I felt the e-guitar was a bit plodding.
Don’t get me started on that! But if you insist…
If its the lead parts you referring to…well Craig originally played these parts when he was living in London - he’s not a guitarist, but he figured out were the notes were and with some practice managed to play his wee lead melodies himself.
Well, not surprisingly it was pretty lack lustre in terms of technique as you might expect from a non-guitarist. Devoid of any real feel or flare. Later when he returned to NZ and brought the project to me I suggested I perhaps play those parts for him instead. And I’m no great lead guitarist myself of course but I did put down something that I thought had a certain degree of finesse - you know - bent notes, slides etc. Well, long story short he didn’t like what I’d played - he was totally attached to his melody and simply wanted me to play it…exactly - note for note. It was all rather ‘pedestrian’ to my ears but I did my best to try give it some life.
Hoper he paid well for all the effort.
Yup! He’s very good in that regard actually. So many people seem to want the fame and fortune, but on their own terms and usually at no expense to them. I meet youngsters from time to time who express an interest in recording… because they’re REALLY serious about their music career and really want great sounding demos to help them on their way to becoming the next BIG thing - but then when they learn it might actually cost them something to produce they seemingly lose all interest in their passion, commitment, dedication and devotion to their music! i.e. I never heard from them again.
I had one ‘client’ - who never paid. I sent him a final MP3 to sign-off on after numerous tweaks and changes along the way. He made some excuse about deciding that he wanted a mate to play live drums on it and said he would get back to me real soon. I never heard from him again. About 16 hours out of my life unpaid for. I guess the MP3 was all he needed - enough for him to get it up online here there and everywhere. He’s of the generation that probably doesn’t even know what a CD is let alone a .WAV file. Lesson learnt. No final mix, even if it’s just an MP3, until paid in FULL!
Craig, at least puts his money where his mouth is and pays promptly.