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Doc Mason

I have been a full time ER Doctor for 34 years. I had since about 1971, been playing guitar and singing. Around the end of 1973, I realized that I wanted to become more proficient after I met a new friend that wrote some of his own songs. We are still best of friends and share our music. In 1985, I was 35 years old, married, the father of five children. when began to start writing songs of my own. After a productive couple of years writing, I recorded 2 "Records" from 1990-1994. Given all the responsibilities, it made it hard to get a career in music going, I put my not to the grindstone. In August of 1996, the new songs suddenly came back, and I had several productive years. I had a pretty good backlog of songs when I decided that in order be able to record them all, I would need to invest in a computer based recording system. So I bought the last top of the line Power Mac G-4s in 2003, and some MOTU digital converters, and set out. It still serves me today. Here's how I do it. As I am preparing to record a song, I will use a small electronic metronome to figure out just where the sweet spot is for me regarding the tempo. That point where I don't play ahead, and I don't drop behind. Then I'm ready. I set my system metronome to the Tempo and Time I predetermined. I record the count. Then I set the auto record, and I'm off, recording my guitar, while singing in my head. Sometime, I absolutely nail it, and then just go back for scratch vocal, such as when I recorded Woody Guthrie's, "This Land Is Your Land." More times than not, I play till I lose my place, then I go back and sing up until where I fell off. Then I auto-punch the guitar back in, incorporating overdub, and proceed thusly until I'm finished. Saving all the way. Afterwards, I call up my bass player who comes in, and lays down his track. I have been singing all of my own harmonies of late, for the sake of convenience and time. Then I often bring in my violinist/fiddler. Also, I know a couple of "Top Hands" who have also added Lead Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, and such. Mostly done via drop box or WAV files from their home recording gear. It is an excellent virtual band at present, ready to Posse up at about six months notice. Virtual is good. I believe in what I have done.