As I started thinking about this EP I’m working on, I pondered over the approach I would take when recording guitar parts. I’m a guitar player first and a singer second, and as such I probably pay more attention to getting good guitar tones and writing interesting/melodic guitar lines than I do vocal production. This is something I need to work on since if there is a vocal in the song, it is instantly and justifiably the focal point. I’ll need to spend as much if not more time ensuring that the vocal performance is solid.
But this isn’t exactly what I want to talk about. The title of this post alludes to how I’m approaching my guitar parts. So for the old school…I’m using an all tube Panama Fuego X amp to record one of my rhythm guitar parts. Why is this news? Well, up until a year ago, I had never owned much less played through a tube amp! This is kinda backwards since tube amps have been at the center of nearly every guitar player’s rig for decades…I’m just a tad late to the game. Now for the new school…I’ve always been a fan of technology and have used it extensively in the past and will continue to do so in the future. I’ll be using my Line 6 Helix for the other rhythm guitar along with my lead tones.
The idea deal is to marry the old school with the new school as I’m incorporating guitar parts that help paint the sonic lands I’m creating. It’s not a groundbreaking idea to be sure, but it’s one I’ve never tackled. It makes me happy to use the best of both worlds.