Monthly Archives: September 2012

My Gibson ES-346 in the studio

My studio workflow

The other day I wrote about how an idea develops into a song, and my approach to arranging the music. Today I’ll write about how I prepare a song for recording and my studio workflow around the recording sessions.

My Gibson ES-346 in the studio

My Gibson ES-346 in the studio

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Will Lee in the studio with the scores to Down at the cafe by Soren Reiff

Arranging the music

If I’ve been returning to an idea for a song and been able to see some potential, and still like the overall feel of the tune, I start to think more seriously about the arranging the music.

Arranging the music

At this point I normally have all the fundamental parts of the song; verse, bridge and chorus … So, it’s time to consider the overall flow of the track – how it builds up and develops.

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I normally record my ideas for a song on my phone

Composing music

I go through several different phases when I’m writing music before an idea for a song might end up as a recorded and maybe even released song. Here I’ve written about how I work when I’m composing music. Later on I’ll write about my workflow when I’m arranging music and preparing the song for recording.

The first idea for a song

I get almost all my ideas for my songs when I sit and jam by myself in a time gap between more important stuff – suddenly there’s a small phrase that catches my attention or maybe an interesting chord progression that inspires me for a theme or other chord progressions.

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My creative process, guitars, gear, concerts and sessions

Hello and welcome to my blog – and thank you for being here!

I have been looking forward for launching this blog for quite a while, so It’s great to have you here reading. Some of the many issues that I want to share with you are my creative process, guitars, gear, concerts and sessions.

My creative process

One of my intensions with this blog to invite you into my creative process. I’ll write about the development of a track, from the moment I get the first idea for a song till I continue developing it, arrange it and finally record the song. This also means that I’ll write about the recording sessions and the amazing musicians and creative people who are involved in this, and you will get the possibility to read about some of the things that happens after the recordings, like editing, mixing, mastering and release. I sure hope that I’ll get some comments and feedback from you or other readers that’ll inspire me in this part of my work. So if you come up with some good and constructive ideas or read something you want to comment, please go right ahead whenever you feel for it.

Concerts and sessions

In addition to this, I’ll write about concerts or sessions. This could either be about how I’ll prepare the music I’m going to play, pick the right equipment or let you hear something special about the gigs or the persons involved in the shows.

My guitars and gear

I can’t hide the fact that I’m really fond of guitars and been in love with them since I was about 4 years old, so of cause I’ll also write some stuff about guitars and all the fantastic gadgets you can use together with them like amps, pedals or things for the studio.

Hope to see you here again soon

I’m really looking forward to work on this blog – I hope I can write a new post once a week and reply comments more often. I can’t promise I’ll manage that, but I’ll do my very best, but I also have to use some time on other things like playing and recording, so there is something to write about, I hope you can live with that and I certainly hope that you will visit here again soon.

Have a wonderful day

Soren

Photo credits

Photo on header by Rishi & photo on sidebar by Henrik Delfer