So recently, I wrote and recorded a song using just the OP1, my voice, and something to write down the lyrics, chords, and scribbled instructions to iterate the song and guide my next takes.
I am not a good singer, the piano is not my instrument, but I aim to learn more about writing songs with lyrics. No aspirations to be a vocalist performance. My gut is that the constraints of just the OP1 and voice will organically teach me a lot. And I can tell you I have already learned a lot. For instance – the impact of chord voicings.
So I am going to keep doing this. Given that, any tips for better vocal tracks for non-vocalist?
A couple of things that helped:
- I “passed the ball” between the piano and my voice quite a bit to compose and refine the melody
- Having the piano as a partner in my ears to lead me on melody helped
- Using low registers on the piano for simple bass helped define the chords
- Using the pattern sequencer with the piano helped to work out the chord voicings
- Also used my voice at times to chant “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and” to keep the rhythm straight
I have to wonder if I should also try using my voice on the synth sampler to record the best straight pitch of my own voice, and harmonize with that.
Anyway, any tips?
P.S. This also has cemented the OP1 as my primary tool of interest musically for right now. FWIW, it’s been very therapeutic to work with the OP1 in my car for an hour at the same time every weekday morning. It’s part of forgetting about the cares of the world, getting out of the house, and getting better at something.