Session Guitar: How to Create Professional-Sounding Tracks at Home

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gypsyblues73

Awesome tips Ron! I have been playing around with multi-tracking guitar parts, in different ways (mic to cabinet, re-amping a clean part, using a direct box, etc.). How many tracks do you think is really overdoing it? And when recording the same parts on top of each other, how much should you back of the gain depending on how many layers you're adding (so the distortion just isn't accumulated so it sounds mushy)?

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RonZabrocki

First of all thanks for commenting and reading!
As far as how many tracks is overdoing it...there are NEVER too many guitars! Lol!
However, just use your ears. I have put 1 guitar on a song and as many as 26 guitars on 1 song! Not all the way through, but I've quadrupled rhythm parts! Rarely do I double up too much distortion of 1 part. A typical chorus part on a song would have, a heavy rhythm gtr left and right. A third one up center. An acoustic left and right. And MAYBE another super heavy OR super clean track doubled left and right. Depending on the song!

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gypsyblues73

Thanks for the tips, I will try all of those!

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RonZabrocki

Thanks Tim! Hopefully you'll be hearing more real soon!

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tcbischof

Ron I've heard your recordings, simply amazing your playing. Your tips have helped me so much, you mentioned to change the key when you solo & I did this and man did it pop out in a good way. Thanks again. Keep em coming.

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