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Classical Gas on a $60 Guitar in Audacity SOUNDS GOOD! 

Neely's Vid:https://youtu.be/tzJ_Irn0f9o Classical Gas is one of my favorite songs, it was one of the earliest songs I fell in love with when I started playing fingerstyle. I've seen many incorrect transcriptions so hopefully this tab makes things a bit more clear for anyone who wants to tackle this awesome Mason Williams track. 

Transcription

Please note, this transcription was computer generated and has not been checked for errors. However, I do hope you find it helpful. Be sure to check out The Ultimate Modal Poster!

I made this video because I love this song. It's one of my favorite recordings ever and I spent a lot of time putting together that Arrangement so the tablet sure that you're getting there is mine and it is exactly the way. Had been hearing the song after years and years of learning different tabs here and there now. I do make some changes from what Mason WIlliams is doing because I don't have an orchestra to back me up, but I still think it gets the point across pretty well and if you can play this Arrangement, then you're not going to have any problem doing exactly what you're hearing on that recording and now I want to talk about dealing with bad gear. I have never had the luxury of having good gear. It's always one of those things that is always on the back burner because I'm always focused on learning and playing and practicing and writing and there's also the money aspect gear costs money and this guitar Our is one of the first guitars I ever got I got two for $60 on some defunct website called you bid.com.

It was a refurbished Yamaha C40 and I've been carrying around all these years. It's got the Battle Scars to show for it and it still sounds good. I just wanted to kind of demonstrate you don't need a lot of really great equipment to get something to sound presentable. The other piece of gear I needed was a microphone and this is not the worst microphone you can get but it's certainly one of the cheapest good Mike's you can find. It's a Shure sm57 and these things pretty much. Word anything you can stick it in front of anything. It'll pick up some sound and it'll sound. All right, and the software I use is totally free audacity is a great piece of software for somebody who just wants to get into recording and writing you're not going to get you know, commercial Productions that are going to make it to the radio, but you will get the basic principles of mixing and recording your own stuff layering tracks on top of each other and it's a surprisingly powerful and capable program if you know what you're doing. So what I decided to do is take some of the skills. I've learned through years of working in Ableton and reason and see if I can take those same skills and mixing principles and apply them on a Dasa tea instead. So here's what I did to record this track. I started off by sticking a microphone right about here.

I tested different parts of my guitar to see what would get the best sound and I found right about here at the base of my guitar sounded seem pretty nice if I stuck the mic right there.

I've learned don't Mike The Sound Hole The Sound Hole just is just basically and bumi and lot of low-end stuff coming out of there. I don't usually get a good sound out of it. So I just talked to Mike right about here and I recorded straight into audacity. The end the raw track without any effects sounds like this.

What I used to do in audacity in my early days is just select everything. I want to add Reverb on and click on reverb and add Reverb but one thing I've learned about is using returns and sends and that's not really a feature we can do in audacity. So here's what I did instead. I duplicated my track and added the Reverb effect to it. Once I did that I pan that all the way to the left speaker.

And then I did this process again and pan that all the way to the right speaker, but I did ask some slight differences in the way. The Reverb is formed a longer Reverb and a different room size there and what that did is gave me a little bit of a difference between the Reverb. I'm hearing from my left speaker and my right speaker. It gives it a little bit of a stereo effect and certainly helps a bland One microphone performance like this one. Now the cool thing about this is since I have these three verbs on separate tracks. I can lift and lower the volume of those reverbs and blend them in with my original signal.

Until it's just at the point where I think it sounds right.

I took the same process over again and I just did it with delay instead. So I duplicated my track and put a delay effect on the entire thing.

Now this really doesn't sound that good all on its own, but I figured if we kept it quiet enough in the mix. It might just add a little bit of interest to the left speaker in the right speaker. And then once again a slight difference in delay on the right speaker, just so there's some differences there. You don't want to have the exact same thing happening in both speakers. It's really you're not going to get any stereo separation that way. I mean, it's fine. It's just doesn't give you a fuller sounding performance.

And then the last step was some parallel compression. I took my original track. I added some compression to it and you might be able to hear that the Dynamics are a little bit more evened out in this performance all the loud stuff. Has been squashed down a little bit and all I did was just blend this compressed track in with everything else. So I was able to mix these different channels all together until I got something that sounded a little bit more interesting and a little bit more presentable than just a dry recorded guitar.

One of my favorite YouTubers Adam Neely did a video not too long ago asking the question does gear matter and his answer is it kind of does not really but yeah, and the best thing I heard in that video is one girl said you can give some colored pencils to a great artist and they're still going to be able to make great art. They don't need expensive paint to do it and I kind of wanted to demonstrate that to you if you've got a guitar and if you've got a microphone and if you have a computer, you can pretty much start recording yourself. It's not going to be easy, but you can do it and if you ever have the opportunity to upgrade to a nicer guitar Or to a nicer microphone to a nicer computer you're going to be that much better prepared to actually utilize what you have because you understand things at a fundamental level and you can get a good product without even that great of equipment.

So I hope you enjoyed this and I hope it gives you a little inspiration to get on your old beater guitar and start playing it again and maybe start recording some of your own music on Audacity.

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