So you’ve got great idea for a new track.
And you’re absolutely determined to make this one a good ‘un.
(The last few have been nowhere near your high standards.)
You’re gonna focus on every single part. Making each tiny detail as good as you can possibly make it.
This will be the one!
But, at first you have way too many ideas. You add and add to your soon to be masterpiece (read: 8 bar loop) until you’ve got enough for about 8 tracks in there.
It becomes a case of working out which parts are the best.
And this takes ages.
Cue boredom (which is what you’ve absolutely got to avoid.)
And when you do finally decide what to keep and what to take out – the track (or more accurately – 8 bar loop) still isn’t good enough.
What started out so good has ended like all the others.
Buried. On your graveyard hard drive.
Time to Start something else?
NO. Absolutely not.
So why finish something that you don’t think is good enough to finish?
The only way of making music that IS good enough…
…is to finish it.
Doesn’t matter what level you’re at.
After I’d been making music for about 10 years I started to think of the process like digging for diamonds.
(Yes – I’m a slow learner!)
I had to get through a lot of dirt to find a gem.
And the only way to find how beautiful the gem really is?
Cleaning it. Cutting it. Polishing it.
And if you’re just starting out?
Get into the habit of practising the whole process to get good at it.
If you’d never baked a cake and you had a dream to become the world’s greatest cake maker – how far do you think you’d get if you only got as far as the cake batter?
You just threw it away before cooking it. Tasting it.
It’s the ONLY way of knowing how good (or bad it is)
You won’t really know until it’s in the bag.
And anyway, often you are the very worst person to make judgement about it’s quality.
A couple of my most successful tracks I didn’t think were even finished until I was told by a trusted advisor!
More on that particular conundrum another time…
How to finish a track you don’t think is good enough to finish
So how do you do it?
One of the most common reasons you will think a track isn’t good enough (apart from a “bad” mood, or feeling tired) is boredom.
Pure and simple.
You’ve heard the darn thing too many times. So the most obvious way to prevent this is not to get bored in the first place!
This is about putting your creative momentum – your speed ahead of perfecting every tiny detail.
And I’ve found that one of the most common places in the process where you will get stuck is moving from the loop to the arrangement.
I call this “Loopitis”. The inability to move onto the arrangement.
So I created this tool – The Instant Loopitis Cure.
It’ll give you a system of creating your parts in an already created framework – using a track you know works really well.
When you use it your arrangements will be better – because they’ll be based on the stuff you love.
It’ll also mean you don’t ever get “stuck in the loop”.
And it will also mean you also start to discover much more (no matter what level of skill you’re at) about how great arrangements work.
No brainer right?
So you can get the download here.
And what about the tracks you’re already bored of?
Well – if you’ve caught Loopitis at any point in your career, you’re sure to have a heap of old unfinished loops and half arranged tracks on your graveyard hard drives.
I’ve created another solution so you can finish those too.
(By the way – you don’t need to finish them all. That can be counter productive too. But there’s gonna be some GOLD on that drive of yours.)
It’s called “The Magic Track Re-Animator”. Click here to get that…
How often have you started track and loved it but scrapped it after working on it too long?
How long does it take before you get bored?
When in your process do you tend to get stuck?