• Practice Correctly | How To Prepare For A Recording Session | Studio 101

    February 18, 2019 | Wade Nichols
  • Practice Correctly?  What do you mean?  We have done several video tutorials and blog posts on this topic and plan future ones.  One way to practice correctly is to practice to the environment that you are entering.  You know those Iron Man competitions where the athletes swim five miles bike ten and then run a marathon?  They have to swim in the ocean five miles.  You would not practice in a flat calm pool that is heated like bath water.  The environment that you are entering is cold and wavy.  Same with entering a recording studio.  If you are recording with headphones, practice with headphones.  Get used to how they sound.  Get comfortable with them on your head for long periods of time.

    Another way to practice correctly is using a click track or metronome.  This will keep the group tight and your recording tighter.  Thirdly would be to record yourself at home.  Listen to how you sound.  That sound won't change because you are at a recording studio.  Keep adjusting yourself at home to blend the sound of your group.  Now when you enter a recording studio, you already have a good idea of how it will sound, not just hoping it will.

  • What Do I Do Now To Practice Correctly?

     

    Lastly I equate practice correctly to a hitter in baseball.  You go to the batting cage an hour a day seven days a week and have a hitch in your swing.  Then you keep practicing with that hitch not realizing it and are practicing the wrong way.  Now you get in a game and wonder why you still don't make contact with the ball repeating over and over that you are practicing every day.  Well if you practice wrong, it won't translate to the field.  Same with entering a recording studio.  You certainly do not want to practice the wrong way and play with a hitch in your instrument so to speak.

    You need to listen to your recordings at home for consistent playing, timing, and dynamics.  If your playing is all over the road, so will your recording at the studio.  Practice is not just time spent noodling your favorite tune.  It is actually playing and dissecting the performance.  Trying to repeat the good things and eliminate the mistakes.  Your recording will thank you.