Let me say up front that I want you to make a lot of great music this year. Not only that, but I want you to get more done in less time and have more fun doing it. That’s what this entire Songwriting Month is all about. So take a little tip from me: get smart and start using click tracks when you’re demoing songs.
Click Tracks Give You Vibe
Let’s just cut to the chase and address the biggest misconception about click tracks (i.e. metronomes) in the studio: they steal the soul and vibe of your song. The most common complaint I hear about click tracks is that they make music sound robotic, static, and it removes any opportunity for vibe and flow. Ironically it’s the opposite.
The point of a click or metronome is to act as a guide or a framework. You know when the quarter notes are, or the eighth notes, or at least the down beats of each measure are. Why is that cool? So you can vibe freely in between. When you know exactly when the next bar is about to hit you are confident, so you can focus more on the vibe and performance than the timing.
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