One Thing That Could Change EVERYTHING

Remember a big goal that I set for myself several weeks ago?

I wanted to write 50 songs in 12 weeks. That comes out to roughly one song per weekday.

It’s an aggressive goal, but it’s not ridiculous.

Unless, of course, you don’t maintain your daily commitment to writing.

That’s what happened to me.

My 12 week deadline is less than two weeks away. At the end of last week, I had only written 23 songs. In the last week, I’ve written 13 more, bringing my total to 36. On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I actually wrote eight songs.

Why am I telling you this?

How to Kill a Paper Monster

Here’s a piece of advice.

If you really want to accomplish nothing in your studio, focus all your attention on unimportant things like setting your studio up as an official business.

I get these questions all of the time. People want to know what steps they need to take to become an official business. They want to set up a business license, form an LLC, and understand all of the tax implications.

What’s my response?

I tell them that if their goal is to make money from their studio, then the only thing they should focus on is THAT – making money from their studio.

A Walking Fool

I took my car to the mechanic the other day for a recall repair. They said it would probably take three to four hours.

I had my laptop with me and had planned to simply stay at the dealership and do some work. I found a comfy chair, sat down, and realized that the free wifi wasn’t working.

At this point, I had two options.

I could either call my wife to come pick me up or I could walk a half mile to a nearby restaurant and work from there. I decided to walk.

As I was walking, I realized how silly it seems.

A few hundred years ago, no one would think twice about walking several miles to get somewhere. Today, if it’s more than a block or two away, I will almost think of it as impossible to get there without a vehicle.

Ask Joe #99 – Your Fake “Paper” Business


This week I talk about something that I hear a lot of people struggling with – how to set up their own recording business. Got good news and bad news for ya during the rant section of the podcast. Enjoy!

Plus I answer some great questions about things like learning from audio theory from books, getting your mixes to translate on an iPod, how to mix string sections, using external clocks for your digital gear, what to buy next for your studio (!), and blurring the lines between recording and mixing.

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I’m Not Playing Around

When we moved into our house a year ago, it came with a pretty cool play set in the backyard (slide, swings, etc.).

Since we have three kids, we were very excited.

Upon further inspection, we found that this play set wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The wood is rotting in most places. You can’t swing on it without worrying about the whole thing collapsing completely. It looks like we will have to either spend a good chunk of money to have it replaced or buy a new one altogether.

Sound familiar?

I’ve heard it a thousand times.

John Mayer was right

Remember that John Mayer song with the line “I’m bigger than my body gives me credit for”?

I used to think he was a pretty arrogant guy because of that line, but I realized recently that he’s kind of right.

When you don’t think you can do something, chances are you won’t be able to do it.

If you think you’re small, you’ll act small.

That Pesky Armhole

Have you ever tried to get a nine month old dressed?

It’s almost impossible.

As you may recall, my wife and I have a three year old boy and twin nine month old girls.

It has been a few years since I had to dress a toddler, and it can be so frustrating. The most frustrating part? Those pesky, little armholes. It’s almost like humans are hardwired to not put their arms through the armhole until they are at least two years old. They fight with all of their little might to try to help me get their arms through the hole of the t-shirt. Somehow, though, they just manage to make it worse.

I remember when my son Owen was able to put his arms through the armholes for the first time without incident. It was a day of great rejoicing at the Gilder household.

A lot of us are like toddlers when it comes to working in the studio. If we can’t do something that we want to do we get angry and frustrated, perhaps we even try to force it to happen. There’s something to be said for experimenting and trying things out, but a big part of your journey is going to be simply trying and failing, learning along the way.

However, there are some things you don’t know how to do.

That’s okay.

Those things can be learned.

That is why I created my VIP membership.

As a member you’ll learn things like:

* how to program MIDI drums
* how to mix drums
* how to record background vocals
* how to mix a song in 15 minutes
* how to record a great sounding guitar/vocal track

…and much more.

To get started and to finally put an end to some of that frustration head over to

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

P.S. I just posted the final video of a 4-part series on recording and mixing a simple guitar/vocal song. I gotta admit. I know I’m biased, but this song sounds incredible. To see the whole process from start to finish, become a Viper by clicking the link above.



Little Prick

My wife Pam went in for an allergy test the other day.

She’s been having some wicked asthma, so we figured it was time to actually do something about it. If you didn’t know, one of the things they do at an allergy test is put a bunch of little pin-pricks in your arm (both arms actually) and use those pricks to test to see what you are allergic to.

It’s such a primitive way of doing it, but it apparently works.