Merv Mash wrote:
When you have worked with other musicians on your own alboums(TLTW, GTHGA, Chimera) how have you approached composing the parts for the other performers.I've usually supplied them with a demo of the song first, then, in some cases, worked a little bit on the arrangement with them before going into the studio. In all cases though, things are kept resonably flexible during the actual recording to allow some freedom for the musicians to bring something to the table. I act as a producer in the final analysis, encouraging the development of an idea or suggesting a different approach as neccesary.
Have you told them exactly what you want, and asked them to play it. Have you written the part with the musician in mind or have you indicated roughly what you want and allowed the musician to work round it ?