This Is Me

I try to play the music like it’s my own little Mona Lisa. It has to be artistic and there has to be something different that says, “this is me.” – Rich

 

In The Studio

In the studio, the drum part is liquid. Sometimes we’ll hear a demo recording. It could be a guy on his laptop programming everything with a real singer, or it could be a full blown eight piece band. Then I figure out a way to tip my hat to everything that the producer, artist, songwriter, and band sees musically fit, while at the same time leaving my little mark on the song. I try to add something that causes listeners to go, “Oh I think that’s Rich.”

 

Beats Per Minute

CRASH quote of the day: In Nashville the songs usually start with someone strumming a guitar, and the strum pattern is often at a tempo between 69 and 88 beats per minute (BPM). A lot of songs are written between those tempos. So when to practice with a metronome, set it to one of those tempos. A lot of hit songs are in there. With Jason Aldean we have a lot of hits at 70, 71, 74, and 86 BPM. Those are the magic numbers.

 

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