Week 11 & 12 – More to Say (ACOUSTIC)

Yes yes yes, I know. I moved to a song every two weeks so I could spend more time on the production and learning the ropes of production etc etc annnnnd I’ve just uploaded an acoustic, I can explain! I’ve actually had a MASSIVE couple weeks, honestly I’m surprised I’ve managed to get anything online at all. Something I didn’t realise before I started this noble quest (if I may be so bold) is just how much time production takes. Seriously, it takes forever, and then some. You know when you’re at work staring at the clock and you swear to christ it counts backwards every third second..? THAT’S how long recording/producing something properly takes. I honestly had no freakin’ time to work on this project the past couple weeks, I could bore you with the details but point of the story: I had no freakin’ time. BUT I did manage to squeeze in some writing and came up with what you’re hearing.

Production wise I didn’t really learn anything this week as the only real session I had was the last 4hrs I had to record this track. I know! It took 4hrs to record an acoustic and a couple basic vocals (what the fuck right!?). That being said, I really feel I’m managing to get a good sound out of the guitar and vocals and kind of maybe possibly starting to understand how to get things to sound how I hear them in my head. In any case, this “quick acoustic” sounds much nicer than where I started, and even though I didn’t get to spend a whole heap of time working on it this past fortnight, I managed to use my limited time efficiently as I know where things are (in Pro Tools) and what to do to get things cracking, which I think is very exciting. It used to take me half an hour to work out how to get something to record, now that takes two clicks (complete transparency: it always only took “two clicks” but I had no f**king idea where I was meant to be clicking).

Long story short: happy with the song, happy with the sound. If I had longer I would’ve really loved to beef up the production (in that Week 7 & 8 sound I’m in love with at the moment, very excited to explore it more in the coming weeks) but alas, you do what you can with what time you have, and I’m happy with how it sounds.

Catch you in a couple weeks.

Cheers,
52WeekProject

P.s. I’m pretty sick at the moment so if you’re wondering why my nose sounds blocked… it’s because my nose is blocked.

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Week 9 & 10 – Here we are (DEMO)

Ahh man where to begin, I’ll start positive and then roll this bad boy down hill… I think the song (lyrics/melody/etc) and arrangement (instrument melody/layers/etc) are pretty good BUT I have learnt a few key things the past fortnight. I have cemented the knowledge that I absolutely 100% positively cannot sing pop rock, it’s not my thing. While I love listening to that Fall Out Boy/5 Seconds of Summer/etc sound I definitely can’t pull off the vocals myself. This was my second, and last, attempt. I think the song itself is pretty decent though and would love to write with/for that style of band at some point in the future. Just because you can’t make it sound good doesn’t mean someone else can’t and with the right band/singer I think it would sound pretty good!

The biggest take away I had the past two weeks is really a production/instrumentation thing. I write all my songs the same way regardless of the style or eventual production, which is sitting down with: a guitar and my iPhone with the ‘Notes’ and ‘Voice Memos’ app open. I sit down, start playing/singing, I’ll write down some lyrics, record a melody, change lyrics, change chords, jumping between all three tools until I’ve finished a song or have a solid idea where I want it to go (orrrr exclaimed “F**k this I quit!” and watch bulk ‘How I Met Your Mother’ with my fiancé [happens more often than I’d care to admit]). From there I move into actually recording the song, which is where I learnt my biggest lesson this week. When I’m sitting at home playing a song on an acoustic and singing, they all kinda sound the same: like a dude playing an acoustic guitar and singing, it’s in the production and recording where my music changes from an open mic night to an “actual song”. It’s also where all the decisions are made: what instruments to use, how to layer things, am I using “actual drums”* or sample kicks and claps, it’s here that the song really starts to fall into a style or genre. For example, this week I decided to build the song I had as an acoustic (how all mine start) into a pop rock song. Drums, bass, two guitars and a vocal track later I had that feel. I’m still trying to find my style, what works for me and what doesn’t (vocally, lyrically, instrumentally), through this I’ll come across weeks like this where I finish it, look back and think “…lol nope”. What I learnt is that you can take that really basic song (acoustic/vocals) and build it into ANY style imaginable or one yet to be created. When I play and sing this weeks song acoustically it sounds completely different (and a lot nice to be honest) to what you’re listening to up there ^. I don’t really think there’s a way to combat that though, unless you find a style you’re good at and stick to it till you’re dead, which sounds really f**king boring. Yes it’ll be awesome when I eventually find a style I think works for me (Week 7&8 is the closest I’ve found so far) and can record a handful of songs in that genre, release an EP, and play a few shows, but I never want to just be boxed in and doing the same thing forever. You’re other option is just trying shit. Sometimes it’ll work, and you’ll think “holy shit, that’s awesome”, and sometimes it won’t. I’d rather look back and think “oh that sounds like shit” than be too scared to at least try other things. I love how you can really see the development of the band ‘My Chemical Romance’ across their albums. They found their style (emo/rock/punk) recorded and released Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, then moved to a big theatrical rock album The Black Parade, moving to a dancey party-rock album with Danger Days. All three albums sound like them (and are fantastic) but are completely different. I’d rather hear three completely different albums from the same band than the same album three different times. POINT OF THE LONG ASS STORY: I’m looking forward to finding my style and recording an EP, but I’m not going to let it dictate my entire musical future, end rant.

