[Perform-talk] Making a CD

josh lester jlestermusic at gmail.com
Mon May 4 23:01:05 UTC 2015

Hi Kaiti!
How are you today?
I recorded a CD, but I had someone else producing it.
I've never used Garageband, and I just recently joined the I-Phone
club two months ago.
Could you please send me the song off list, so I can hear your music?

On 5/4/15, Kaiti Shelton via Perform-talk <perform-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've decided a project I want to try to accomplish in my spare time
> this summer is to independently produce a CD of children's songs.  I
> know a good number of them through my training to become a music
> therapist and I am proficient at using GarageBand.  My mom and sister
> teach pre-school at a day care and have used some awful renditions of
> songs in the past, so I'm hoping to give them a decent CD to play for
> their kids.  I come in and play in person at events we call "Karaoke
> with Kaiti" when I'm on breaks from school, but it would be nice to do
> something for their class.
> I'm just giving the CD to my family members for their classes so the
> mixing and mastering doesn't have to be perfect (though I do know
> basic mixing techniques and have done what I can).  I'm not looking to
> really distribute the CD, but I was wondering if anyone has made a CD
> before and can give me any tips.  So far I have one song that I made
> with GarageBand using the smart guitar, the loops for a shaker, and my
> voice, but if I do a song a week I could have 12 to 16 songs by the
> end of the summer.
> Some things I do not know how to do include changing the tempo.  If I
> want to make the songs dramatic and playful in person I play with the
> tempos a bit, but that's harder to do with the restraints of
> GarageBand.  I also would like to know how to change the phrasing.
> For example, in this song I had a 2 bar intro between each 8 bar verse
> in a strophic form.  I wanted to change the form to 10 bar phrases so
> I wouldn't have to drag and drop parts of the track to bring them all
> together, but that is what I had to do since I was stuck with 8 bar
> phrases.  The finished product sounds fine, but as a lot of children's
> songs repeat the intro frequently throughout the song it would be nice
> to change the phrase length and not have to worry about lining
> everything up exactly.  I should note I'm using the mobile app on my
> IPhone as I only have a PC as my computer.
> Any tips would be appreciated,
> --
> Kaiti
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Joshua Lester
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