I read this the other day, and it stuck with me.

I forget what book I was reading (I read a lot of books), but somewhere recently I read this quote:

“You can’t buy elbow grease.”

(Sounds like something I’ll say to my kids when they’re teenagers, right?)

But seriously.

Do you believe that you can buy elbow grease?

Do you (deep down below the surface) secretly believe that your studio issues could be solved with the right purchase?

Heck, I know I think that sometimes.

“If I just get this new guitar, my tone will become dramatically better.”

Sure, a new guitar can offer an improvement in tone, but as they say, “The tone is in the fingers.”

And no amount of money will make my fingers better.

That’s on me.

I’ve gotta spend time playing, learning, playing, learning.

I’ve gotta try new things if I want to improve.

And I’ve got to work at it.

Good old-fashioned elbow grease.

Same thing applies to your studio.

You could buy a $20,000 pallet of awesome gear, but unless YOU are better, the gear won’t help nearly as much as you think.

I can sell you a bunch of tutorial videos, too, but if you don’t take what you learn and spend time applying it, they won’t help.

No matter how you slice it, cowboy, it’s YOUR responsibility to make YOU better.

I’m here to help (and to make it a bit easier for you), but it’s ultimately up to you.

That’s why Dueling Mixes exists. Add a little elbow grease, and listen to how much better your mixes sound.


Joe Gilder
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