C.G.’s Tips of the Week – Advice From The Certified Genius

Get Live. As in you use live instruments in your music/beats. Link up with some musicians in your area or even over the internet and find a way to set up a deal with them and do some work together. You can even learn to play an instrument yourself and record it at home. Nothing sounds better than having real live instruments in your production, especially when most of the digital versions of the instruments sound really cheesy. I personally I find this to be the case with electric guitars. For an example, check out this cover song I did with Clay B (my guitarist) for Marilyn Manson’s “Sweet Dreams” and 50 Cent’s “If I Can’t”.

Still not convinced? Check out my reasoning below.

Pros Of Using Live Instruments In Your Music:

1.) You will have a more professional and authentic sound to your records/remixes/beats/etc. (unless you want the record to sound more digital which can also be cool).

2.) Your music will “breathe” more since most digital sounds don’t have the dynamic range of real live instruments (especially guitars).

3.) Two heads are better than one. Maybe your guitarist or pianist will come up with a really cool solo or melody that you never thought of but fits perfectly in your music (this was the case with the above track of mine that I posted, my guitarist came up with the solos himself, I just did the main melodies and breakdown melodies).

4.) I told you to do it so of course it’s a good idea!

Of course there are plenty of good reasons to use live instruments in your tracks but these are my main one reasons. Agree or disagree, live instruments are a great supplement to music. I’d recommend that you hit up Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, etc. and look for someone to team up with who can play and record (with good quality) an instrument(s). I was fortunate enough to meet the guitarist I work with at a recording studio so always be on the look out for other talented people.

Well that’s about it for now, I’ll be back with more knowledge soon enough!

Thanks for reading,

Posted by Christopher “C.G.” Gallucci of C.G. Productionz

P.S.: Look out for my new mixtape “Payback: Certified Genius Volume 2” on Datpiff.com, it will be available for free this Monday!


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