You know what they say, just because you CAN do something doesn’t necessarily mean you SHOULD.

There’s a common thread I see in the home studio world. A lot of home studio owners are musicians themselves. They record their own music. Sound familiar?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a bunch of different hats in your home studio. That’s what I do on a daily basis. One second I’m belting out a lead vocal track, the next I’m comping, editing, and mixing the song.

And I’ll admit, I’ve got this idea in my head that people will be REALLY impressed with my music if I perform every single part. All the guitars, all the vocals, bass, drums, etc.

Is it impressive to be the “one-man band”? I suppose it is to a degree. But is it best for the music? Probably not.

The reason? I’m not a bass player. I’m not a drummer. I’m not a female vocalist. I’m not a lead guitarist.

I’m capable of playing a bass part. I can program a drum beat. I can try to sing falsetto. I can fake my way through a lead guitar part.

And I’m sure it would sound okay.

However, if a REAL bass player, drummer, female vocalist, and lead guitarist were to play on the song, they would produce much better performances because they are operating within their strengths. A bass player thinks like a bass player. I don’t.

Now, of course there are exceptions. If you’re as talented as Dave Grohl, then yes, you can play every instrument on the album, and it will be amazing.

The rest of us, though, need to realize that we have both strengths AND weaknesses. You should certainly focus on getting better in your areas of weakness, but know when to pick up an instrument and when to hand it off to a better candidate.

Comment Time

So, what are you going to do differently on your next project? How are you going to “outsource” your areas of weakness to make your project sound MUCH better? Leave a comment and let us know.

I’ll go first. On my current album, I used all programmed/MIDI drums. They sound pretty good, but on my next record I’m going to book a studio and hire a real drummer.

Okay, your turn. I’ll need 15 comments before I post again.

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