Hey, wanna know a great way to shoot your creativity in the foot?

Use this phrase:

“Let’s think about it…”

One the flip-side, if you want to boost your creativity like a boss, use this phrase:

“Let’s make a decision right now.”

Here’s how that works out in real life:

INSTEAD OF:

…recording 14 tracks of guitar parts because you don’t know which parts make sense for the song…

DO THIS:

Sit down with the guitarist and choose (right now) which parts need to be recorded, and only record those.

INSTEAD OF:

…quickly setting up drum mics so you can start recording as soon as possible…

DO THIS:

Spend time deciding what drum sound you want on the song, and then move the mics around until you get THAT sound.

INSTEAD OF:

…recording a half-finished song, in hopes that you’ll be able to finish writing it WHILE recording…

DO THIS:

Finish writing the song and “live with it” for a few days before you start recording it.

Your brain is a powerful thing, but it can also screw everything up.

Don’t overthink it.

As a musician, I can think of all sorts of recordings I’ve done where I “improvised” a part during one of the first takes, and I end up liking that part better than anything else I sat around and “thought up.”

It’s kinda like jazz.

Jazz musicians are ALL about improvisation.

And that happens by jumping in, trusting your instincts, and going with your gut.

I bet that you’ll like your gut decisions a lot more than you think you will.

If you REALLY want to push the “gut decision” angle, give yourself 1 hour to record and mix a song.

Talk about really pushing yourself.

I did it a year ago, and recorded the whole thing.

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Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner