It was several years ago.

I was working at Sweetwater, selling music equipment.

One of the perks of the job was that we got to take gear home to try it out in our studios. I had some vocal tracks to record, so I grabbed a Rode mic out of the “gear closet” and took it home.

That weekend, I set up the mic and got warmed up to track vocals for a song I was working on.

Mic check. Level check. Hit record and started sangin’.

It wasn’t until I had sung an entire take that I realized something…well…embarrassing.

I had been singing into the wrong side of the mic.


Why do I tell you this silly story? Simple. I don’t want you to be afraid to make a mistake.

You don’t have to have your act together 100% of the time. Mistakes won’t completely ruin your recordings. Clients won’t run away screaming if you make a mistake, even a dumb one.

Heck, you’ll probably learn more and improve faster if you let yourself make a bunch of mistakes.

So, that’s your homework for this weekend. Go make a few mistakes. It won’t kill ya.

If you want to learn how I learned from MY mistakes and how I go about getting vocal recordings I’m tickled pink with, check this out:

Joe Gilder