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How Musicmakers CD's are now created

Ron... dreaming of Eb? Ron is often asked how his CD's are made. He uses a technique known as multi-tracking. This was pioneered by guitarist Les Paul and vocalist Mary Ford in the 50's. It was quite unique at the time.

A good example is Ron's 'Tribute to George Shearing' album. The Shearing sound was devised by George Shearing in the 50's and 60's when Ron was playing piano with the John West Group. The band was able to replicate this sound exactly and Ron's Shearing Tribute album is typical of the sound that the Group produced at that time.

So how is it achieved? Ron starts by playing and recording the bass line using his synthesiser and computer. He then plays back the bass track and adds a vibraphone which plays the melody. To obtain the Shearing sound another track then has to be added which is a guitar playing the same melody in unison with the vibraphone but one octave lower. Percussion is then added using synthesiser and computer.

Click here now to hear vibraphone, guitar, bass and drums playing one of Ron's compositions on the album, 'Melody for George' but with the piano missing.

The final piece of the jigsaw is when Ron adds the block chords on the Yamaha grand piano which fills in the gap between the vibraphone and guitar. Block chords are so called because they change with every note of the melody and in line with the song's chord sequence. They are not easy to create because they change frequently. We hope you agree that the final sound produced is easy on the ear. It was certainly very popular when first devised and it still is today.

Click here now to hear the now finished piece on the album with the piano added.

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