So currently I am working on a cover of Slayer's South of Heaven. I pretty much have all the solos lined up and ready to go and the rhythm parts were not difficult at all. There are a couple things that I really need to grasp when it comes to recording. First and foremost I want the quality of the audio to be super good in the context of the equipment I'm using. I just want to be careful of eliminating strings ringing out over distortion and any feedback issues.
The other thing is that South of Heaven has two solos which is a first time for me in a Youtube cover, I'm used to just a simple one solo and breakdown in addition to the chorus, intro, and verse parts that are pretty standard in any metal track. As any musician knows, recording is crunch time and since all my covers are in one take, it takes numerous takes where I am fully recording video and audio until I get it just right.
On my cover of The Trooper by Iron Maiden I might have gone through 15-20 takes in one sitting. I learned a valuable lesson that its better to do a lot of practicing before recording and minimize on the number of takes. I am kind of new to learning songs at a quicker pace and I hope that I can keep pace with doing one cover a week and hopefully it will only make my playing better.
Cheers guys and check out some of posts in the cover forum for links to some of my better Youtube covers.