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    Drums/Bass or guitar first?

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    Hi,

    Should I be laying down a drum/bass/guitar track first? What seems to work the best for a 'newbie'?

    Not got a clue where to start and can play all 'ok'.

    Advice?

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    There are people who do it differently for whatever reasons, but the norm, if you like, is to do the drums first.

    Where possible, I'll do drums, bass, guitars, vocals, everything else, in that order.
    If there's no click, I'd strongly recommend drums first.

    If you're working on your own material and using a click track, I can see the merit in nailing the guitar parts and vocals first, then working on the rest, but like anything else, do whatever fits you the best.
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    Thanks for the reply and clarification!

    Not sure what I click track is (for timing I guess?), but may I ask how you record your drums (software or kit)?

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    Most of what I've done lately has required software percussion, but I've done plenty of acoustic kits too.

    A click track is a digital metronome built into your recording software.
    As soon as you hit record or play, it starts clicking at a set tempo.


    My reasoning is, if someone records guitar first then tries drums, you'll find that gaps and sections with held chords in the guitar recording won't be perfect, and the drummer will fumble fills and what not.

    With a click you are prompted.
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    Completely unrelated (lol) ... I noticed you're a developer; do you do any front-end (Ajax/JQuey)?

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    Many thanks (for both responses). Will start with a click track then I guess!

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    No probs.

    It is your choice, but if you're doing anything but drums first, it's a good idea.

    Best of luck.

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    Good advice from Steen.

    Let me just add, though, that there is something called "scratch tracks". For example, if you do drums first, you have to sing the song in your head while playing the drums all the way through. Nothing wrong with that if you can do it. But you might be more comfortable drumming along to a scratch on the guitar. This scratch track is just a guide to follow while you're playing drums.

    In a case like this, the guitar was recorded first, but then discarded after the drums were recorded (or you can leave the scratch while you record bass, etc...). Eventaully, you'd replace the guitar scratch track with the real guitar track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAMI View Post
    Eventaully, you'd replace the guitar scratch track with the real guitar track.
    Thanks for that RAMI.
    How embarrassing that I forgot to say that, even though I do it all the time! lol
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