Making music is scary.

The first time I sang a solo, I was 5 years old. I walked out on the stage to sing my rendition of the “Winnie the Pooh” theme song. And I saw all those people out there (it seemed like millions of people).

The music started, I took a breath and began singing.

Except, for some inexplicable reason, I started singing an octave lower than I was supposed to.

So instead of cute little 5-year-old Joe singing a sweet song, I sounded like I was trying to do my best Johnny Cash impression.


After many tears, my mom convinced me to go back out and sing it again.

And I rocked. 🙂

Have you ever had that “deer in the headlights” moment?

It happens more often than you might think. And it doesn’t even have to involve an audience.

Nope, you can have a deer-in-the-headlights moment in your studio, all by yourself.

It happens every time you fire up a new mix and don’t know where to start.

Or when you sit down to track a guitar part and don’t have a clue what to play.

Or when your bass player comes over to lay down some tracks, and you can’t seem to give him any direction at all.

We’re scared to make decisions, because we don’t want to make the wrong one. We don’t want to be embarrassed.

So we freeze.

Or more accurately, we procrastinate.

Instead of diving into that mix, we re-organize the tracks and try out a new color-coding scheme.

No, no, no, no, NO.

You gotta fight this.

Decide on what’s the most intimidating task on your plate right now, and attack it.

It’s like I always tell my VIP members, I work really hard to put a TON of great content in the members area (short, weekly videos, weekly mix critiques, an archive of hour-long VIP sessions). But you don’t have to watch every single video to get real value out of your membership. In fact, I would rather you pick ONE 10-minute video per month, watch it, then go apply what you learned…than you watch every single video and never apply anything and see improvements in your work.

One great way to freeze up and avoid work is to “study” too much.

Don’t fall into that trap.

Yes, you should be a VIP member.

Yes, it’s an insane value at only $10/month.

But it’s only valuable if you use what you learn to make amazing music.

That’s how it works, my friend.

We’d love to have you as a member.

Join here:

I’ll do my best to help you get INSANELY better.

Joe Gilder
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