Session Guitar: The Seven Most Common Mistakes Made in the Recording Studio

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rawkbass

Great article.

Recording in the studio is long, tedious work and super boring if you are not a key part of the project. Listen to Ron and leave your friends and girlfriends/boyfriends (or sugarmomma/daddy funding the project) at home. They will get bored and become a distraction very quickly no matter how band savvy you think they are.

It's funny, I was writing some music for a TV show once that a friend asked me to work on with him. But, when it came time to get together to hash some stuff out, he was "unavailable". I knew if it got to the studio he would show up, throw the cans on, listen a couple times, make a ton of suggestions and take off again. So, unfortunately, it was a missed opportunity.

I'm no session player, so preparation is king.

I love this blog. So much good stuff :)

PS - Be wary of guys who offer to record you for a flat rate. Quality is usually based on the time spent. If you pay a flat fee to a studio or producer they will typically decide when your recording is done, even if it fails to meet your expectations.

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RonZabrocki

Thanks so much for reading and the kind words! I agree on all points. Sometimes you can get a good deal for a flat fee, but it usually bites you on the ass. Get a good budget, be flexible, whatever you need to do to get your music the way you want it! I usually use the good fast and cheap rule for negotiating...you can have any 2! Want it good and fast...won't be cheap....want it fast and cheap....won't be good. Works everytime!
Be well and keep in touch!
Ron

hwerks2k

Love the comment about the producer.....our disc sounds like shiiitt because the producer wasn't familiar with our sound.....and now i'll be mixing it again.........

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RonZabrocki

Sorry to hear that. Sometimes it's better to just find a good engineer if you even need the big studio, and do it yourself! Good luck with mixing. Don't sweat the details and dump anything the producer added! Lol! Thanks for sharing and let me know how the mixes workout! Email me through my website. www.ronzabrocki.com

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Russtafari

what a great one Ron!! I have had the pleasure of recording with u and i can relate to this blog very well...u are a genius, cant wait to start the next project...keep the blogs coming!!

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RonZabrocki

See you in September......isn't that a song? I'm way too young to remember! Lol! Miss ya Russ!

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RonZabrocki

See you in September......isn't that a song? I'm way too young to remember! Lol! Miss ya Russ!

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ardiril

The biggest studio mistake I could possibly make is allowing a mike anywhere near my mouth. I can't even growl death metal vocals without being off-key.

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RonZabrocki

Too funny! Thanks for the comment! I'm sure you can't be that bad! Lol!

Kevin Williams

I once got talked into using unfamiliar gear and I didn't have the confidence to say "no". What a mistake. Learned an important lesson that I never forgot.

Great article guys.

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RonZabrocki

Hey Kevin! Hard but valuable lesson! Thanks for sharing and reading! Appreciate your input!

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lesmesa

love your blog what you say can go across the board in many other industries let alone music. I was told by a multimillionaire that "the devil is in the details"..........
you are preaching common sense, which is a lost art nowadays .........

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RonZabrocki

Thanks so much for the kind words! It really is true! Common sense is all too uncommon these days! Be well! Appreciate the comment!

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RonZabrocki

Just want to say Spin Recording Studios is an amazing place for any guitarist to record. I love it. Stop by the website and check it out. Tell Pete I said hi!

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