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Blueprint for recording a song - introduction

It's been over 3 years since I've produced a full-length song. My last recording stint ended with the release of my band's album Legacy.

Recently I've had the itch to get back into recording. For many years I've had various pieces for a song mapped out on the guitar, and yet since they didn't make it on to Legacy, I haven't had a chance to record it.

I was thinking of turning the process of me producing a song from scratch into a series of posts. I'd start from the state I'm in now (some chords on the guitar), and the posts would cover my future progression of figuring out the pieces of the song, putting them together, writing lyrics, recording a scratch track, searching for musicians to record the missing parts, recording final takes, compiling the files, mixing, mastering, and finally the release and marketing.

If things go to plan, this will be an insightful series of posts that will show how anyone can leverage the power of technology and the web to produce a professional song.

I feel these "tutorial" like posts have the potential to be a framework for a type of modern education. Tutorials of how to create X on Y software have been around since the dawn of the internet. But detailed descriptions of your processes, gear, and steps to create something you will be releasing/selling are not very common.

My vision is to provide a blueprint that anyone who is interested in recording music could follow.

It would be great if there was one place where designers, scientists, engineers, athletes, photographers, [insert many more nouns here] could share there blueprints.