A few weeks ago I wrote about how you’re not too busy for music.

Here’s a reply to that email from David:

“I have an 8 month-old daughter and for the first several months, I fell into the, ‘well, I just have no free time’ camp. All progress on my musical hobbies (and all hobbies in general) completely stopped. 

Thankfully, I’ve realized (as you stated in your email) that I DO have time, I just have to make it a priority. For the last couple of months, I’ve been getting up an hour early to help my wife get our daughter ready for the day. When they leave, I’ve got 30-45 minutes of ‘spare’ time before I have to head to work. It’s not enough to dive into a recording session, but I can at least review some mixes or brainstorm ideas for when I will have a few dedicated hours to record.”

In my reply, I pushed him to take it a bit further:

“Suggestion: you COULD pull off a recording session. Here’s how: before you go to bed one night, take 5-10 minutes to set up the mic, headphones, etc. and anything else you need, create tracks in your DAW, etc. Then when you have 30 minutes the next morning, sit down and bang out a few takes. If it’s a 4-minute song, you could easily get 2-3 takes in a half hour. 

Give it a shot. :)”

A few days later, David emailed me. At 6:04 am he was in his studio, getting stuff done.

He made use of the full 45 minutes he had to work on a song.

He said it was awesome to be able to keep the momentum and creativity flowing from one day to the next.

David is (in my opinion) a rock star. He’s not letting excuses keep him from pursuing music. And he’s also not neglecting his family or responsibilities. He found that happy medium, where he can work on music almost every day.

You don’t need 4-hour blocks of time to get anything done in your studio.

Longer sessions are great, but in between them find those hidden opportunities in your schedule to get in the studio and make something happen.

Maybe your first session could involve simply setting up a mix session for this month’s song over at Dueling Mixes.

Get rolling here:

www.DuelingMixes.com

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

  • Danny Moore

    Well done David and good advice Joe. I average about an hour a day max on my music and find that I can if I organise myself, I get stuff recorded, mixed and finished. This year I have completed an album of completely new stuff (out in April), re mixed and remastered another album of old material I recorded years ago and got it finished last week and am half way through another album of new material. I keep all my ideas and progress for each idea/song/track/edit/mix/master in a notebook, similar princlple to Joe’s whiteboard. I even sometimes just spend my hour nerdily playing around with a plugin or virtual instrument to see how it works.
    Cheers Danny