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Alistair S

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About Alistair S

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    Reading, Berkshire, UK

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    Neil Young, James Taylor, Leonard Cohen, Tracy Chapman, Tom Waits, John Martyn, Harvey Andrews, Ralph McTell

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  1. When you post, did you click the "show as link instead" option. If so, don't
  2. Just add the "s" to http - so it becomes https. It should just happen.
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    Studio performance skills

    You're approach sounds very sensible. Really, I don't think you have anything to worry about. The great advantage of this approach is that you can simply focus on your own performance and leave all that recording shit to the engineer. Of course, if the engineer turns out to be a bit of an ass, I would change studios - I bet there are a bunch near you. You need to feel comfortable. And just focus on performing as you would anywhere. The skill of recording is to capture a good performance. That's their job. The hard work for them is in making a lesser performance sound better. So, focus on delivering the song and let them worry about the rest. That's what you are paying them for. Get the tracks afterwards, in WAV form. You may want to download some software (a DAW, like Reaper, for example) and play with it yourself too. Honestly, if the engineer is a good guy, I think you'll have a lot of fun! And do have a go at your own stuff too! It's great to have it in the bank!
  4. I don't know whether I watched something live or recorded but it comes out well. Guitar sounds good (and I think you play it just fine!) Maybe a bit more light would be good (and some dancing girls wouldn't hurt! )
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    Blogs question

    Yes, as others have said, that will work fine. The blog functionality isn't all it could be, imho (I'm hoping the blog functionality gets a little love from the forum software developers at some point), but it works fine as a basic blog and for what you are asking.
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    Studio performance skills

    I suppose that the first thing to say is that the engineer will go out of his/her way to help you to relax. Relaxed people make their job easier He/she should take their time to get you set up so you are comfortable - and so that what comes through your headphones sounds good and helps you rather than distracts you. A couple of questions. Are you used to performing in front of other people? Is your anxiety about that or about someone pressing the record button? If it's about performance, maybe go to some local open mic nights? Everyone makes mistakes/hits bum notes, etc. sometimes and it's good to know that nobody kills you for it How long is a session? See how it goes and, if you feel under time pressure maybe change to one, longer session a month? I think once you have done it a couple of times, you'll feel fine being recorded. Expect to do numerous takes of the same thing (the engineer can then combine the best parts of each take). It can actually get boring (as well as frustrating)! Have you considered whether you plan on recording the guitar and the vocal separately or together? Each way has its advantages. By the way, how is your timing? Especially when doing parts separately, it can be very helpful to get used to playing to a click track (or a metronome). Treat the first session as a learning experience - a time to get to know the studio and how it works and to develop the relationship. If you haven't used a microphone much, for example, you may need to develop your mic technique. You have more sessions planned, after all! I think using a studio is a perfectly valid idea. They are relatively cheap these days and it saves you going through the learning curve of recording - and they will have better rooms to record in. You can also learn from the engineer in case you ever decide you want to start doing it yourself later.
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    Sell my songs

    I'm not sure where to move this, as I'm not sure whether this about writing music, recording it, or selling it. You've posted in a section about how to use the forum and you likely won't get many responses unless I move it. Either way, it would likely help if you could say whether you can play any instruments (or at least create backing tracks) and whether you perform live (getting a following is a good starting point and that is rarely going to happen if you are just online). Be aware that most people make less money from songwriting than they spend! There is a lot of music out there! I may move this topic again once it becomes clearer whet the focus is.
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    June Song Contest

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    Just curious, what's Junes contest gonna be?

    I going on holiday in 7 days for a little over 2 weeks, so I won't be able to run it. It may be better to just hold off until July and kick something off then? Edit: Yep. I think that's what we are going to do.
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    Best Movies Related to Music

    I'm not sure about "best", but some I've enjoyed (in addition to the above) are: Inside Llewyn Davis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFphYRyH7wc (highly recommended) Walk The Line Crazy Heart The Commitments Honky Tonk Man That'll Be The Day
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    What are you listening to?

    A band that may not be familiar over there and may be interesting to some - Show of Hands (English Folk) A couple of examples: Undertow - https://showofhands.bandcamp.com/track/undertow The Dive - https://showofhands.bandcamp.com/track/the-dive Or, to be a bit different - Roots Or Cousin Jack:
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    What are you listening to?

    Fairly mainstream, I guess - but Jason Isbell is a fairly recent discovery for me. A couple of tracks I like:
  13. Nobody will give an advance without payback - so rights must be part of the equation. The alternatives are Distrokid, Tunecore, etc. They will get you on the streaming sites (like Spotify) and they will pay you according to how many plays you get. There is a small cost involved, of course - and no advances (obviously). I guess it depends on who take the risk.
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    May Lyric Contest

    I think anyone running one of these contests would prefer that everyone met the deadline - it makes their lives much easier when that happens. However, if people fail to meet the deadline (and there are occasionally good reasons for that), the contest runner needs to make a pragmatic decision as to what to do for the best (assuming they are willing to be flexible at all). One individual's willingness to bend in very specific circumstances should never be seen as an excuse to ignore the deadlines (which would inevitably make the contest runner's job harder) nor should anyone make any assumptions that another person running a contest will show any flexibility at all. Honestly, I'm surprised at the question.