Limbering Up

During lockdown, I traded in my old effects box for a Helix LT effects processor, from PMT in Salford. As I got to grips with it, I copied a couple of well known song parts, and I found myself creating new riffs on the guitar.

I recorded myself using my phone, but the quality was only good enough to share with friends. So, I gathered together my music software and gear, and acquired a pair of studio monitors in anticipation of some new writing and recording.

Ready to record again - Orion Pro and Adam A7X monitors

When it was all set up, I had to test that I could still work the software. So I recorded a short riff and melody I’d knocked up recently. It all came back to me after a while, and I was pretty pleased with the result, although it was a very short piece of unfinished music.

After showing some friends what I’d done, I was sent a couple of pieces of unfinished music. Firstly, I was asked to add a guitar part to a jazzy bass and backing track. I went full-Santana over it. Then, I was sent a short free-played acoustic guitar piece, with no brief. I was a bit more ambitious with this, adding full drum/bass backing, 12-string electric, and two lead guitar tracks.

None of this is finished quality work, but I wanted to share it anyway — just to show what can be accomplished with minimal practice and 20 year old software.

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