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Nashville Recording Studio Tips

These Nashville Recording Studio tips will save you time and money.

1. Traffic in Nashville can get congested, especially between 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Leave for the studio with plenty of time to spare!

2. Be well rehearsed and do it at home where time is free,

3. Nashville number charts are the most efficient method to communicate to session musicians exactly what you want. If you have a producer they'll write the charts. If you don't hire someone to do it well prior to the session.

4. Try not to get bogged down on a part. It's easy to eat up an hour. If the guitarist, vocalist or whoever is taking a long time trying to get a difficult lick recorded, ask them to revert to the simpler version.

5. Most recording sessions in Nashville are 4 hours long and start at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.

6. Tell the musicians and engineer, "First downbeat is 10 a.m." If you say instead that "the session is at 10 that's about when they'll walk in and begin setting up and tuning. You want the full four hours.

7. If you don't regularly play on sessions, don't, you'll have your rear handed to you. Add the guitar track you wish to play as an overdub, don't try to play on the rhythm tracking session.

8. Consult with the engineer to determine how long each step of the recording process- rhythm tracking, recording vocals, recording overdub instruments and mixing will take. Don't book performers too close together.

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