I'm giving myself the rest of the year to work on that album. I want to put bass and drums and other, primarily percussion instruments in the production including spoons and tambourine. I want to buy a cajon, which is a box that one sits on and has different pitches according to which side the player thumps on. One may use their hands, drum their fingers, or use some sort of drum sticks. A cajon costs a fraction of what a drum set costs-especially a drum kit with with good cymbals- and seems to be easier to learn how to play.
I think I will rent a drum kit from a friend for a month to record on a couple of tracks. I have bought a practice pad and sticks that include a book and CD on drum rudiments. One can listen to the CD and play along and look at the rudiments charts in the book and see how the right and left hand strikes the drum in the proper sequence.
I was thinking about renting brass instruments and doing simple tuba and possibly trombone parts for the record. That would come later on during the Summer, and I would like to take some lessons for that as well. I'm currently taking bass lessons as well as guitar lessons. I take two bass lessons a month and four guitar lessons. I've been having to watch my budget really closely to pay for all of this stuff, as well as the comic book related stuff.
The new book is coming along nicely. I'm on my second month of working on the pencils. I'm almost through the third pass on the pencils. I will go through the book two more times from beginning to end with the pencils, and then I may pick out pages that still need work and go over them one more time. I will then ink the text. I hope to finish up with these phases by the end of March, and then I will move onto the final inking phase. I hope to finish that phase in less than four months.
All this stuff costs money, and the only extensive resource i have is my credit card. But, I don't want to get too charge-happy with that. I try to reserve credit card charges for stuff like music and art projects. I have to eat at home a lot, and I can't get my coffee shop coffee as much as I'd like. I'm really trying to pay down on these big charges every month.