Guitarist and singer/songwriter Sarah Command is one half of Universal artists Command Sisters. A lover of all things related to music making and production, she is endorsed by PRS Guitars, Martin Guitar and Marshall Amps. Find out more at commandsisters.com
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- 4984 posts since 20 Jan, 2008
I would pick up teletype feeds from WEXL (before we got our own teletype) and rewrite copy for news reports as well handled copy from various other sources. I also went out and did a lot of interviewing with a "professional" cassette deck recorder. (this was the 70's and we had a limited budget) Reported the news... Recorded PSA's (public service announcements) and hosted an hour long show. It was at that time I met future band mates. Brothers, one sang and the other played drums. I was intent on learning guitar so I could join them.
We wrote originals and played covers as well. All very 70's pop rock.
I started going to college to study business but I hated it. Though I did
Through and after High School I worked on several boards both recording and as a sound man. Eventually I expanded my skills to bass, dabbled in keys and experimented with early drum machines. Most notably the LinnDrum
And bought a 4-track cassette deck because I was really getting tired of doing sound on sound. Still I was able to kick out about 4 songs a week which took up all of my free time.
I also studied Jazz at Wayne State but dropped out in my second year.
In the 80's I went to RID to study recording engineering where I learned valuable lessons like this...
After playing with the big boy toys it was disheartening to go back to my home studio of which I was quite proud of.
From there I went to Florida with the goal of saving money to go to GIT (which I never did)
I picked up gigs at local studios in the Fort Myers area on a session by session basis. It was $60 an hour and the work was always hit or miss. I never got to touch the boards but I did get to clean and calibrate the heads as well as set up rooms.
All those years even during high school I cooked for my main income. I stated to sit in on jazz and blues jams around town and tried then eventually succeeded in getting paying gigs as a studio musician. We mostly catered to commercials for local business (tire stores, pawn shops, etc) The producers rarely scored the music in notation. We'd get straight Roman Number chord charts or Nashville Number (depending on the producer) and with only slight introduction work our way through. These were always borderline copyright infringement variations of songs It was then I aquired GAS. The "right guitar look" insured the studio date. I had to work more so I could afford more guitars so I could work more. All along the work was still intermittent and I didn't stop cooking because that's what put bread on my table and a roof over my head. After 5 years I had 100 guitars. Once I finally figured out that I'd never live out my dream of being a big time studio musician making big bucks in LA..... I went back to Detroit.
Back in Detroit I was cooking and... played in a classic rock Blues band.... Hit'n'Run and cooking. Then I had the grand plan to open my own studio. Sold the lions share of my guitars. Bought way to expensive gear with money I didn't have. It bombed and I carried the debt because I was stupid about setting up a business. My master was to CD Yamaha PDS audio recorder costing $35,000 in 1990 not including all the other stuff required to transfer data and control it. People weren't interested in anything else. Now everyone is a producer
Reel to Reels made way to Hard Disk recorders, and then DAWs. CD's made way for internet friendly formats. Drum Machines made way to LaunchPad Pro. Keyboards made way first to "midi guitar" then to button guitar and now to the Linnstrument. Amps changed, effects changed.
Drum machines made way for LaunchPad Pro. My standard notation reading ability has dwindled significantly enough that I'm starting from scratch and learning on the linnstrument. The only thing that has remained is Guitar GAS and cooking.
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