We asked our followers what their pro-tips, music goals and new year’s resolutions are to make this the year of music, and we’ve had some great and helpful answers. So here is our official guide to 2018!
1. “Make time for making more music!” – Aaron H-W.
It’s true! Sometimes you need to make time, to make time, for making music, you know? If you’re too busy to actually play music, there are other things you can do while you’re out and about. Spending a lot of time on the bus? Plug your headphones in and listen to something that inspires you. Or if you have a smart-ish phone, just open up Youtube while you’re on your way home, and watch an Ableton Live tutorial, a guitar video or a live performance. This way you’re already making time to make time, and you’ll be making more music without even trying…in no time!
2. “Practice every day, even if you can only manage 10 minutes. It produces better results than less frequent, longer sessions.” – Matt H.
Sometimes hours go by and and you don’t know how long you’ve been playing for, and other times days go by and you realise you haven’t played your instrument or gone back to your mix all week. So even if it’s just for a few minutes here and there, just play along to a record before you do the dishes, watch the next episode of Stranger Things, or whatever all the other weird things people do are.
3. “Master the Kazoo!” – Phil F.
Well, maybe this wasn’t 100% a serious comment, but this person makes an important point regardless! Why not try something new, and experiment with weird sounds that might inspire you in strange ways. Explore your weirdest plug-ins, for example, check out Molekular in Komplete 11 and morph your new Kazoo sound in to something celestial. It might seem ridiculous at first, but you’re one step closer on your quest to finding the new sound and changing the way you think about music.
4. “To maybe actually finally get a new computer/ setup and start creating again. 💔” – Tim F.
It’s true that it’s hard to get back in to it after taking a break or the untimely death of a laptop. Starting your setup from scratch sounds like it’s going to hurt your bank account, but it doesn’t have to cost you the world to start from square one anymore, with budget friendly recording packages, you can get everything you need in one.
You can even get started without a computer with the GarageBand app on your phone. When you’re ready to get your home recording set up, you’ll already have your ideas down!
5. “Write a list of all of the things you want to be able to do, then work on each one a day at a time. Then look back at what you’ve learnt and achieved” – Robyn W.
Any excuse to write a list! But looking back at your progress is actually an amazing shout. Nothing motivates you more than knowing you’ve gotten somewhere. It is great to have goals and even better to reach them… and crossing something off a list is just so satisfying that it is motivation enough to do something!
6. “Listen to something new and discover more music.” – Lucy R.
It is great that there is probably more music being made than ever before, and there’s an endless supply of new music to discover on music blogs, Bandcamp, Spotify, your local record shop or your live music scene. You can even do it the lazy way: with Spotify algorithms you can literally let the machine dig in to your brain and do all the hard work for you.
7. “Change your strings!” – Will B.
Hold on, stay with us. This might sound like a boring chore, and unless you’re some kind of magician, it’s just going to takes ages and you feel like you might be risking your eyesight. But change your strings regularly, become good at it, and your guitar will be happy in 2018!
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