The technical end of music is kicking my ass!
Who knew?? LOL
I’m getting more advanced in the recording studio. And I’m finding things that are real problems…namely –ME. Mostly I’m working piano and guitar.
So, to start with, my music keyboard is having frequency problems. The friend who is helping me record has better ears than me, and he’s being super nice about it, but he’s steering me in the direction that the keyboard needs to be serviced. I really kept resisting this, but have finally come to the conclusion to put the keyboard in the shop. After all, it’s some years old. It’s had a lot of use and wear and tear. It’s a machine. Machines get dirty, degrade, go out of alignment, etc. There are any number of things that could be made better.
But, golly…I’m such a control freak. I worry soooo much about things being out of my control, out of my hands. Anyway, it’s taken me a couple of days to work up the courage, but I’ll go ahead and put the keyboard in the shop and hope for the best.
Which leads me to guitar work. I had no idea my guitar playing was so bad. I’ve played for years. I thought I was a pretty good rhythm player.
The human ear hears differently from recording devices. So, with that recording device capturing every mistake, every imprecision, every microt of wrong timing, every bad pick movement, etc….
Where do you go from here? I took my guitar work back to the basics. Hold a chord. Make is perfect. Use the pick to pick individual strings, or strum a chord. Make it perfect. Repeat a few hundred times.
I kept saying under my breath…”Wax on, wax off.”
Children of the 80’s will know what that means. –build the basic skills so they are rote.
So, what happens next? Can I work thru these problems, and take my playing to a higher level? Or is this plateau, it? I keep telling myself, there is no law that says I have to play guitar on my own recordings. There are hundreds of other better guitarists out there, and having them play on the audio makes the songs better.
For some reason, this problem has really thrown me for a loop. I’ve really been complaining about it since September or so.
I really hope the musicianship gets better. What if it doesn’t? What if this is it? What if I’m stuck here?
I have to repeat the positives to myself: I am still a pianist. I am still a songwriter. I am a dynamic live performer. I am an entertainer.
Time and experience have proven those things, over and over again. Just because I now realize I am a crappy guitarist, that doesn’t diminish the other facets. And maybe I can make the guitar work better?
I don’t know. This last week, this problem has been like a cloud over my head (like in the Peanuts cartoon), and it’s all-encompassing, and it feels like it brings the rest of the work down to the same crappy level.
So, bottom line: I had no idea my work was this bad. There’s only one way to go: up.