I emailed you a while back about the book Talent is Overrated (affiliate link), and how it explores the fact that the most successful individuals are the ones who have engaged in the most amount of deliberate practice.

One key component of effective practice is feedback.

I wanted to apply this to myself as a musician.

I can practice a song over and over, but how do I get feedback? How do I hone in on the parts that need work?

I could hire a coach, I suppose, but there’s a better option.

(And you and I both have access to it right now.)

It’s the studio.

See, being able to record a performance and immediately play it back for critique it is HUGE.

So I began a rehearsal regimen for myself that involves me playing and singing a handful of songs to a click, then playing the recording back (with the click), and critiquing myself.

What did I discover?

I’m not as good as I thought I was.

First off, my vocal pitch isn’t as steady as I want it to be.

Secondly, my timing isn’t great. Thanks to the click, I can immediately spot all the times I play ahead of the beat.

These are issues I couldn’t discover by sitting on the couch and playing for an hour.

I need that deliberate, intentional time to critique myself.

This applies to mixing, too. When you mix, you get INSTANT feedback through the speakers.

If you can work up the nerve to give yourself an honest critique, you WILL get better.

To learn how to do an honest critique, become a VIP member. Every Friday I post a recorded mix critique, where I listen to a member’s mix and critique it as I listen.

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Joe Gilder
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