Total of 19 layers (including the four layers for the lead). Quite a complex song by my standards, so much so that I craved for more computing power and RAM (my 2GB was not sufficient).
The lead melody was composed, recorded and edited in one session. Over 12 hours I think. I was on a roll and didn’t want to stop. Many takes and edits as usual (my ‘live’ playing is nowhere as smooth as what you hear).
First I recorded the rhythm track (A/ E/ B/ C#m) and then added the drum loops. The drums played a very important part in this song because it gave the whole upbeat feel. You can see from the screen shot that it’s a layer of three loops, and each layer are heavily spliced with a mix of quite a few loops. I sampled the GB loops and picked out those that gave me the drum notes I wanted. Then spliced them in. This took quite a bit of time.
Then another major part was spent on the bass (three four layers). In truth, it was due to this song that made me go out and buy a bass guitar! Then I watched some YouTube videos to learn how to play it (I played it like a guitar at first). Apparently the YouTube lessons paid off! LOL
I discovered that by combining two amp effects, I could make the guitar sounds much more solid sounding and/ or crunchier. Here’s one example of the lead guitar effects:
So anyway, I emailed Linda about the song, “Here And Now“, since it wasn’t that bad.
She obligingly listened to it and emailed me her comments. So nice of her to do so! Here’s what she thought about the song (posted with permission):
Ok, I took a listen to this last night and have listened to it again this morning.
Overall the sound quality is great! Will certainly ask you for tips next time when I set up my home studio.
In terms of arrangement I really dig the mid section part onwards. In terms of the intro, I thought perhaps the two guitar parts could balance out a bit – I thought the background rhythm guitar could be a little jarring at times. But once the song moves on to the next movement – now that I really dig! And I am beginning to realize the mid section is quite “your sound” and is what I like about your compositions so far.