Spider Web Canyon – Scratch Track

Today’s post was written by Paul.

photo of recording studio microphone

Our good friend David Kaynor is in town for Dance Musician’s Week at the John C. Campbell School.

Today, we laid down scratch tracks for 10 original fiddle tunes, eight composed by David and two by Katie.

A scratch track is a live recording that musicians make (typically using one mic and one track) and then the track is used to lay down individual parts using headphones.

With a scratch track, you don’t worry about mistakes as long as you don’t break time.

Usually, a click track is used to keep everyone from speeding up or slowing down. You can hear the click track coming from the keyboard.

I grabbed my Flip Cam to film this scratch track version of the tune “Spider Web Canyon” that Katie wrote for Pap. I wasn’t really thinking about uploading it. I only wanted to capture the moment, but I thought some of you might enjoy this “behind the scenes” look at what will hopefully be a finished recording someday. 🙂

I think it’s a beautiful song, and David is a fantastic harmony player. I apologize for the low light, not to mention the incredibly messy room! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the peek into the recording process that Paul shared.


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    David Strange
    July 17, 2019 at 9:42 am


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    July 8, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Wow that was just so awesome…. I really like that tune, and it was so neat and interesting to see the process…..and the harmony …. 🙂 ,that would be such a sweet wedding dance tune…..

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    Glenn Browning
    July 8, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Excellent! Great melody and appreciate the information about the scratch track.

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    carol roy
    July 8, 2019 at 8:44 am

    I really enjoyed this….fantastic….!

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    Ed Ammons
    July 7, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    My comment is on Youtube.

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    Ken Roper
    July 7, 2019 at 11:23 am

    and Paul,
    I’m sure Pap is so proud of Katie for Honoring him, but the fact that she still plays for him is rewarding. …Ken

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    Amanda burts
    July 7, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Beautiful tune!

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    Donald Byers
    July 7, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Keep on keepin’ on!

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    July 7, 2019 at 7:45 am

    That is something that everyone needs a little practice doing and that’s staying in time with each other ( me included ), this is a good idea and it went very well.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 7, 2019 at 6:41 am

    That’s pretty cool! I guess there is a lot more that goes into a recording than you’d think. It was so nice to see David yesterday, he is one of the really sweet spirits in this world!

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      Wesley P Bossman
      July 7, 2019 at 7:41 am

      fascinating…and it is a beautiful melody…the harmony is gorgeous and I love it! Thanks for the insight. I can’t wait to hear it in its finished form. It reminds me of Ashokan Farewell and is of the same haunting quality. Great music!

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