I also spent hardly any time on the vocals and extra “fancy” production things for this track. By the time I got to the vocals it wasn’t working, I was getting frustrated, and I just wanted it to be over (imagine when when you’re like halfway through ‘Lost’, it’s that feeling).

TLDR; Still finding my style. Still playing with stuff. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, this is in the “didn’t work” pile.

Cheers,
52WeekProject

*I say “actual drums” because I program all my drums/percussion regardless. Sometimes I use clicks and claps and other times I’ll build an “actual drum kit” from samples and program them to sound like a real human person is playing.

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Week 7 & 8 – Write this down (DEMO)

Oookay I have some explaining to do. I made the decision last week to move from doing a song a week to one every fortnight. There are more reasons behind this than I care to delve into (or you’d care to read) but I’ll try to explain the main ones.

The overarching reason behind the change of schedule was that more often than not I was disappointed with what I was uploading. Every song felt either too rushed in the writing stage or too sloppy and basic in the recording because I just didn’t have enough time to work on it properly. Giving myself more time leaves more room for every single aspect of this project: I can take the time to write a song I’m happy with, if I’m not “feeling it” I now have the time to put down my guitar and pick it up again later (or the following day) I don’t have to smash out the first thing that comes to mind because tomorrow I’ve gotta start recording and drums still have to be programmed and how do I want this to sound and ahh. It gives me the freedom to be creative and not be stressed about time all. the. time.

It also gives me the freedom to really explore the recording process. Firstly, I have the time to do more than one take of every track, and secondly, I can spend time playing with settings/fiddling with plugins/mucking around with ideas and actually learning what the fuck I’m doing. I’m very much a “learn by doing” sort of person, sure I could read a book or watch a tutorial, but I learn best by spending time playing with/doing whatever it is I’m learning. I now have the ability to do that without stressing my balls off that I won’t get a song finished. It’s amazing how much more creative you feel when you’re not stressed or under pressure, I felt it immediately, and it feels incredible. Having the capacity to make and learn from your mistakes without a looming deadline is fantastic.

In a nutshell: I needed more time so I’ve given myself more time (and it’s already paying dividends). Side note before anybody says I’m slacking off or bailing it’s called the ’52 Week Project’ not the ’52 Song Project’ I’m still spending just as much time each week working on this, just trying to even up the quality/quantity scale.

ON TO THE SONG!

I’m actually really quite happy and proud of how this song turned out. With the extra time I now have I tried writing in a slightly different style to what I’m used to (I’m trying to write outside my norm to experiment and find my “voice” [for lack of a less wanky turn of phrase]). I quite like the vibe this song has, I can’t really put it in a genre, but I like the vibe. Production wise, having extra time made a world of difference in my opinion. Not only did I manage to get a few takes of the different tracks in (so most of it is even in time this week, shit yeah!) but I had room to play/experiment. I tried using some different percussion type stuff in the verses to separate it from the chorus a bit which I think flowed quite well, I like how the “real drums” kicking in for the first chorus seems to pick it up a notch and then keeping aspects of the real kit through the second verse means the other percussion doesn’t feel too out of place am I even making sense still what? I LOVE the hi-hats in the second verse, especially where they’re really quick and staggered, that was lots of fun to play with and I think turned out well (probably my favourite part of this track). Also, the reverse cymbal and clicks during the verses and breakdown were fun to play with and turned out nicely.

