recording session, try to practice a lot first as if you are giving yourself music lessons or refresher courses. You can even set a date and target timeframe, so that you will get to improve further.
Write Down The Lyrics and Make a Song Map
Believe it or not, but, having a copy of your lyrics and a song map is a very useful tool in every recording session. As per experts, this can make things much more convenient and efficient as you will have your own guide during the recording process. In fact, most music engineers and musicians do this in every recording gig.
Basically, all you need to do is to write down the lyrics. You may also print a copy. Make sure that every line will have two to three extra spaces in between. In the spaces, you can write down notes such as the extra vocals, key changes, rhythm changes, and back-up vocals.
Know Your Gear
Knowing your gears, tools, and equipment is equally important. In every recording session, you have to familiarize yourself with all of the components of the session. Whether you will use them firsthand or not, you have to know each and every aspect of the room.
Many recording newbies tend to forget or overlook this point. And this is one of the many common mistakes of every beginner in the field. So, be sure to know your sets and gears before the start of your recording session. This should be a part of your preparations ahead of the formal session.
Use New Strings!!!
While you may know all your tools and gears, it is also recommendable for every recording artist to utilize new strings and equipment. It need not be new musical instruments. But, if you can, then it’s up to you.
Nevertheless, the main point here is to bring all the things that might come handy and useful to you.
Extra strings, picks, and spare parts of your instruments and tools will certainly be beneficial. You would not know what will happen inside the studio, so, you must be ready and prepared no matter what happens.
Break the Session Into Chunks
Your recording sessions need not be the most formal type. Besides, this is art, and creativity is one of the factors that you will need in the equation. Accordingly, you may want to loosen up and be more fluid with your activity.
Based on pros’ assessments, it is best if recording artists would do sessions little by little, rather than accomplishing one straight session. This is because breaks and time-splits allow the creativity to further grow within the room. In the end, it might help you more with your recording activities.
As a final thought, recording sessions should be enjoyed. Do not pressure yourself into perfecting the gig. Just let the creativity flow and be yourself all throughout.
Curtis Dean writes on behalf of Sage Music School where they base lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning. Their effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music. https://www.sagemusic.co/
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