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Hold the Guitar
« on: March 03, 2006, 02:18:19 am »

I tracked some vocals this week and had to use an old technique that just makes me laugh thinking about it.   We were tracking vocals and I just couldn't get the singer to really let go.   It's a straight up rock band, I've seen them live a bunch of times and they are awesome.   In the studio, I think the atmosphere and tension of the situation really got to the guy.

Well, in cases like these, I usually ask the singer to grab his instrument and put it on like at a show.   In this case, it was a guitar.

It's amazing how psychological just holding on to a guitar is to a singer.   The guy sang awesome after that.

Any other weird psychological techniques like this out there???
Is this thing on?

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Re: Hold the Guitar
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2006, 02:43:09 am »

didn't think about that, great idea.

I usually give the inexperienced singers (without instruments) a handheld mic to be able to move, or for mellower tunes a bar chair.
For inexperienced drummers (those who aren't able to warm up)
I give them a stupid techno line to play along with for about 15 min.

and of course I let them take seats first listen a bit to other music, have them a coffee or stuff and after an hour when everyone gets excited about what is gonna happen today I move to the first takes... (it's a job, but don't we have to capture that rock-excitement? Wink
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Re: Hold the Guitar
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2006, 09:11:08 am »

I can't really record my own vocals without playing a guitar or doing some kinda air guitar with my right hand.  That's how I'm used to keeping time when I play live and to ask me to record vox without the guitar just makes me feel lost.
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