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13 Tips For Getting Better Drum Tracks, By Luke O’Kelley

This is a guest post by AirGigs artist Luke O'Kelley Building a song with great sounding drums is no simple process. There are a lot of elements that can contribute to, or detract from a great sounding drum track. The quality of your kit, drum…

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The Anatomy of a Background Vocal Arrangement. Part 2, BGVs

This is a guest post by AirGigs artist Lydia Salnikova BGVs, as in “background vocals”. It is actually a synonym of “harmonies” and those 2 terms can be used interchangeably, but for the purpose of this article I have chosen to separate them. As discussed…

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The Anatomy of a Background Vocal Arrangement. Part 1, harmonies

This is a guest post by AirGigs artist Lydia Salnikova Hi, I’m Lydia Salnikova and I’m here to talk about one of my favorite subjects: background vocals. First, please allow me to share a bit of my own background – not only to establish credibility…

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Hiring A Rapper

So You Want to Hire a Rapper?

Rap is a burgeoning medium that has rapidly begun to expand outside of hip-hop into almost every genre of music. Since Linkin Park’s genre bending album Hybrid Theory rap has spilled outside of hip-hop and rock into EDM, Jazz, Classical, Pop, Disco, Musical, and so…

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Session musician vs. collaborator: which one do you need?

Songwriting, like any art form, is a very personal and complex process. Sometimes it is easy and effortless, as if something (or Someone?) else is guiding your pen. Sometimes it is laborious and even strenuous, keeping you up at night and requiring all of your…

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The Importance Of A Reference Track When Working With Session Musicians

The Importance of a Reference Track, by Mark Marshall

There is a powerful tool that can take some of the guessing game out of any session. It’s called a reference track. It’s not a plugin. It’s not a piece of hardware you can buy. It’s an audio "Look Book" for your song. A aural…

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Number Charts: Crash Course by Lydia Salnikova

First, a disclaimer... You donʼt HAVE to know how to write number charts. Many professional session musicians (myself included) are willing to work with whatever materials clients give them, or write their own charts. But if you want a bit of “street” music education, a…

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Introduction to Number Charts by Lydia Salnikova

Introduction to Number Charts (part 1) by AirGigs member Lydia Salnikova Also known as “Nashville number charts”. In Nashville, simply known as “charts”. Who needs them, anyway? Say youʼre a songwriter/producer and would like to create a recording of your latest composition. You may not…

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Session Guitar Tips With Andrew Timothy

This is a guest post written by AirGigs member Andrew Timothy For as long as I’ve been playing guitar I’ve been fascinated by the recording process. Specifically, by how different session guitarists approach creating parts and crafting tones for a given song. There’s an artistic…

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4 Project Management Tips For Successful Remote Studio Sessions

Knowing how to effectively communicate and manage projects, is a skill that every successful freelancer must have, or learn to cultivate. This is even more the case with remote recording sessions, like we have here on AirGigs. While we do everything in our power to…

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