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One Take Joe

July 7, 2012

I’m doing a song parody for a friend of mine.  I am notorious for not being happy with takes, and spending about 20 hours just to nail a single take.  Ok, that is somewhat of an exaggeration, but not much.  Since I’m not a fan of cutting and pasting the good parts of separate takes together, this means that I have to pound through one solid take to be completely happy.  If there is one single screwup, I delete it and start over (not exactly the most efficient method, but I’m stubborn).

To be honest, it doesn’t matter if the part is really simple, I tend to screw it up.  In fact, simpler stuff is usually much harder, because if you get a little ahead or behind the beat it is that much more noticeable.  In truth, I am far more of a live musician than a studio musician, because I thrive off of the energy of the crowd and I love improvisation.  In a studio setting it is so sterile and boring that it is really hard to get into the mood.  And if you aren’t in the right mood, this will translate into the recording, it will sound dull and uninspired.  This is especially true for any sort of jazz or improvisational work.  If I’m not in the zone, then my solo will sound like a retarded monkey with banana fingers on the guitar (trust me, I’ve heard it).

Anyhow, long story short, I nailed this drum take on the first try.  Woohoo!  Granted, it is a simple backbeat groove, but like I said, simple beats are the ones that I have trouble with.  Now the only thing left is like 4 guitar parts (including slide and acoustic), a bass part, a lead vocal, backing vocals, a pad synth, and a tambourine during the chorus.  The only thing this tune is missing is a little cowbell (but, I can fix that).  It’s been a while since I recorded anything, so this is actually pretty therapeutic for me.  I’m diggin’ it.

Once it is finished, I’ll definitely post it here.  However, since it is for a friend, he will get first dibs on featuring it.

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