The Problem With Imitation

The Problem With Imitation

I’m gonna rant.

Now, this isn’t one of those pointless grumpy old man rants. This is going to be a helpful rant, a rant that will assist both you and me in our journey to make great music.

How It All Started

You might have noticed, I tend to read a lot of business books. Being an entrepreneur and an idea guy, I love feeding my brain new ideas. Or at least, I did.

I would read roughly one business book per week (and by “read” I mean “listen” to audiobooks on the Audible app). Reading business books introduced me to many business experts, some legit and some not. I also followed a lot of online business personalities, bloggers and such.

Between these books and websites and online courses and print newsletters and conferences and mastermind groups, I dove DEEP into this world, learning tons about things like direct response marketing, writing sales copy, lead generation, promotion techniques, etc. The list goes on and on.

Undoubtedly you’ve seen me try various different things here on Home Studio Corner over the years. I’ve created tutorial products, released tons of free videos and articles, launched a few free podcasts and paid videos. Some things work well. Some don’t.

So here’s the thing. Last year I paid to be in a business mastermind group with a bunch of high-level entrepreneurs. I paid a LOT of money to be in this group, in hopes that it would help me grow my business. I learned a lot of interesting things and met some incredible people, but…

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The Stubborn Two-Year-Old Technique

In case you’ve lost track, my son Owen is now two years old.

Since I work from home, we Gilders tend to get a little stir-crazy. Needless to say, we try to get out of the house as much as possible.

And that means LOTS of trips to the park.

Now that Owen is a little bit older, he pays a lot of attention to the other kids around him, especially the older kids. He’ll watch them play for a while, and then he’ll go imitate what he just saw.

He’ll see a kid jumping on a little bridge. Then, with a big smile on his face, he’ll run over there and try to do the same thing.

It’s pretty fun to watch.

But there’s a problem.  (more…)

You’ll Never Learn

My new friend Eric Block said this to me the other day:

“Knowing how to use a word processor and knowing how to write are two very different things.”

Imagine you’re an aspiring writer. You sign up for a class to learn how to become a better writer. But as it turns out, the class is all about how to use a word processor. Bummer.

Or maybe you’re an aspiring fisherman. You take a fishing class…but all they teach you is how to drive the boat.

Those examples are ridiculous, of course, but you know what? A lot of home studio folks do the same thing.  (more…)

Stop Reading This Website

Where the rubber meets the roadAn HSC reader over in the UK contacted me for an interview. He’s working on a school project about the music industry and wanted to chat with me about home recording technology and how it’s impacted music as a whole.

During the course of the interview, James was asking about the types of people who visit this website, and what they’re goals and intentions are with recording. As we talked about you, dear reader, James asked an interesting question. He asked if I thought that learning about recording, researching techniques, reading articles, watching videos, etc. could potentially inhibit people from getting better. The answer? Absolutely. (more…)