I had a recording session yesterday. I don’t do these very often, and I do find them stressful, because of course if I make a mistake it is right there for all to hear, and we have to re-record whatever it is I was playing.
This session was just me. Alone. I first played English horn. I had headphones on, so I could hear the singer and some instruments (Geesh, now I can’t remember if it was guitars only, or something else. How ridiculous is that?), and it all worked pretty well. For a while. With four sharps, left D# (of course!) and playing in the high range. (Later they moved sections down an octave to see if they liked that better and I think that’s what they’ve opted to go with. I did think the lower range sounded more lush for the part.) But … suddenly, going from G# to B was an issue. A key was sticking. Hmmm. It was second key, left hand (do you all call that the B key, as this guy does? I guess it’s called that because that’s the first key open when you play B?), and I thought maybe I just needed to clean the pad. That didn’t help. At all. Finally, after taking the EH up to a repair person who thought he might be able to fix it (he couldn’t), I realized that it was only when coming from the G# key that the key stuck. But if I used the right hand G# key, the key didn’t stick. Figure that one out for me, please. So back to the studio we went, and finished up with EH.
Then we added some oboe tracks. First up an octave. Then down. Then a bit of both, with a few other simple changes thrown in. Now I was hearing the singer, some other instruments, and my English horn via the headphones.
After that I went into the studio to hear what they did with me. Well … I sounded pretty good! I usually hate hearing myself, but this was great. Good microphones, good placement, and ah, that reverb. One can really sound good that way! After hearing it they (including the composer) decided more English horn could be put in in a few more places, so back to recording I went.
Of course now I have to figure out why a key sticks when I use the regular G# and not when I use the right G#. Anyone have an answer for that? Very odd!
But really, it was a great time, even with my nerves. The studio is walking distance from my house, too (not that I walked, since I had a bit to carry). I wouldn’t mind getting to do more work there!