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The Musician's Guide to Recording Acoustic Guitar

Learn the tools of the trade for recording acoustic guitar parts in your home studio!
Level: , 32 pages
RefNr: HL695505
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Written by: Dallan Beck

Format: Misc Medium: Book/CD
Series: Musicians InstitutePublisher: Musician's Institute
Genre: * | Recording - Acoustic Guitar |

Learn the tools of the trade for recording acoustic guitar parts in your home studio! Topics covered in this one-on-one lesson with MI faculty instructor Dallan Beck include miking techniques, direct recording, EQ, compression, recording techniques, and effects such as chorus, reverb and delay. The accompanying CD features 48 demo tracks.

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Book of the Month 2003-11

Guitar Book of the Month November 2003 - The Musician's Guide to Recording Acoustic Guitar

This month I have chosen a book from Musicians Institute Press about recording acoustic guitar. By acoustic guitar, the author means acoustic steel string guitar – at least this is what is covered. Recording classical guitar is not covered. I have no experience in recording classical guitar, but I assume that the approach will be a bit different compared to steel string guitar.

It is a book of only 32 pages, and do not really go in depth. But this is what I like in this case: It will help us get a basic sound down, and give us a starting point. We can avoid the most common errors, and we do not have to spend a lot of time expremienting without any clues or directions.

It starts with a giude to recording strumming guitar parts. In 12 steps, Dallan Beck starts with positioning of the microphone, with some suggestions for variations. When the recording starts, we get the dry sound. Then he filters out some low to mid frequencies, then boosts some treble, add compression, and finally some reverb is added. It is done step by step, and each step is explained.

Then he goes on with fingerpicking guitar and direct recording with built in transducer.

After having covered the basics, Dallan Beck goes on with discussing various microphone techniques. And again direct recording is discussed at the end.

The following chapters cover Getting Quality Levels to Tape (or disc), Equalization, Compression, Recording Techniques and Effects.

The book comes with a CD with recorded examples. It is not great music, and is not meant to be. But it illustrates all the stepes of recording and processing that is discussed in the book. We can hear how an adjustment of EQ will change the sound, what some added compression will do to the sound, etc.

As said in the introduction, it is the step by step apporach to the basics that makes me recommend the book. It will help you get a better basic sound, and give you a plattform for further experiments and development. And it gives you some clues on what to experiment with.

If you are more into recording electric guitar, the following book can be an alternative. It covers both electric and acoustic guitar, but it is clear that the author is more interested in the electric guitar.

For other books on recording, go to the recording page in the book section. [If you are thinking of setting up a home studio, go to the Home Studio page in the Recording Section under Equipment.]

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