Last Tuesday I went in to the studio for another tracking session.
We worked on vocals for a couple of tracks. I’m really happy with the end result.
Generally the vocals are the last part of the song that you record. They’re arguably the most important part of the song. Everything else supports it.
So we started with a scratch track way back. Then we recorded the drums, bass, ukulele, piano, guitar, etc, in that order. Not all songs will have all of those parts, but while recording them you have some basic vocal part to follow from the scratch track. It’s much easier for me to focus on the instrument I’m playing. It also makes it much easier to know where you are in the song while recording.
Eventually everything else is done and you just have the vocal track to record. It’s so nice hearing the full backing track to support you as you sing along. At that point it feels much more complete and you can finally get a strong sense of how the final song will sound.
So in addition to testing out some organ and melodica sounds on certain tracks, we tracked a lot of vocals.
The first song went well. I got a pretty good take done in only a couple of tries.
The second took a bit more work. Compared to any instrument, the voice is so incredibly personal, so any mistakes or not-quite-right performances are felt very deeply. There’s a lot of self esteem and confidence tied to singing.
At least it’s like that for me. Maybe I’ve got a huge ego? 😂 Well there's a lot of getting-over-it I have to do in the moment.
We did some takes, listened back, did some takes, listened back, took a break, and so on until I got it right.
I was trying to sing more, then less, then more gruffly, then lighter and more angelic (whatever that means 🤔).
Anyway I can't wait to share the final results with you. This is just another little piece of my experience making the best album I possibly can.
I hope you enjoyed reading it.
This Saturday I'll be traveling up with Chris to track a bunch of guitar parts. Stay tuned to see how it goes!
Here's a pic of what my "office" looks like when tracking vocals.