The One Take Challenge

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  • @tcelliott  7 weeks

    Wire and record a song in which the recording is in one take. That could be an iphone recording or a multi-track mix with each track being the first (and only) take.

    Edited to add: If you often do a one take recording (there are years that I'm almost exclusively one take, hand held recordings) then try improvising a song in one take. Yeah, it's harder than it sounds.

    tag it: one-take

  • @tcelliott  7 weeks

    The idea is that we need to get songs out, let's not focus on the production (for at least one song.)

  • @metalfoot  7 weeks

    Oh goodness, that's like 90% of my stuff! 😉

  • @petemurphy  7 weeks

    This has been all of my demos so far this year.

    As far as improvising, I don't think I'd be able to do it with lyrics, but I might be able to blag my way through something musically (some of the musical sections in my songs this year have been made up on the spot).

  • @timfatchen  7 weeks

    Mine have all been one take straight, or consecutive one-takes where I'm layering. So that's 4 so far! Improvising a song? THe music's fine, but I've never been good at stream-of-consciousness words. Though I can improvise a song with words in front of me. Hmmm. Perhaps I should...

  • @dasbinky  7 weeks

    How about if each of the 23 tracks on my tune is recorded on a single take per track? Does that count?

  • @spunky4455 7 weeks

    one chord one take

  • @onewholovesrock 7 weeks

    Every song I've written the past 2+ years has been recorded as a live one take performance with my phone. I've always enjoyed the writing part of songs. But not so much the recording/production side of things. So, unfortunately I'm losing all my recording/studio skills I've learned over the years. But hey, my live performance skills have greatly improved.

  • @candle 7 weeks

    I used to do only one-take improvisations. I've moved away from that with my use of more instrumentation. But I think returning to my "old way" of recording/writing is something do-able this FAWM. I accept thy challenge sir!

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @cblack  7 weeks

    Threw together a rough, one-take parody song:

    Not entirely happy with it, but eh... It was just meant to be for fun, anyway.

  • @darkmantle  7 weeks

    I haven't done a one take yet, but I don't worry about final production quality. It's usually things like "Shit I missed the bridge" or a pretty bad timing mix up.

    I did plan on doing a one take with my 12 string since it has to be mic'd and do the vocals at the same time.

  • @cblack  7 weeks

    I'm actually contemplating trying a one-take of my keyboard, and going the other direction with it - keys, then add vocals, rather than vocals-then-keys. Might be a bit easier, maybe.

  • @karlsburg25  7 weeks

    This was my intention this year as am travelling around but so far my production instincts have drawn me to create guitar track first then sing separate. I SHALL do at least one, one take this fawm though

  • @sw1n3flu  7 weeks

    Many of my FAWM songs fall under this category.... grab guitar, hit record, let it flow....!

  • @antlion 7 weeks

    here's a one-taker; no effects either (unfortunately?)

  • @alboe 7 weeks

    Here's mine
    Every now and then I do a live take and this was one.
    Usually on my more "produced" songs only the bass is in one take.

  • @alboe 7 weeks

    Sorry double post

  • @sw1n3flu  7 weeks

    Last night's one take:

  • @gordon 7 weeks

    Here's my effort

  • @mikhail 6 weeks

    my one-toke... errr, i mean, one-take:


  • @yam655  6 weeks

    Most of my songs are one-take improvisations. This hear I've been doing a lot of post-processing, (particularly of the intermediary MIDI), so I went ahead and tagged a song that had none of that.

  • @marvsmooth  6 weeks

    I've done this a lot in the past!

    This was on the first take -

    I'm taking part in the "3 in 10" challenge too, which sort of goes in line with this. Link -

    Basically for that I am going to look at a clock, press record, and somehow blag three new songs in that ten minutes completely improvised!

  • @radicalmguy  6 weeks

    Three mics, one take

  • @aprilm 6 weeks

    One take tonight

  • @aprilm 6 weeks

    lol @mikhail

  • @paulhenry  4 weeks



    They're all one-mic, one-take. You can tell, but oh well. . . .

  • @zecoop  4 weeks

    First time doing one-takes! Each instrument was recorded once. I very quickly figured out the basics of each part before, very generally what kind of thing they were going to be doing (since I had played the banjo once before, last year, and never had played the mandolin ever), but only recorded one take each. That was kind of huge for me. Normally it's like 25 take, lol. So there's lots of mistakes in this one. 😀


  • @hazeyjohnii  3 weeks

    Just realised I never posted this here:

  • @ustaknow 3 weeks

    All of mine this year, done this way. Love it!

  • @beautyspot  3 weeks

    I started off with intentions to write songs from pieces and bits created this winter, but just didn't feel it when I started. So most of this years tracks were just made up on the spot.

  • @tcelliott  3 weeks

    Many of mine were, most of the skirmishes were comprised of mostly one takes, but many of them had a second take of vocal or whatnot.

  • @metalfoot  2 weeks

    Probably about 90% of mine were one-takes.

  • @chrishope  2 weeks

    this year many but this one is a pure made up as recorded apart from having the title..its a bit rambly in places

  • @steviez  1 week

    I ended up with 4 or 5 one-take songs, since they're basically demos anyway, and with some of the pauses I use it gets tricky multi-tracking them (I have a process where I put markers on the DAW and have a separate computer monitor set up in my tracking room, but that was a lot of effort for demos 😀 My favourite song I did this year was a one-take - as was my other favourite -

    One of them was recorded on an iPad....I just can't remember which one.....or maybe both of them were.....

  • @leepat  1 week

    does it count if it was the 10th take?
    iphone too!

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