Guitar is Just Like a Cowbell, and it’s NOT like Violin, Sort-of.
Guitar is one of those instruments that’s pretty easy to play, but really hard to play WELL. Like a Cowbell.
Let me explain.
I’ll bet you know at least 5 people who play guitar. Most them don’t play it very well or with much finesse, but they play it and have fun. Their friends sometimes even like it.
I’ll bet you also know at least, uh, NOBODY, who’s main claim to fame is playing cowbell. (Unless you’re into playing latin music, in which case, EVERYBODY wants that gig.)
The thing is, playing guitar, or playing cowbell, is pretty easy on the surface. All you gotta do is learn a few chords and strum away. For cowbell, all you gotta do it hit the thing with a stick.
But here’s the deal.
The cowbell is very important in latin music and percussion ensembles because it’s really loud and really obvious. It cuts through everything! If you’re off (just a little bet) people will notice. So it’s easy to play, but hard to play well.
You’re either awesome or you suck.
There’s no in-between.
Luckily, Home Studio Recording is Not Like that
Almost anybody can throw together a basic recording setup and lay down some basic tracks. Well, OK, that’s not really true, but lot’s of people can do that basic stuff. (Assuming they have a laptop and and a credit card)
But to go beyond the average mammal, the run-of-the-mill dude fiddling with the mouse and making mediocre crap in his bedroom, you’ve got to work at it a bit.
Or a lot.
The cool thing is that you can keep learning, keep making mistakes, keep getting better and there’s no hard or fast rules as to what’s good or what’s not, except that it has to sound good. It’s up to you to create what you want and work on stuff as you go along.
Take the Time to Learn Your Craft
Take the time to learn how to use your gear, learn how to really play your instrument(s). Take the time to fiddle around with things until they sound the way you really want them to.
I’ll be getting into the nitty gritty; stuff like EQ, compression, microphones, guitars & other techniques in the coming posts but, for now, I’d like you to think of yourself as an explorer.
You’re on a very cool sonic adventure!
You’re part student, part explorer, part geek. Adventure into the awesome world of sound and home studio recording. You don’t have to know everything right now. You just have to be willing to get in the game and start exploring, start experimenting with sound.
How to Get Started
The best place I know of to really start building your skills and record your music or voice-overs in a way that will POP is to learn about EQ.
This is HUGE.
It’s one of those behind-the-scenes, back-stage tricks that will set you apart from the rest. Join me and learn how to use EQ to awesomize your home recordings.
Take the plunge and BE AWESOME!