In yesterday’s blog post, I railed on the type of folks who are always floundering, waiting on the next piece of gear to come riding in on a white horse and save the day.

Today I’m going to give you a simple tip.

If you follow this tip, I guarantee you’ll get better recordings.

How do I know? Because it has worked every time for me.

I gotta warn you, though. The odds aren’t in your favor. Chances are you’ll read this tip but won’t ever do anything about it.

“It can’t be that easy,” you might say.

“He’s over-simplifying things.”

You shouldn’t just blindly believe me.

I read a lot of books and articles about all sorts of topics. Some of my favorite are business-related stuff. Everybody and their mother has an opinion on how you should run a business, how you succeed.

I don’t blindly believe everything I read.

But what do I do? I TRY IT.

I test it. I see if it works or if it doesn’t. I can read about theories and case studies and research until I’m 90 years old, and it won’t change a thing if I don’t implement any of it and SEE if it works.

That’s what I want for you. Take this tip and just try it.

It will make you better at…

  • recording
  • editing
  • mixing
  • mastering
  • composing
  • arranging

…and the list goes on.

What is it?

What’s the whacky crazy way to get better recordings?

“Finish it.”

(See, I told you it was simple.)

You may have thought I was going to say “set goals and deadlines” or “have a personal mission statement” or even “buy all of my tutorial videos.” :)

Those are all great things, but they won’t do jack diddly squat for you if you never finish anything.

I can practice mixing every day for 6 months, but it won’t really help me if I don’t finish the mix.

If you gave me a choice between spending 6 months on one project or finishing 6 projects in 6 months, I’ll take the finished projects.

Every. Time.

Why? Because finishing a project is the absolute BEST way to learn and get better.

Practice doesn’t make perfect.

Finishing makes you better.

I can’t tell you how much I learn with each project I finish. There’s something magical about being done, putting your work out there in the world, that simply cannot happen any other way.

Those 50 unfinished songs won’t make you much better.

Finishing ONE of them will.

Starting things is easy. Finishing them is the key.

My challenge to you is to dive into that hard drive and hone in on ONE song, one project that you are going to finish SOON.

And finish it.

It’ll make you better, and so will the next one…and the next one.

Make that your motto — “Finish it.”

If you don’t have a project to finish, but you’d like to get better, think about joining Mix With Us. I’ll send you multi-track files to mix.

10 songs. 1 song per week.

One heck of a way to get into the habit of finishing things.

Find out all the details here:

www.MixWithUs.com

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  • gareth

    Hmmm, Good advice but ….

    When / how do you KNOW it is finished ? Striving for perfection I think is a good thing but can get you going in circles ’till you dizzy.

    Personally I set a project deadline (if one isn’t set already) and aim to “finish” a couple of days ahead, so I have a chance to listen properly before it goes out, but I still don’t know that I’ve “finished” anything to my complete satisfaction.

    So, when do you know when to stop and call it finished on personal projects ?

  • Tom Pitman

    Some of the best advice I’ve heard in a long while.
    “And the hits just keep on coming!!!!
    Good job Joe.
    Thanks for all your expertise:)

  • Dave Marriott – Eclectic wonderland studios

    RIGHT ON JOE! I’ve put a lot of hours into some projects recently but you want to know my absolute fav track that I can’t stop listening to? It’s the one where I was so inspired on the spot that I just plugged in the guitar and grabbed the closest mic (just an old hand held Shure condenser that was already plugged into my preamp) and said to my wife “sing this” I sang her the chorus line & set the DAW on loop record over a beat & we just did it on the spot in record time. In my books you can’t beat that moment no matter how good your gear is.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/beltane Xan

    I couldn’t agree more. For me though, this one is a no-brainer as my project has a demanding release schedule that must be upheld. So I always do. Sometimes they is late, but always FINISHED. :)

  • Ralph Feaster

    Git ‘er done!