The Click


I finally got myself back into the studio. I have been itching to work on a new arrangement of an old song. The acoustic guitar is supposed to be the foundation for the recording. I know how to play guitar.  I have been doing it for a long time.  This part is not difficult but I was never able to get a good take.  I spent two hours doing the same thing over and over and over.  
A common practice in the studio is to use a click track. This involves recording the parts while a metronome ticks at a consistent pace. I hate playing with a click. I could probably count on one hand the number of times that I have successfully used a click track.  It always feels fake. All of the life is sucked out of the song.  I got so desperate with this guitar part that I even tried playing it with a click. It still wasn’t good.  
Another side effect of playing with a click track is that the incessant ticking ratchets up my anxiety.  I wasn’t able to accomplish my goals in the studio and I am incredibly twitchy.  This has not been the most productive day.  However, I now have a great framework for what I should avoid doing tomorrow.  

Bonus:  100 Weird Folk Points to anyone that can guess which of my previously recorded songs this post is about.  (I just made up Weird Folk Points, I don’t think they exist.)