I think you can really hear the extra time I put into actually recording and producing the song. The extra things I don’t usually get around to like extra guitar parts (acoustic through the chorus to give it a sense of moving more/bigger, dual guitars in the chorus, extra guitar parts during the final chorus), harmonies, vocal effects (harmonies have a telephone/old school effect on them and are quite low in volume to sit in the mix a bit, the main vocals have a slight slap back delay as when they were dry they really stood out for some reason), finding new plugins (I had another amp simulator, just sitting there, waiting to be used!) and exploring the ones I had (auto-tuned the backing vocals so they were perfect, they’re in the back of the mix so it’s not reeeally cheating). One of my biggest achievements this week was finding a nice Rhodes-esque sounding keyboard, then actually getting it to work. I spent far longer than I care to admit trying to get my midi keyboard to connect to pro tools properly, and then learning you have to have a midi track with the keyboard as the input, load an audio track with a plugin (say Massive or Nexus) up and then set the output of your midi track to that plugin. Also for me to get Nexus to work I had to have Massive on the track before I could even see Nexus in the list, no idea why (and I ended up using Massive instead anyway ha), point of the story: check your inputs/outputs… then double check because you probably f*cked them up a little.

Holy shit this is dragging on. I think even though I’ll only post a song once a fortnight I’ll still have to write once a week to post about my learnings (mainly so I don’t forget stuff but also so the posts aren’t a small novella). I’m going to stop writing now because I’m tired and think I’ve banged on far too long already.

Talk to you on the weekend.

Cheers,
52WeekProject

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Week 6 – Pass you by (Acoustic)

Eh. I can’t exactly pinpoint why, but I hate this song. I don’t mind the melody in the verse and pre-chorus, or the chords there either, but I hate the chorus (too whingy and those stupid little Mariah Carey vocal dancey things my god), it all feels too slow, and… just… shit really. The completely different/random style for this week was inspired by a video my friend posted of his cover of the Imagine Dragons song ‘Radioactive’. He used simple “plucked” chords and the same chord progression throughout the entire song. I thought I’d challenge myself to do the same: choose some chords, pluck them a few times, repeat, and try to make enough of a change with the vocal melody that it would work.

Moving past the fact I hate the song, how it sounds, and everything about it, I did actually learn a bit this week. I managed to play around with the guitar audio (compressor/EQ/reverb) and think the tone came out very nicely; main take-away being I’m slowly learning how compression and EQing affects the sound of an acoustic. I also played with reverb on the main vocals, somehow it seemed to make them stand out less and sort of fit into the mix a little better (if that makes sense?). No idea why or how, but it was a fun little experiment. The annoying harmonies/wailing behind the chorus were EQ’d to have that old school/telephone/thingo sound and a bit more of a “fuller” reverb, making them sound less like harmonies and more like “movement” behind, well, that was the idea.

Most fun experiment this week: I found auto-tune! Not that I didn’t know it existed (god bless T-Pain), but I’d never thought of playing with it before. To be completely honest I hardly played around with it at all, I just threw it on the vocal track in “auto” and kind of just let it do it’s thing. I don’t like the robotic sound it gives occasionally but do think it’s a handy little tool I’ll dive into deeper in the future. I don’t want to rely on it but I’m not the world’s greatest singer (obviously) so if I can use it to achieve the result I was aiming for without me sounding like Mr Roboto I think it could be a clever tool to have in the belt. I also wanted to muck around with it and some reverb to try and create a little “choir”. I’ve heard it done by professionals and it sounds very impressive. I THINK the theory is fairly simple (if this is how they do it): record a few vocal tracks singing different melodies, copy/paste/pitch-shift with auto-tune, add a tonne of big-ass reverb and voilà a choir! Unfortunately I’m not a professional, nor have I ever sung in a choir, orrrr used auto-tune, all that mixed together results in what you can hear in the bridge-type-section.

