Alright – day four of our drills and exercises. This time you’re going to end up with better guitar tracks.
But before we dive into the drill (which can work for just about any instrumentalist, not just guitarists), let’s discuss some of the differences between playing a live show and performing in the studio.
Because once you realize this difference, you’ll be on your way to great sounding guitar tracks.
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Sure, you’d like to be precise when playing live. But if you accidentally slip up once or twice, the audience probably isn’t going to walk out of the venue (I guess it depends on how bad you screwed up).
But for the most part, a single missed note won’t even be detected by the average audience member. It happens, then it’s over and there’s no going back in that very moment.
But in a recording, the listener has the expectation that it is perfect. They’re going to be listening in a much more controlled, less energy crazy environment. They will generally pick up on sloppy performances in this type of environment.
And if they suspect something weird, they’ll rewind and replay. Yikes.
So what’s the drill? Controlled Practice.
That’s right, you should practice both ways. Controlled and Live.
Go nuts in your live performance. But you still need to play controlled in the studio.
Start by tracking a part for one of your songs. Play it standing up/jumping around/however you might do it live. Don’t pay much attention to playing it any differently.
Then, add a new track and try a controlled version. Play it section by section – verse, chorus, etc.
Try it several times, but try to make it perfect. More importantly, try to make it precise. Perfect rhythm, perfect strumming, perfect notes.
If you’ve never consciously thought about this before, it might be a little tough at first. You might even get a little frustrated. But don’t worry – that’s normal. It can sometimes take nine or ten times before you get the perfect verse part.
This drill is about realizing that there is a difference and knowing how to get there. Do this as many times as you like with different songs and even different instruments. You’ll start to improve your studio chops after the very fist time – so jump right in. Want some great tracks to work with? Become a Platinum Member and get instant access to ~1,000 videos and dozens of pro session files.