Songwriting is an ability that not all people have. It is something that people need to work on and improve before they can actually produce good output. It requires intense studying, practice, faith in what you do and, of course, perseverance.
A musician has to have all the necessary devices in order to supplement his or her songwriting skills. One of these devices is the multitrack recorder.
The multitrack recorder lets musicians record a single track or several more at a time, and then overdub new songs onto the current ones.
Through constant technological advancements, we now have digital multitrack recorders that are affordable and have allowed musicians to comfortably and easily record songs at home, at any location or on any schedule. This also allows spur-of-the-moment recording for musicians whenever they come up with new ideas for songs.
With a multitrack recorder on hand, you can write and arrange songs in myriad ways. All you need to do to have excellent output is to choose a method that suits your style and your pace.
In this article, we’re going to discuss how to use a multitrack recorder during songwriting.
Begin by recording a rhythm track.
This is a nice way to start writing a song. Manage the BPM or beats per minute of the tune by means of a standard guide track or through programming a drum track on the recorder.
If the multitrack recorder does not have a drum machine, they can be purchased quite affordably. Recording a standard drum track at a pace or tempo that you are into will provide a nice base to a song, since it provides the song with a time signature, its groove and feel.
Choose an instrument and play together with the rhythm track.
The instrument here can be a piano or a guitar. As soon as you are done with the rhythm track, you must determine chords that will fit the rhythm of the track.
Begin with one chord, then listen and play along with the rhythm track. Start supplementing it with other chords and check out the sort of song you have come up with.
When you have decided on the chord progression, you can now record it next to the rhythm track.
Play with the bass.
Now that you have your chord progression, it is time to record a few bass lines. The bass does not need to be done using a bass guitar; you can pretty much pull it off by employing the lower keys or strings on a keyboard or a guitar.
Just make sure that those notes are kept in the lower register. If you are not certain about the bass, you can choose to keep track of the drum rhythms and play the root note of every chord in the chord progression you made.
If you are hankering for more root notes, you can play the 5th note and the root note of the chords together.
Manage the vocals and the melody.
Once you are finished with all the processes mentioned above, you can now supplement the melody with the vocal tracks or chief instrument. During this process you will develop a more concrete concept of the song: you will be more aware of what you want its melody to sound like.
A multitrack recorder is beneficial during this part, since it allows musicians to test things out until they create music that sounds good to their ears. As you begin layering tracks, the song begins to meld bit by bit until, with a few tweaks and additions, it becomes a nice, full song.
Bring the song to a close.
The most essential part of songwriting is finishing tracks. As soon as a musician finishes a song, they can use that particular track as a means to improve or surpass their songwriting skills.
A complete song and the means by which it was recorded is also a nice reference for all future tracks. It will assist the musician in the future in composing better tracks.
Writing songs regularly and experimenting by way of a multitrack recorder will allow musicians to improve and ultimately become revered songwriters and arrangers.