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How to record a zeimpekiko (Greek dance)


HomeStudioProject,how to record a zeimpekiko

In today’s post I thought to do a lesson for you that you like Greek folk music and especially if you are a beginner with home recording.

I will try to explain to you as good as possible ,so you can record as better as you can.

Before you start doing anything ,I suggest to configure the signature and the tempo of your song. Zeimpekiko is written in 9/8 ,but it’s better if you set it 9/4. You can do this with two ways. The first one is from the transport panel. If you are sure that all the bars in your song will be 9/4 and you will not have any changes in the tempo , then you can actually set tempo and signature from your transport panel. If you have a bar that maybe it’s not 9/4 and if you want to increase or decrease the tempo ,then you have to configure all these from the Tempo track. In menu bar – Project – Tempo track and you from there you set your signature and tempo of the song.

As you can see in the pictures below if you double click the little box on the left corner ,you can set the signature time of the song and you can change it in any bar you want and set it back again. On this screen ,you see a bar, and by holding the left click you can move this bar up or down. In Zeimpekiko a tempo to start with is between 58-61 bpm. It depends how fast or slow your song is.

After you have set the signature time and the tempo of your song ,you can start adding tracks in your project. From Project menu – Add track – midi or instrument track so you can record with vst instruments. With the same way, you can add audio tracks. In this example I have chosen 5 midi and 7 audio tracks for guitars, bouzouki, and vocals. Don’t forget: For recording these instruments you use mono tracks.

You can start by recording a guide track,so we can know the structure and it will be easier for the instrumentation. You can record this guide track with a piano ,using a vst instrument like Halion one that comes with Cubase or anything else that comes with your DAW. Also you can record your guide track with a guitar , or whatever is your instrument. Very important: You have to record with your metronome or a click track. I know what you are going to say “ This is the obvious!” Yes,I iknow but I have to remind you ,because I have heard some friends that they can’t record with metronome ,because they aren’t used to.