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Posted by pcfive on Saturday, September 25, 2010

 I spent some time with GarageBand today. One surprise was that I set it on 150 bpm to record FMB, and it didn't seem very fast. But maybe GarageBand is off? Later, I set my metronome to 150 and played FMB and it was hard to keep up. So there seems to be a discrepancy. Well anyhow, my FMB moves along pretty quick. Much much better than 6 months ago, or even 2 months ago.

I recorded various instrumentals that I practice every day. Most of them I have recorded before, and I wanted to hear how much better they would sound. I record fairly often on my old computer with only one track, and less often with GarageBand. I love recording with GarageBand, but can only do it on a Saturday or Sunday if I have some extra time. 

I also recorded some vocals and that is so much fun. I like to have 2 or 3 banjo tracks and 2 or 3 vocal tracks. It sounds like a whole band! An unruly band of amateurs, it's true, but sometimes I think it sounds kind of good.

I always hope I will make a multi-track recording good enough to post, and then I would delete what I have here now. But every recording is somehow not good enough. Or sometimes I think it's pretty good, but could be even better, after I practice more. Well that is always true, isn't it?

I have to admit I am now at the point where I like the way my banjo sounds when I play it, at least some of the time. That used to not be the case. There used to always be a gigantic difference between how I sounded and how I wanted to sound. I didn't know if I would EVER get that sound I wanted.

One thing that helped a lot was getting my Goodtime Special, and then getting it set up by an expert. But it's also just practicing A LOT every day. Now I am disappointed if I don't get to practice at least 2 hours.



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