Tech Tip:To Click or Not to Click


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The following tips for aspiring guitarists are courtesy of John McCarthy of The Rock House Method, publisher of video lessons for musicians at every skill level.

 

Kelly Monroe, Sacramento, CA

 

 

Q: When recording should I use a click track?

 

A: This is more of a preference thing. I tend to like the band to groove with each other without a click track but some bands swear by the click.

If you don’t use a click you run the risk of speeding up or slowing down the tempo while recording. I like for a song as it gets louder dynamically to speed up a few BPM which you can’t do when using a click.

 

My recommendation is to try recording both ways and see which feels the best for you and your band.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Yours in Music,
John McCarthy
Rock House