2 AM on Sunday. Can’t resist it. Have to pickup the Daneletro and try a slide track. But which slide to use? What sound? I settle on the brass AcoustaGlide seen in the centre of the picture. This is a tapered brass slide designed by Leo Kottke. The polished finish gives a sound very similar to glass but with more sustain. I chose to play through the Swart AST with a clean sound. Not sure if I’m going to keep this track in the song yet. It is pretty laid back. It may work if I jucstaposed a bright mandolin track. I added some reverb to the track just to find some dimension to place the slide within. None of this has been reviewed by Mike so who knows, this may not make it onto the song in the final mix. In the spirit of this series of postings I’m going to continue to post whatever ideas I record.
Saturday mornings before things really get going is a good time for me to work on tracks that I can track with headphones only like Bass. This morning I first fixed up the drum loops a bit taking the kick out of the track during the breakdown section. I used some different “real drummer” loops and fills. I added a bass track rolling off the top end on my MusicMan StingRay Bass. The Bass has an active battery powered EQ on it that really delivers punch. In this case I wanted to emulate older records P-Bass sound. I tracked the Bass part. I then EQ’ed the kick drum down a little bit in the loop by dropping 60Hz.
Mike Blair has graciously agreed to allow me to post each phase of the recording process on my blog. The slow evolution of the track will unfold from one posting to the next. This song is a tribute to Mike’s grandfather. The tune take a very traditional 3/2 feel. Mike sat down with an acoustic guitar and played the tune for me. I selected a drum feel and tempo to match. Vocals are and guitar are recorded together with the drum loop. Vocals are recorded with a Shure KSM32 and the guitar with an AudioTechnica AT4041. This is the second take. When we played it back we noticed that just prior to the key change at bar 32 the kick drum was reversed on the groove. Turns out Mike has been playing a bar of 3/4 just prior to the key change. We adjusted that and slid the rest of the drum track over and we were back in sync. The tracks are completely dry and everything is going to change. This will act as a reference point.
Long lazy summer days give way to evening thunder showers on the prairies where I live. One such day I laid down this rhythm track with my Telecaster through my Swart AST. The rich tremolo effect on this amp inspired me. I left the track for several weeks while I prepared for another gig. I had forgotten all about the track. This week I finally fired up my computer again and there in the last opened list was this track. I was practicing slide late at night when I thought it might be fun to run the Love Pedal Eternity Drive (overdrive) into my Maxon Auto Wah and try playing slide through it. After a bit of tweaking I arrived at this slide sound. The wah gives it a kind of vocal quality. The Love Pedal is a bit different than other overdrives. Level and Drive work much like any other overdrive pedal. Glass is like a treble booster. For this track I used the settings shown on the pedal here. I used my Danelectro playing the neck pickup for an extra thick sound. Delay was added in Sonar. Languid and lazy, this track is meant to wash over you like a warm rain.