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.

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