So for my 30th birthday last April (as in 2017!!!!) my work colleagues bought me a 3 hour studio experience voucher, which I was very humbled by and grateful for. I wanted to double up the time ideally to get a full day in there.
The problem has been finding the time to practice and prep enough to be ready as I'm substandard in both guitar and singing, and my music room is the untidiest place known to man and can't seem to get a set up that always works for practice because of that, and because of ongoing technical problems I seem to have (can detail these separately if you want to laugh at how many different things can go wrong!). My musical ability is either in playing piano (classical), or in arranging really, ie musical ear rather than any singing or guitar ability.
It's stressing me out as I've had to extend the voucher validity and now they can't fit me in for the full six hours until June when I'm on holiday. So any practice and prep I do now will be worthless in July as I'll have forgotten it all.
So what should I do?
My intention was to do three original songs in full there, then record the composite parts of a number of covers to finish at home myself. I would bring my backing tracks in audio stems or in a Pro Tools project file so that I effectively re-record the guitar and vocals (ie the stuff I can't do so well at home).
I've thought of the following options:
1. Try to book two three hour sessions on different days. Do vocals on one, guitars on the other. Finish mixing at home. Should not increase set up/set down times this way, compared to doing three songs one day and the rest on another.
2. Just do the three hours (don't extend time) and hope to finish my original ones, and keep the chaos and stress going at home trying to finish the others.
3. Giving up completely and just pretending to others I'm too shy to share what I've recorded
I've discounted the following options which had previously been suggested or considered:
1. Doing something totally different, using piano instead. They only have digital pianos and can't record classical on those so no go on that.
2. Going all "singer songwriter" and using the time to record me doing a bit of solo vocals plus guitar/piano, to a click track, so I could use the files later in a bigger arrangement. Can't do this though as sadly my vocals and playing are weak enough by themselves, let alone doing them simultaneously! But even doing them separately in this way, I'm not interesting enough for the recordings to hold the attention that way, and it feels somehow even more self indulgent to do that (notwithstanding that this whole project is a vanity thing to be fair...)
Not really sure what tips can be picked up really as assume the common consensus will be option 2 but who knows unless you ask
Thanks kind people of tFB