Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23G0JpRworQ
In addition to my guitar the only special equipment I needed to record this song was a sound-card that I used to connect my guitar to the computer. How was that possible?
I used BandLab. In it's core it is an online DAW that works in the browser(! or as a mobile phone app). But it provides other services as well and it is a social platform too. There you can eg. share your music, collaborate with others or simply fork songs to make your own version (if the original creator allows that).
I started to build the song by forking a composition from the BandLab team. (They make contests in every month and usually provide basic tracks to fork and create something from them.)
As a whole the track was too electronic for my taste. But it started with a catchy melody and had a nice chord progression with good sounds that I liked. It inspired me to think about how could I transform it to be less mechanical.
I was sure about two things. First: I'm a guitarist so I planned to play a guitar melody over the track of course. Second: there were an irritating pattern in the track that pushed me! I really had to remove that! I started with that task immediately! 😉
Then I rearranged the sections a little and started to build up the guitar melody. I tried to apply some melody building tricks (variations, repetitions, pitch changes etc.) that I figured out by listening and learning eg. Cryin' by Joe Satriani. (I do not think that I wrote an equally great song. I'm really talking about just learning songwriting ideas by "analyzing" other songs.)
I got to mention that when I published the song I got some nice feedback about the guitar sound. To be honest, that is a built in preset in BandLab, called "Big Solo" that I used without any modification. I found it to be inspirational that helped me to compose the guitar melody. Just like the "Classic Phase" preset that inspired a chord section and a lick of the song.
I wanted the song to be less direct but to have some more "atmosphere" so I looked for some loops in BandLab's sound library. (The song got it's title by the one I added to the beginning.) I also added some spacey fx to the loops and I was pretty much done.
I've recorded the video in my room with my phone. Then I used iMovie (that comes with macOS) to edit the footage. This was somehow a painful process because I found iMovie to be very basic. It was really hard eg. to sync the music and video tracks. (Luckily I've found a fantastic free video editing software later! More about it in the next post…)
I've created the Leisure Guitar channel on YouTube earlier so I just had to upload the video and publish it.
I was really satisfied with the music creation process (I'm most thankful for the inspirations I mentioned above). I struggled a little with the video creation but I like the end result! I hope you like it as well! 🙂
You can find the TAB of this song in PDF and Guitar Pro format here: Guitar TAB of Key of Soul by Leisure Guitar