When A Musician Considers Their Strengths and Weaknesses While Recording

Aside from my cat jumping on my piano keyboard one time, I think my cover song of “Love’s a Burden” by Beyond the Black is coming along. Today I kept some things in mind that really helped me stay grounded and stable while recording.

My Music Recording Weaknesses

  • I record for too long without breaks. I don’t really know how long professionals record, but I used to do 5+ hours and it totally stress me out. I’ve cut it down to 2-3 for my own sanity.
  • The fatigue made me too critical of myself. I would be tired and grumpy and that would skew my perception of all the progress I made in several hours.
  • Forgetting that it’s a learning process. So, even though I’ve been using GarageBand since 2013 (and I hope to graduate to LogicPro X soon if it’s necessary), the program has changed a lot and there’s still a lot about music engineering I need to learn. There’s no need to be frustrated when this is a skill that just needs sharpening. I can’t be mad at myself for learning at my own pace.
  • Forgetting to pat myself on the back. This goes with being too critical. Progress is progress. It’s better than nothing at all.

Keeping all that in mind, I was able to enhance my strengths as well.

My Music Recording Strengths

  • I have a good ear. Because of this, I’m able to catch my mistakes and learn more about editing and engineering along the way.
  • I am obsessive, but empathic. Music is more about feeling than it is having perfect technique, perfect rhythm, perfect pitch, etc. All those things help and I strive to meet them, but the feeling of the song isn’t in its perfection.
  • I am developing confidence in my creative process. I have to amend the way I approach a song all the time. Change is the only constant. It’s quite fun to have new ideas pop up and experiment with them. I’m trusting my imagination every time I give it a try.
  • I realize my resourcefulness. There are so many awesome tutorials, plug-ins, and more sources of information that will help me understand GarageBand more and more. I’m not crawling in the dark here and I shouldn’t force myself to do that. The information I need will come to me in time. Remaining open to whatever comes my way gives me hope.

I truly hope any fellow musicians reading this relate and treat themselves with more compassion, give themselves more pats on the back, and take breaks when they need it. Working ourselves to oblivion will actually obliterate the enjoyment that comes with creating music. So love the journey and stop obsessing about the destination.

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