Posts Tagged ‘Richard Gilewitz’

Recording an Album: #2 – Using a Click Track

Posted by Brian on 19th October 2014 in Guitar, How to:..., Journal, Recording

Well, I’ve started…

The first track that I am going to record is Richard Gilewitz’s “Echoing Wilderness”. I’ll be playing the abridged version, similar to the one that Leo Kottke recorded, rather than the much longer original.

I’ve decided that I will use a “click track” to record this tune. A “click track” is basically a metronome that plays while you record. There are many reasons to use a click track, most of which are outlined in this excellent article: Why Smart Songwriters Use Click Tracks

Some people hate click tracks, some love them. I think that they are a great tool but not universally required. (For now…)

I timed out “Echoing Wilderness” at about three and a half minutes, so I created a three and a half minute click track [Generate>Click Track] at 72 beats per minute (bpm), which I figured to be about the right tempo.

It wasn’t.

At 72 beats per minute, the song is longer than three and a half minutes. I was still playing the outro when the click track stopped. “Perfect!” I thought, since a wanted to slow down at the end anyways. What I didn’t realize was that when the click track stopped, the recording stopped, so I didn’t actually record the last bit of the tune.

Start again…

This time, I created a 4:30 long click track at 76 bpm and then “silenced” the last minute [select the last minute of the track, Generate>Silence] to allow for slowing down in the outro.

I wasn’t able to get a clean recording with my remaining time and 76 bpm is possibly still a bit slow, but I did get a guitar track that I could play with a bit to see how I could manipulate the recording with Audacity. I played around with adding reverb and experimented with other techniques for “fattening up” the sound.

More to come…

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Here is Richard Gilewitz playing Leo Kottke’s version of his song:

(If you care, it’s played in Open D: DADF#AD)

… and now that I’ve watched the above video again, 76 bpm might be a lot slow…

Or not…

It’s interesting how much a tune can change over the years from the time you learn it, if you never refer back to the original.

Video of the Month: Richard Gilewitz

Posted by Brian on 15th August 2011 in Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists, Songs You Should Know, Video of the Month

The second video of the month for August is a tune that’s fun to play and very accessible to fingerstyle players of moderate ability.

Years ago, Richard Gilewitz recorded a tune called “Echoing Wilderness”. I’ve never heard the original, but I’m told that it was eight minutes long. In 1986, Leo Kottke covered the last section of the tune and titled it “Echoing Gilewitz”. In this video, Richard Gilewitz plays Leo Kottke’s version of his own tune.

The tune is in Open D (DADF#AD) and is fairly straightforward. The right hand plays a steady thumb-index-middle-thumb-middle-index pattern, with the thumb playing melody, primarily on the third and fourth strings, and the fingers droning the open first and second strings.  Make sure you let all the notes ring for as long as possible and if you’re playing through an amp, crank up the reverb. Have fun!

Richard Gilewitz’s website: www.RichardGilewitz.com

Richard Gilewitz’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/gillazillamusic