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The "Comfort Factor" in Recording

When I first started breaking into the recording studios as a studio guitarist, it was a kind of rude awakening. I had for so long been a truly “raw” player who loved to play for the song, and who never played the same thing the same way twice! This is really what happens when you are a “raw” talent, and also when you don’t have quite enough experience yet. Well, when you get into the studio, of course also taking into account what kind of music you may be playing, the whole “raw” player idea kind of goes out the window!

I remember being so shocked when producers were telling me to play one monotonous part over and over for the entire song, or how they’d tell me to come up with a “part” that was essentially a “hook” that would be a memorable and melodic thing heard over and over in the song. This of course, all sounds like the art of “layering” and creating parts that will eventually fit together, but it was hard to envision at first, and it felt very confining to me.

Again, it never really affected my live approach, but after awhile I did develop a kind of “comfort factor” when it came to recording in the studio. Having an audience to play to had so much to do with how I developed as a player, and the transition to the studio really becomes an entity unto itself. More on this great topic in later installments!

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