It’s hard for me to be objective about what I learnt this week as I hate the song. so. much. It hurts to listen to. Maybe I’m just in a shitty mood because I spent hours working on something that turned out so shit in my eyes, BUT, that’s part of the process. The thing about playing with different styles of writing/singing/recording/producing while you’re learning to write/sing/record/produce is that it’s a f**king learning process. I honestly have no idea what I’m doing, which is exactly why I’m doing this, to learn. To try and figure out what style of music I enjoy writing, what suits my voice, to figure out how to record, how to produce, to find out what reverb sounds like on vocals/guitar/drums, what compression does, how auto-tune works, how *insert some audio effect here* affects and manipulates audio. There are going to be weeks where everything clicks and I think “shit yeah, that worked well, I’m learning” and there will be weeks like this where I think “holy shit why am I even doing this”. Some weeks will build skill, others will build character, this week is the latter. This is a “pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward” moment. It’s hard to put so much time, effort, and a part of yourself into something that at the end just doesn’t cut it, but that’s part of the ride. So tonight I’m going to let myself feel like shit (it’s how I feel and I’m not going to fight it), but tomorrow is another day and I’ve got anther song to write. Christ, that has the vibe of a speech by a college football coach to his team at half time while they’re losing the grand final in a 90s movie… the always go on to win though #UpliftingMessage

Catch you next week.

Cheers,
52WeekProject

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Week 5 – I’ll forget where you’ve really been (DEMO)

I know this is up super early BUT I’m out of town (back to Sydney) straight after work tomorrow night and won’t be back in Brisbane (where I live, look at us getting to know each other) till next week SO here we are.

This week was super fun, quick, but fun. I managed to have a play with a few different things because I had the drums finished by Monday night as originally this song was meant to be last weeks, explanation in the previous post if you’re interested. Plugins, buses, and bass lines were the accidental main focus this week. After being stoked about my “bouncing drums out and pulling them back in” method I’d developed, a friend of mine showed me an even easier, better, and annoyingly simple way to gain the same effect: setting all the ‘outputs’ for my drum tracks (I have different audio tracks for different samples [kick/snare/etc]) to the same “Bus” (no idea why an audio bus is called an audio bus, but it is), then create a new ‘Aux’ track, set it’s ‘input’ to what you set the drums ‘output’ to and viola! You now have a cheeky master track for your drums. Makes it super simple to play with plugins on the entire virtual drum kit while still being able to adjust the drums as you go. E.g. if you are listening and realise you want a double kick into the chorus rather than a single you could just add it in rather than adding it in, re-bouncing the drums out, re-pulling them back in… hopefully that makes sense.

Speaking of plugins, they’re freakin’ incredible. There are a thousand plugins that all do a thousand different things and I have no idea how to use any of them, but, it’s fun. With the drums this week I used both a ‘Drum Comp’ and ‘Drum Room Air’ preset on a compressor on the master for the drums which made the drums sound more real and less sample-y then started playing with EQ and Comp plugins for the kick and snare, you could kill an entire day getting the perfect sounding kick, it blows my mind. So that’s a fun journey I’ve started (not just the kick thing, plugins in general, so many possibilities).

Something that both worked well and not at all was the way I wrote this song. I had the chord progression recorded on my iPhone from ages ago and decided to use it this week. I recorded a scratch guitar track, did the drums, re-did the guitar, recorded bass then added a second guitar. I did all this before humming a melody or writing any lyrics. On one side it worked well in that I think the instrumental of this weeks song are really great, I actually really like it (especially that moving bass line in the chorus, a step up from my usual “follow. the. guitar. chords.” method) BUT I kind of shot myself in the foot because as you may hear, it’s a little out of my comfort zone vocally. God that sounds wanky, I mean I can’t sing it no good (you may notice I’m just a little off the majority of the song, which is quite painful to listen to and I’m sorry). The two songs where I’ve written and recorded the instrumentals before the lyrics/melody are Week 1 and this weeks, both of which have pretty sub-par vocals. I think my voice sounds okay when I’m singing a song I’m comfortable with/in a style that works for it, unfortunately this weeks isn’t really either of those. If I had more than tonight to finish it, I would have dropped it down a tone (maybe two, whatever) and re-recorded the vocals, that way the verse melody could be higher (easier to sing) and the chorus could be lower (easier to sing). Not sure if that will make sense to anybody not in my head.

Main lesson this week is to write a song before you start recording a song… super simple stuff. Best way for me to write a song is sitting down with an acoustic and nutting out the chords/melody/lyrics while everything’s still at it’s most basic form. In future I’m going to stick with doing it like that before I even think about getting close to ProTools.

Cheers,
52WeekProject

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Week 4 – The One (Acoustic)

Full disclosure: this is not what I was intending to upload this week. I had planned to write/record another “proper” track (multiple guitars/drums/bass/etc) but unfortunately my work life consumed most of my waking hours during the week because we had some issues, I had a heap of social commitments over the weekend and before I knew it I was out of time (again). That being said, I put in a heap of hours instead of sleeping over Fri/Sat/Sun so the song I was going to upload this week will definitely be ready for next Sunday.

