I don't know about the rest of you guys, but when I play, and when I record, I get guitar ADD and improv little bits here and there. Even when I'm recording, I can't help myself but chuck some accents in if the mood strikes me. I think the little bullshit bits that I throw in are part of my guitar sound.
The problem is, that when I go to doubletrack an actual 7-ish minutes of music, I have a hard time recreating the accents, and halfway though decide that I want more accents. It's not really intentional, it's just how I play. The more I get into what I'm playing, the better I play and the more apt I am to do odd shit like harmonics, slides, bends, etc. If I sit in a chair and try to robotically recreate the first track's take, I inevitably play like shit, and recording becomes a lot less fun.
I know that overall, you really do need to layer rhythms and the real answer here is for me to just get over it, but for now I'm having a shitload more fun arranging stuff for my album and playing my face off without worrying about being spot-on perfect for the first rhythm guitar so that I can be spot-on perfect for the subsequent layers.
That said, what are the usual tips/tricks for getting a bigger sounding rhythm with just a single track? I think I could probably beat Drew and Vince to the punch in their little album bet if I don't spend hours and hours being Mr. Roboto with my playing and just let it rip. Since I'm arranging drums, writing basslines, and really re-learning how to properly record, I want to keep it fun.
Here's an example. I posted this in the mod forum but I'll throw it out here.
This arrangement is an absolute mess - I wasn't actually writing anything, I just randomly dragged a few DKFH tracks into Reaper and was sliding shit around more for time rather than measures and fills, so the drums are definitely not even remotely close to correctly aligned.
While I was dialing it in, I figured I'd just play some bullshit guitar track on top of it and improv it so that I could just get an idea of what my drum mix would sound like. So this improv is also sloppy, off-time and not entirely in tune. I also had to eyeball the actual track levels to see where the changes would be, and to make matters more of a sound-clusterfuck, I improved a bad bassline behind it that in no way, shape, or form matches 90% of what the guitar is doing.
I'll arrange this properly, and clean up the playing, but man, what a fun minute and a half of guitar playing. Most of it I can arrange close enough to doubletrack (it's not even a "song" per se, it's just whatever I felt like playing over the drums), but the little taps/hammers/harmonics, I think they add life to it and trying to DT all of them would end up with off-phase sounding crap.