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double guitar parts?
Old 30th August 2007
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double guitar parts?

How common is it to double guitar tracks? not harmony, or another guitar part but just a straight double
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extremely
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Ok, when I think of doubled vocals, I can think of a buttload of examples off the top of my head, but when I think of doubled guitar only one or two examples come to mind, is that because guitars mix better with each other than voice, or have I not been paying enough attention to the guitar parts on albums
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Whenever you hear a guitar part that spans wide across the sound stage then it has likely been doubled. Once you learn to recognize the sound you will hear it very commonly on rock records. There's really no other way to get that wide wall of guitar sound that we take for granted these days.

I not only double track guitars on a lot of my projects, I double mic the guitar cab with two very different sounding mics to have even more ability to spread the guitar out. You can do some interesting tricks like put a little delay on one of the tracks and pan toward the middle to add some sense of depth. You can do this with one of the tracks on each guitar part to make the sound bigger or just bring in the extra tracks during choruses for some impact.
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Ok, when I think of doubled vocals, I can think of a buttload of examples off the top of my head, but when I think of doubled guitar only one or two examples come to mind, is that because guitars mix better with each other than voice, or have I not been paying enough attention to the guitar parts on albums

You don't hear it because, usually the parts are tight and it sounds like one big fat guitar. I'd say 99% of the rock you hear on the radio today is at least double tracked.
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Depends on what style you listen to. With heavy metal, doubled guitar parts are a de facto standard, especially rythm parts.
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Getting a big sound has alot to do with what notes you DON'T play. Imagine if you had 3 or 4 guitarists in the band, if they played the same thing as one another you'll get a dull sound. But if you split up the progession and give each guitarist a different part of the progression you'll start to fill the stereo field with excitment.
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