Mountain High (Valley Below) is an uptempo song, countryrock and bluesrock influenced, by the Solid Rock Blues Band project. Inspired by a short holiday trip to the Harz region in Germany.
While on holiday this song was written by Rudy and it took a few months before the melody and music were composed. After that was ready, recording and mixing the song was done in one day. Recorded, mixed and released on May 2, 2021 at The Loft Studio.
Radiohead’s “Creep” is one of those songs that I have been listening off and on for many years now. It never bores me. This is classic rock songwriting as it should be done. I recorded an ‘acoustic’ version today at my Home Studio, using my Samick electro-acoustic guitar, my Washburn and added some additional guitarwork using my Gretsch Electromatic. Vocal mic: AKG C900, a gift from a friend in the United States and I really like this mic a lot!
Mind you: after recording the initial guitar parts and vocal I re-recorded the vocal track because that would allow me to edit the vocal without effecting the guitar sound since the acoustic guitar was, of course, causing bleed in the vocal track and your really don’t want that to happen!
Anyone who knows the original will notice I left out the bridge. Impossible for me to sing!
In God’s Country from the album The Joshua Tree is one of the best U2 songs, from one of their best albums ever. Since I’ve been a staunch U2 fan, ever since I heard them on the radio when I was around 12 years old, I love to play their songs. I hardly ever record them. This is an exception on this ‘rule’. It’s a perfect song for an acoustic version.
I shot the video during the recording. After I shot the video I noticed it could have been a little better but it’s the recording that matters the most of course.
RECORDING ACOUSTIC SONGS
Now many ‘singer songwriters’ whome record at home, record in one take. This is of course possible. The video suggests I did the same. And yes — I recorded vocals and guitar at the same time; the guitar trough a DI (Direct Input) and guitar and vocals on separate tracks. After that, I re-recorded the vocals on an additional track (as you can see in the video). The reason for this is simple: if you record vocals and guitars at the same time, the guitar sound will ‘bleed’ into the vocal track. It makes mixing it very difficult. So if you ever record acoustic guitar and vocals for a simple demo or album: make sure you can split them.
If you record an acoustic guitar that isn’t an electro-acoustic, don’t sing along! Your vocal will ‘bleed’ into the guitar track and if that happens, you can’t do overdubs on your vocal unless you re-record the guitar as well.
Some time ago I heard a guitarplayer say, when he got a new guitar, “I’m curious what songs this guitar will teach me”. I happen to agree with that. Everytime I pick up another guitar, songs come out that couldn’t have happened on a different guitar..
This week I’ve bought a new guitar at an online auction – a SAMICK Greg Bennett GD-101 SCE/N. For a short review of the guitar, done the day it arrived, see the video below.
When strumming and testing the guitar I played a simple chord progression (C-F-G-C) and suddenly I made up a few words that fitted the playing (imho). I sang the words and recorded them with my smartphone and took the guitar into the studio, .. And so here it is, one of the shortest songs I’ve ever recorded. In case the below doesn’t work for you, use this link to listen. Oh, and,.. it’s a free download.
I’m positive this will be the new ‘acoustic workhorse’ for my studio. It’s a great electro-acoustic guitar and the Fishman preamp has a fantastic sound. The acoustic sound is something I’ll need to get used to I’m afraid. I’ve been playing a Washburn guitar for over 12 years and that guitar had a very distinct sound that I really loved but failed to capture it in the studio in such a way that I liked it enough. I did use it in some recordings but most of the time mixed “far away” as an additional guitar.
Please note, the first part is the guitar’s sound as the camera picks it up. The second part is the same music but it was recorded trough my computer from the guitar’s preamp. I ran it trough a “Karaoke Mixer” to my computer. It’s not studio-grade quality but will give a good impression I think.