I hit record, close my eyes, think about absolutely nothing and let my hands do their thing......
Hi this is my first post and I'm still trying to find my way around.
Song structure is what I struggle most with. I usually play live and now that I decided to record my first EP I'm having major problems with arrangement and song structure. I'm solo and my music is instrumental acoustic guitar with a lot of percussive elements. So when I perform live people can see what I'm doing with my guitar, but when I try to record the songs as they are, it feels like something is missing. So then I keep adding Instruments and parts that add to the song. The song then progressively changes to the point where I realize that it sounds completely different to the live version. Then I usually stop working on it and end up getting nothing done. Very frustrating.
So my question is how people limit themselves in the studio to find that balance between studio version and live version. Where is the line?
I usually don't have too much trouble with the verses and chorus. The bridge seems to be where I usually get stuck. Or maybe just run out of words, I'm more of a music person than a word person