How Not To FREEZE When Recording Your Music

Tommaso Zillio

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Guitar recording tips

In every romantic comedy that Hollywood produces there is this scene were boy meets girl.

It starts in different ways, but it’s the same scene:

Boy goes to talk to girl. Or girl goes to talk to boy. Or boy is pushed into girl - and boy has to say something.

But boy is so taken by the emotion of being at less than 120 feet (40 meters) from girl that boy transforms into a bumbling idiot with a baboon’s command of the English language.

(But without having the subtlety and politeness of said baboon)

In some movies, our poor pathetic protagonist perfectly rehearsed a speech beforehand… but in the heat of the moment he forgets everything he wants to say, or says it in the wrong and the most laughable way possible.

And this is where we pivot to a question out of the blue for you.

Have you ever recorded any music?

If you are like the vast, vast majority of guitar players (me included of course), it goes pretty much this way:

  1. You can play your part perfectly. You trained it at speed, and even beyond the speed at which you need to play. Rehearsed it to perfection. You’re ready!

  2. You prepare everything for recording (or you enter a studio)

  3. You (or the recording engineer) press “REC”. The red light blinks and you are recording…

  4. … and suddenly you transform into a bumbling idiot with a baboon’s command of guitar playing…

  5. … and in the heat of the moment you forget the part you rehearsed so well, or you play it in the worst and not-so-funny way possible.

(And just so we are clear… when I say “you” in the points above I mean “I”)

It’s uncanny, isn’t it? It’s like we love the studio so much that we get tongue-tied and finger-twisted.

Now, I’m not a pickup artist, so if you have this problem when you approach a girl (or a boy or whoever you like), I can’t help you…

… but I can give you some pointers on how to avoid behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons whenever the recording light is on.

Watch this to see how:

P.S. This is also the video were I offer a heartfelt apology for one of my biggest failing as a music theory educator on YouTube. I probably owe an apology to you too, sure sure to watch it.

P.P.S. In this video I also answer:

  • Is it weird that I am having more fun learning theory than learning songs?
  • I wonder if it would be useful to include “don’t do this” examples of attempted modal interchanges that don’t work because of the lack of voice leading?
  • Wow just wow. Amazing secret revealed! That should be the title of this video thanks. Where were you 40 years ago my friend?
  • Turn off the stupid background music, for god sake. What were you thinking adding such nonsense to an educational video about music theory?
  • And what if all that is just a pure coincidence and wasn’t Rachmaninoff‘s intention?
  • I’m 58 years old is it too late for me to learn guitar?

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