This is one of those pieces that came to me from improvising
on the guitar. I came up with a bass line first, recorded that and then built
the chord harmonies, rythmn and melody around that.
For the bass I actually use a normal six string strat. I
record at normal pitch, apply a little distortion to ensure a rich ‘fat’ sound.
I play this line along to the drum track. Having obtained a satisfactory
recording of the bass line I then pitch shift the track down by an octave so
that it’s in the same register as a bass guitar. The rest is then experimenting
with equalisation/filters and dynamics to create a full bass sound. I could
have saved a lot of trouble by writing something via MIDI, but I wanted to play
it live and improvise a little - much more fun! For the guitar solo I instantly
knew the sound I was after. Not too much distortion but enough to create
sustain, depth and character. I didn’t use a guitar pick. I feel much more of a
connection with the instrument when playing this way.
I added a second lead guitar halfway through to change the
dynamics a bit.
I added piano and synth sounds last - just to add a wider
sound for some sections.
A very enjoyable piece to write and record!