I'm new into recording and have been reading a bit about theories and techniques, opinions, tricks, etc. But something dawned on me just the other day that I can't really say I've heard as an approach to learning this art. What about good old fashion copying? Now I say that with the utmost respect as it is the highest form of flattery, right? After all, I (and I'm sure most other guitarists) learned to play, to a large degree, by throwing on their favorite album/cassette/CD and learned a particular song or riff or what have you. So why couldn't that translate into the recording realm? I listen to The Beatles A LOT and just love how their recordings sound so it would only seem to reason that I dissect them (as much as possible) and try to mimic the techniques and sounds. I do understand that the equipment and settings that I own or am exposed to will probably never be the same or as good as what they had/have, but still, in my opinion that really isn't much different than me hammering out Iron Maiden tunes back in the mid 80's with my Hondo guitar and 10watt Dean Markley amp. You could say that the achievable results perhaps aren't necessarily as important as what could be gained in term of experience with the journey. If I can record a song, let someone listen and they respond with, "kinda sounds like The Beatles"...then I personally would be happy. To me, it's a bit like cooking. I went through culinary school years ago and they teach you what spices go with what, different techniques for cooking meat, veggies, starches, etc. But it's really not until you get in there and get 'dirty' that your palate really understands how it all comes together. So with recording/engineering, I'm not saying to dismiss the theoretical aspects, I'm just speaking of a different angle/approach. This is all in the name of learning BTW. That's not to say that I want to be The Beatles or make everything be just like them, but it's just another feather in the cap of abilities. To this day I could play on my guitar to you "Two Minutes to Midnight" or "Michelle" and they'd both sound really close to the original, so why not try to do the same with recording? Thoughts?