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These are my thoughts on making music and making music thoughtful:
Without emotion, music is just math. Numbers don't move the soul. Move me.
Finding good answers to your music-making questions can be frustrating. I'd like to share my answers to common questions in hopes that it helps you and your music get to the place you want to be, sooner rather than later.
The recording stage of the process is critical because that's when we actually get to make music. Sometimes small changes make a big difference in getting the results you want.
Unplug to rediscover your song’s core vibe. It's not uncommon to spend a lot of time and effort building out a full production of a song only to scrap it all and go back to its roots. We can become unable to hear that the song was already there, and it was working quite well before we buried it underneath too many well-intended ideas.
Here are 5 musical routines you can implement throughout this new year to help generate and finish more of your song ideas while staying better prepared to record and release them to your audience.
Develop a creative workflow and then find technology that will compliment your process, not complicate it. Remember that the level of quality in our music has to be preserved by the songwriters and the musicians, not the tools.
When used wisely, technology can be an incredibly effective tool for creating new music but it can also become the biggest hurdle in creating music that still feels musical. There must be a balance between efficiency and originality. We need to find tools to enhance our creativity, not to restrict, and certainly not to replace our creativity.
While we have plenty of musical heroes we look up to, there isn't any superhero who fights crime with their guitar or drum kit, is there? Maybe there should be, but until we think of one I'll present these lessons learned from some of our favorite superheroes and apply them to the music-making process.
When you listen back to your recorded performances, you'll quickly find that recording what you play can push you to develop new skills and sharpen the ones you already have to improve how you play to grow as a musician. If you want to get better-sounding recordings you have to practice recording your music.
You can be much more proactive about how your fans will hear, remember, and share your music simply by providing them with a decent recording to view, download or stream. This recording can come in several flavors and you can certainly scale your recording efforts to match your budget and immediate goals.