I’m back, baby, and I’m calling a mulligan on an earlier entry in the series. Once upon a time, I posted my first humble attempt at something approximating finger-pickin’, a cover of a Lynn Miles tune called “Surrender Dorothy.” It was OK. I adore the song, and I really enjoyed learning it on the tenor guitar.
Lately, though, I’ve been trying to improve my skills on the 6-string, and I decided I wanted another shot at the song. The original involves much more pickin’ goodness than I can manage (Lynn Miles is a much better guitar player than I am), but I found a way to adapt, so I dropped my pick, tuned up the ol’ Epiphone beater, and took a shot at it.
The tricky part, as it turned out, was not learning and performing the song; I got that down pretty quickly, and it isn’t terribly complicated. The tricky part was the recording.
By “tricky,” in the context of that last sentence, I mean “royally *bleep*ing annoying.” Josh recently gave me some recording tech homework, and I’m coming to understand just how bad I’ve been at this stuff all along. Sheesh! Garage Band helps the user quite a lot, but there are things it cannot do, mistakes from which it cannot save you, and bad habits it cannot correct on its own. Balancing the sound of a (fairly soft) finger-picked guitar with a vocal takes some careful thought, and I may actually visit this song again after I’ve done some more of that homework. Here’s how it turned out this time: