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Demo Song Recording Tips: The Music

Demo Song Recording Tips: The Music

The tips below should help you direct and get the best music tracks possible from any studio.

If you record in Nashville, odds are you’ll have a producer available.

While this person can help you, knowing what to be listening for, and how to talk to the musicians is key skill set to have:

(1) Maintaining the right atmosphere to get the best from everyone, (2) Ensuring you don’t get the process bogged down in elements that may not be relevant at that particular time in the process, and (3) Making it fun for yourself and everyone else.

I’ve included the Work Tape version and the Demo version of my song “Center Line” at the end. Don’t judge – it’s why I have others sing my songs.


Keys To Music Recording Success On Your Demo


1  Listen To The Musicians


You’re working with the best in Nashville if you’re using any of the three studios I mentioned in Song Demo Process.

Respect the fact that they know what they’re doing and are there to make your song sound great. They get excited about playing on songs – let them!


2  Be Clear On Your Goal For The Song


I’m pitching to X, or I’m putting it on a CD for my family, so it should reflect my “wild and crazy guy” personality, etc.

If you have an idea of who would be singing the song, or a song that has the same vibe, tell them up front.

It helps them determine a groove for the song.


3  Make Sure Your Changes Are After The Takes Are Down

Don’t jump in while the take it happening. Odds are in Nashville or any place with professional musicians, you’re not in the middle of a train wreck.

Hold your thoughts until the take is over. Write them down so you can reference in a clear, concise way and make your thoughts clear to the musicians.

The more confused you sound about what you’re looking for, the worse the session will go.

As you’re listening to the final version, listen for missing parts:

1 – should you have included a “ganjo” sound but didn’t initially – can you add it (usually depends on your recording package and number of instruments)?

2 – was the outro smooth or awkward, intro too long, need to pull the loop out, etc.


4  If There’s Something Nagging At You – Bring It Up

No reputable studio wants you to pay for something you’ll be disappointed with. If there’s something bothering you about the recording, bring it up.

The producer on hand should be able to address it for you – or at least translate what you’re looking for to the musicians.


5  Producers Are Valuable To Have When You Start

I’m an “A-Type” personality, but will be the first to admit I don’t know anything about producing a song. I may some day after I’ve been in the studio enough, but I don’t right now.

Know when to step back and let someone else who’s good at it take the reins.

A producer can help you (1) get the sound you’re looking for, (2) feel comfortable around the pros, (3) articulate things in industry lingo you may not have yet.

In my book, using a producer to learn the right way to do it only indicates you’re a smart business person!






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