First things first. Thank you for all the sweet emails you folks sent me yesterday when I announced the twins. I’m still wading through hundreds of them. Y’all are awesome. 🙂

Okay, on to today’s tip, as promised…

When it comes to recording electric guitar, there are so many things to think about.

But if you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a bunch of tracks that just don’t work for the song.

The key to all this?


Onions have layers that fit really nicely together.

(Onions also make you cry, which a REALLY good recording can do, too.)

A popular approach to recording electric guitar is to record multiple layers of guitars, several tracks of electric. These layers, if done the right way, can make for a HUGE, awesome guitar sound.

If done the wrong way, they’ll just waste your time.

Now, I’m no secret genius when it comes to recording electric guitars. Just last week I was tracking electrics for a song, and I spent probably a full 2-3 hours on ONE song, just trying to come up with all the right parts.

It’s not good enough just to chug away power chords for 6 tracks and call it a day.

That rarely works.

For me there are basically three parts to recording electric guitar. I’ve got to get ALL of these right for the session to go well.

Here they are:

  1. The Guitar – You obviously need the right guitar for the song. This goes hand in hand with number 3, but if you’re using the wrong guitar for the song, it won’t work. (Or if you’re trying to get a tele sound out of a Les Paul…ain’t gonna happen.)
  2. The Tone – The guitar is step one. Dialing in the right tone for the song (or the specific part) is a HUGE part of the process. You have to balance between being aggressive enough and being TOO aggressive.
  3. The Part – None of this matters if the guitarist isn’t playing the right part for the song. THAT’s where I spend most of my time, finding the right part (and the right NUMBER of parts) for the song at hand.

It’s a BLAST to do, although it can take time.

And this applies to other types of instruments as well.

If you want to see how I did it on this particular session, I just posted the video inside the VIP members area. You can watch it by joining here:

Have a great weekend!

Joe Gilder
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