Getting Ready for a Studio Session

Recording is one of the most fun and entertaining jobs that exists. It can seem intimidating but should only be a great experience for you and your team. The following are a few hints that can help you reach the goals you are looking to achieve with your recording.

One of the best things you can do to prepare for your recording session is to have your song arranged and lyrics worked out, so your song is ready to be recorded.  This simply means having the verse, chorus, and bridge if applicable, with the chord changes you want and any transitions you’d like from one section to another. This will help us get the song arranged and charted where our players are ready to play on your song.

Something else helpful is to have a demo (demonstration recording) of your song.  This helps our players and engineers try to achieve the idea and aim in the direction you are looking with your song.

Another tool to bring to the session is an idea of the instrumentation you would like on your song. Sometimes the most magical sound is a piano with a vocal while another powerful example is a full band playing your song.

Finally, one of the best tools you can bring to the recording session is an openness to suggestions by our team. These ideas can be geared toward the arrangement and/or key of the song, along with chord changes and tempo changes that might enhance the song.

These tips will help you have a positive recording experience in our studio with our team. We want you to have a great time in the studio like we do every day.


Phil Naish

Phil Naish

Phil spent 37 years in Nashville working as a keyboard session player while simultaneously evolving into a music producer. He has produced three Grammy-winning albums for Steven Curtis Chapman and played on projects by Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers, and Elton John. As Sweetwater Studios’ executive producer, he acts as a quality control person and ensures that the music coming out of our facilities is top notch. This is especially true whenever he’s playing keys for a client, but it also applies when he’s helping them craft a project, selecting or even co-writing songs so that the music communicates exactly what the artist is wanting to say. In Phil’s estimation, the quintessential album that broke through the most barriers in quality songwriting and production could be none other than Abbey Road by the Beatles.

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