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Lessons From My Band’s Single #4) Record To a Schedule

February 7, 2014

This is part of a segment of lessons I learned from recording Layton Harper Band’s cover of “Oceans.” Here’s part onetwo, and three

2014-07-1One extremely helpful tip for recording (and just about anything in life) is to set a schedule for your sessions.

“Well Noah, that’s so obvious and boring. What kind of tip is that?” The best kind of tip ever, that’s what! The simplest/stupidest tips are often the best. This is one of those tips.

When you record/practice/whatever, you need to have a schedule. Have a time to start and a time to end. 

Of course, we always schedule what time to start, but we really need to schedule a time to end, too.

Why? Well, let’s look at how we recorded the acoustic guitar for the LHB single.

Set A Time To End

Layton, who was playing the acoustic, had to leave at seven. So when we showed up at about 6:00 to record guitar, we weren’t  fooling around. It was a “set up and get this done” kind of thing. And you know what? We got the acoustic guitar done faster than everything else, yet it is better than some of the stuff that took longer. 

It’s a really more of a mental/psychological trick, than a recording/music trick. Because we had a approaching time to be done by, we didn’t fool around. The looming deadline forced us to get focused.

If we had said, “Oh, we got all day to record acoustic guitar!” then we probably would have spent all day recording guitar. But we only had an hour, so we got it done in an hour. Funny how that works isn’t it?

Now, don’t schedule yourself so little time that you can’t finish. Just don’t give yourself an eternity. Schedule what time you should approximately be finished by. And if you don’t get it all done by that time, I guarantee you will have gotten more done than you would have without a timeline.

At the end of the series of posts, I’ll attach the finished LHB song. You’ll be able to “hear” what I’m talking about.

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