So what do we have here..? An extremely rough “one take and move on” type-o deal. This is actually a song I wrote about a year ago (yep, that’s how out of time I was) and never did anything with. I actually don’t mind the song and at some point in future I’ll re-record it as a “proper” track, but for this week, acoustic it is! I pulled this together in a couple hours Sunday afternoon while torrential rain made lagoons in my backyard (you can hear it in the song), so it’s very very rough. It features my guitar playing swinging in and out of being in time which is pretty annoying, playing in time has never really been my forte and I’m hoping playing to a click every week is going to help that with time.

I didn’t learn a great deal this week as I didn’t have the opportunity to spend time exploring/playing around with… well anything really. I’m going to invest a lot more of my time on this project during the coming working week. I really love putting in the time and having the chance to spend hours playing around with everything, from the song structure/melody/lyrics/chords, working out multiple guitar parts, finding nice tones for the instruments, programming drums, playing around with plug-ins, layering different stuff. That’s when I start to figure stuff out, learn how to do different things, when I can actually spend time doing it all.

Silver lining: this is Week 4, I’ve officially hit a month which I’m actually pretty proud of. Before starting this project I wouldn’t touch my guitar for months at a time, I’ve played, written, and sung more in the past four weeks than the past four months combined. I’m nowhere close to where I want to be with anything (writing/playing/singing/recording/producing) but I’m finally taking steps in the right direction, and that’s f***ing exciting.

Cheers,
52WeekProject

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Week 3 – Close (Acoustic)

I knew heading into this week I wouldn’t have a lot of time to focus on the project (was in Sydney a few days for work among other things) so I decided to strip it back and keep it simple, rather than try to make something big (drums/bass/multiple guitars) and risk not getting something up. Also a great chance for me to attempt recording acoustic guitar with the microphone I bought in week one (Rode NT-USB if anybody’s interested). Firstly, for a USB mic it sounds fantastic! Unless you’re doing high-end studio work this microphone seems to cover all bases. I’ve used it for vocals the last few weeks and it did well, but in my very little experience acoustic guitars always seem to sound “not quite right” so managing to get the guitar sounding half-decent this week was a big win in my eyes.

I need to give a massive thank you to my beautiful fiance for helping me out this week! I wanted to have both sides of the story in this song and need a female voice. My fiance, who isn’t a singer (I’ve heard her hum around the house occasionally and sing properly in the car maybe twice!), graciously lent me her voice for an evening. I think she did an absolutely brilliant job, especially considering I’ve never heard her sing before! So thank you my love, I really appreciate your help.

My main struggle this week was singing. As I’ve mentioned previously I never really sang in my past musical endeavors so I’m still trying to work out exactly how to make my voice do what I’d like it to. It’s also still very strange hearing my voice through headphones while trying to record. I find it quite a drawn-out process trying to get the balance right of how much of me I hear verses how much of the song I can hear. Continued playing around with plugins and such this week. Compression and leveling on the vocals to make them even across the board, etc. I wanted to add a touch of “oldness” to the vocals, like singing through an old microphone, but not too much. There’s a preset in Sans-Amp that models a 147 (old mic) but it’s a tad too intense so I duplicated the vocal tracks, added the effects but brought that tracks volume down, I’m sure there’s a more “proper” way of doing that but I couldn’t work it out and that seemed to do the trick, a light dusting of oldness.

The biggest thing I learnt this week is that I really enjoy writing/playing/recording the bigger rockier songs. I also think my voice suits that style of music a little better (e.g. last weeks). I still have a long way to go in finding “my style” but something tells me it won’t be acoustic… or folk (can’t play banjo).

I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m excited to program drums again next week.

Cheers,
52WeekProject

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Week 2 – Get Away (DEMO)

This week is a great example of why I started this project in the first place, keeping myself accountable. I spent hardly enough time working on this the past week BUT it’s Sunday so I had to get something up.

