D Dominant Phrygian Shred

2/12/13

    Well shit, it's been a awhile since i've posted anything. I've been working alot on my guitar playing and this is the product.



Enjoi.  (:

Guitar Tutorials - Recording Part I

6/25/11

Every serious electric guitarist eventually must come to point of recording his or her own material. It lets us save those awesome licks we came up with last weekend or show off our mad skills to those jackasses across the street, years later. 


But with every up, comes it's down. Recording your guitar playing is one thing. Making it sound good is another. There are probably millions of articles on the web just like this. Really, go take a look...


But that's beside the point. There are many ways you can record your playing. But you must start from the basics. Mind, i am not a god send, know it all to be audiophile of all sound artists. I just know a little bit here and there. 

Chances are, you will be using a digital process.
Now, what's the difference between analog and digital? Simple. Analog is sound captured in it's original sound wave form. And example of this is a tape recorder. When played back, it is identical to the sound wave captured.


Digital is an approximation of the sound wave, taken from a sampling rate and transformed into digital numbers that can be stored on a digital device such as an MP3 format or a CD. It matches computer bits as close to the original sound wave as it can. The standard CD sampling rate is 44,000 samples per second. This means for every second of that sound wave, 44,000 bits are approximating that sound. 


It almost works like a digital picture. On an analog sound wave, the wave is smooth, varying and continuous. If we matched up a digital "sound wave" to this, it would look almost identical. But if we were to zoom in closer, we would notice the bits along the wave much like you see pixels on a digital picture. Those pixels approximate for the color and light received by the lens.  


But we've gotten off the point now. As I said before, chances are you will be using a digital process. It's most unlikely you will be carrying a few multi-track units and spare tape cassettes with you. 
The most common digital process is to run an adapter cable from your guitar amplifier to your computer's sound input. You can buy one of these cables for fairly cheap from your local electronics store. Alternatively, if you're looking to record acoustic, you may use a microphone [Analog] to run through your computer's digital microphone interface. If you are using this method, it is important to ensure that the microphone is of good quality and you have a good environment to record in as background noises and the such will be present. 


The next step of the process is audio production. You will need a program that can capture, import, export and edit audio with ease and clarity. There are thousands of these programs out there, most of which cost money. Lots of money. But thank god for open source. Audacity is a free, opensource, multiplatform audio editor that will do loads, for no price at all. (It is important to download all the extensions after downloading the program)


Now that you have set yourself up to record some music, it's time to look at the basics.
Never record too high! This is important. If you record your music with too much volume or gain, it will sound like complete crap. The resulting sound will be scratchy, static filled and hard [as well as painful] to hear. While high gain is great for if you're just playing, you must remember that when it comes to recording, the usual guitar rules don't apply any more. Less is more and 11 is no longer the ideal setting for your amp. 


If you're using a multi track recording program like Audacity, separate your song into different passages and parts. For example, if your song has both a rhythm and lead part, record those separate. Then further separate them by finding parts in the songs that divide.   

Introduction to the Site

11/12/10

Being as this is the start of the site, I may as well introduce it properly and start off with what will be here.


I'm Trey[Site owner]. I'm active on several sites, including 3 forums, one of which i am Co-administrator. I've played guitar for 4 years and will be glad to put out everything i know, and don't know.


Enough about me now, Inebriated Fish will hold tutorials that i post. These tutorials will range from beginner lessons to tabs and techniques. 
I will post and update the site on a weekly if not daily basis. If you find the site any bit interesting, feel free to pass it on, doesn't hurt to  :)


-One of my electric guitars [Ibanez RG370]