HIDEI posted a quick video to my Facebook page yesterday where I asked two questions. The answers were surprising…but at the same time they weren’t.

The two questions were simply:

  1. What’s something you’re good at?
  2. What’s something you’re bad at?

My answers were that I’m a good guitar player, and I’m really bad at being consistent with anything.

I wasn’t trying to do some super-smart market analysis or anything. I just wanted to encourage people to be honest about both their strengths and weaknesses. But as the comments came in, an obvious thread emerged.

The answers to question 1 were all over the board, which is to be expected, but the overwhelming majority of people had the same answer to question 2. They admitted that they’re bad at finishing projects.

Comment after comment came in where people said they were good at starting projects, or coming up with arrangements or guitar parts, but so many of them said they stink at actually finishing any of those projects.

My favorite comment was this one from David Komel:

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Hee hee hee…

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Today we talk a lot about electric guitars, plus things like small-diaphragm condensers and my songwriting process.




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I’ve answered thousands of questions over the years, many of them on the Ask Joe Podcast. I’ve always been intrigued by how much you can tell about a person by listening to the types of questions he/she asks.

“What’s the right way to mic lead vocals?” is an example of a question that comes from a person looking for a simple answer to a complex topic. They’re looking for a shortcut.

I’m not judging at all. Heck, I love a good shortcut. The problem is that life typically doesn’t offer shortcuts. Anything worth having or achieving usually takes effort and doesn’t come quickly.

Isn’t that how it should be?

Anyway, while I encourage you to ask questions about how to record guitars or how to mix drums, I want to challenge you to ask yourself a question. Ask it often and answer truthfully.

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In this episode I answer your questions about compression, and I make a big announcement about a big giveaway you don’t want to miss out on. Click here for the full details.

I’ve got exciting news. My wife Pam and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary on May 13, 2016.

A lot of fun stuff is happening on that day.

First off, I’ll be releasing an all-knew version of my highly popular Understanding Compression course. There will be a discount and all sorts of fun stuff. More on that later. Understanding Compression 2.0 is going to be EPIC.

But now for the fun part…

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The Problem With Imitation

I’m gonna rant.

Now, this isn’t one of those pointless grumpy old man rants. This is going to be a helpful rant, a rant that will assist both you and me in our journey to make great music.

How It All Started

You might have noticed, I tend to read a lot of business books. Being an entrepreneur and an idea guy, I love feeding my brain new ideas. Or at least, I did.

I would read roughly one business book per week (and by “read” I mean “listen” to audiobooks on the Audible app). Reading business books introduced me to many business experts, some legit and some not. I also followed a lot of online business personalities, bloggers and such.

Between these books and websites and online courses and print newsletters and conferences and mastermind groups, I dove DEEP into this world, learning tons about things like direct response marketing, writing sales copy, lead generation, promotion techniques, etc. The list goes on and on.

Undoubtedly you’ve seen me try various different things here on Home Studio Corner over the years. I’ve created tutorial products, released tons of free videos and articles, launched a few free podcasts and paid videos. Some things work well. Some don’t.

So here’s the thing. Last year I paid to be in a business mastermind group with a bunch of high-level entrepreneurs. I paid a LOT of money to be in this group, in hopes that it would help me grow my business. I learned a lot of interesting things and met some incredible people, but…

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