When I first sat down to write/record this week’s song I was greeted with an overwhelming feeling of “holy shit, not again”. There were soo many frustrating painstakingly time consuming learning curves last week that the first night I sat down to start this track after a long-ass day at work I ended up saying “nope, f*** it, I’m watching House Of Cards”. I’m glad I did because I’m now writing this post, uploading a song I’m not very happy with, and have learnt a valuable lesson early into this project – put in the goddamn time. I’m frustrated at past-me for being lazy because I’m not happy with this weeks song. The song itself isn’t too horrible but it doesn’t sound how I wanted it to (production wise, better vocal takes, guitar solo, etc.) and I think with just a little more time (maybe 3ish House Of Cards episodes) I could have it at a place I’m happy with. Anyway… biggest lesson this week is if I don’t want to feel ergh with what I’m uploading this time next week, put in the time.

The main struggle this week (on top of running out of time) was not feeling motivated. Last week programming the drums took so goddamn long that this week it felt overwhelming to start it all again. That being said I learnt a fantastic trick. Now, this might seem obvious to anybody who’s spent more than 5mins playing with a DAW before but when programming the drums I swapped ProTools from ‘slip’ mode to ‘grid’ in the upper left hand corner. Not sure what it’s technical name is but it made anything I copy/pasted (e.g. a kick sample) snap to the grid/beat. Holy shit it’s time saving. I also found a workflow that seems to work: record a dummy guitar track to a click (to get the layout of the song and BPM) then program the drums. Recording guitar/bass to the drums gives it a much more “real” feeling than recording to the click and programming the drums after I believe.

I also started to have a play around with some plug-ins. I absolutely LOVE the way Alex Turner’s (Arctic Monkeys) voice is produced so started mucking around with slap delay and slight distortion but alas I didn’t have enough time to make it sound nice, so it sounds… like it does. Also, because I left everything so last minute I completely ran out of time to record vocals properly so what you’re hearing is a shitty once-through I did about an hour ago. Side note: I’ve been sick the last few days so my voice really wasn’t playing nicely this evening. Oh! I found the volume automation thing (changing the display from waveforms to volume) which meant I could adjust the vox through-out the song rather than them being super loud the entire time like last week, that was rad.

Another trick I was shown this week was once the drums were finished, I bounced them down and re-pulled them back into ProTools (I know you can do an ‘internal recording’ but I have no idea how, this was the next best way). That way they were on one track as opposed to like 8 (one for every drum thing [kick/snare/toms] yes ‘drum thing’ is the technical term), meaning I could throw on some compression and muck around with that.

The main gains this week were learning I really do need to spend a chunk of time each evening on this, the bouncing down of drums, snap-to-grid for programming drums, and that plug-ins are awesome. I’m very keen to learn more about using plug-ins to affect/effect/whatever different types of audio (vocals/drums/guitar).

Jesus this was a long winded post, apologies, I’m quite tired. I’ll see you next week.

Cheers,
52WeekProject

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Week 1 – Light It Up (DEMO)

Okay here we go… week one.

I’ve wanted to focus my attention on making more music for such a long time now but life always seems to get in the way. This project was started as a way to keep myself accountable. I figure if I’m writing, recording and uploading music every week I have no other option than to spend time on it. The more I write, play, record, produce, and sing, the better I’ll get (hopefully). Think of it as a one-man-band self-improvement program.  So here we are: 52 songs in 52 weeks, the 52WeekProject.

I listen to basically every genre of music except for country (sorry Keith) and have played guitar in a handful of bands, so finding a genre to start with was a little tough. I decided to take inspo from my main adolescent loves – Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, Paramore, etc. I never really sang in the bands I’ve been in so for the next 52 weeks I’ll be playing a heap of different genres till I find one I like or make a Frankenstein of my own.

For first out of the gate, I’m not too displeased with the results. Main struggles this week were getting my guitar to record, finding a bass to use, getting that to record, buying a microphone to record vocals, getting that to record (different setup to the guitar/bass) and programming drums. Holy shit, programming drums is f***ing hard. Firstly, I’ve never played drums so trying to work out what to “hit” where was ridiculous and probably highly amusing to watch, and secondly it takes so. freaking. long.

I think the main thing I gained this week was a better understanding of how to make ProTools record what I want it to. As in, setting it up to record guitar/bass or vocals, etc. Believe it or not that took a long ass time, but I’m learning shortcuts here and there.

While I doubt this will be an easy (or melt-down free) 52 weeks, I’m very excited to finally be putting more of my time and energy into writing and recording music. Here’s to hoping I’m not half-bad in a year from now.

Cheers,
52WeekProject

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