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Old 11-28-15, 12:57 PM   #1
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For a long time I always wanted to create music. I put alot of money into software and equipment and I still have a passion for it. But I struggle to stay productive and create something I can be satisfied with that I can take to the studio.

I always have an idea and it itches me to get started. Once I start a project I get into the groove. But then I get impatient and rush the pieces together. I'd take more time if I found the right sounds but I can never find exactly what sounds in my head. So once I complete a project I'll hang onto it but eventually I end up deleting it. It's just what I'm used to doing now. I'll work on something to stay occupied and pass the time it's also my way of "jamming" even though I do it electronically. But I never stay satisfied in the end. My ultimate goal is to make a demo that auditions my voice because I have an aspiration to become a vocalist so I compose electronic music to back me up. Sometimes I feel the need for an extra musician that can perform in real time that may have better ideas and even jam space for us to practice. But it's way too hard where I live and it's a dead area.

I don't know what to do. I really struggle with this and it's one of the only things that distract me from feeling depressed or bored.
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Old 11-28-15, 01:14 PM   #2
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Hello.
Have anyone ever heard your music such as a friend or stranger? If they like it you could maybe like it a little bit more and not delete it. Maybe get them to tell you what you need before it's perfect.
Maybe upload it to youtube? I mean.. I would love to listen to your music and see how it is (:
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Old 11-28-15, 09:38 PM   #3
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I'm afraid of my music being stolen I wouldn't even trust my closest friend's with a copy of unfinished material. Even if it's not their intent they might send it to other people and other people might try to steal it I just don't trust anyone. Sure I can upload it to youtube but people can also Youtube-Mp3 videos. But thanks I know what your saying and maybe I can play it for someone in person that might help.
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Bring a writer myself, I can relate to the frustration you feel when you get that piece of inspiration to start on a project only to lose interest halfway through and end up rushing through it, if only to get it done, but the best I have found in situations such as that is when you start to get frustrated/impatient or lose focus, is to just stop work on it entirely and take a step back from it, be for a day or two, a week or even a period of several months; that way you have a cool down period where you do not feel like you are rushed and feel the need to complete it just to get it out of the way.
A break, no matter how long it is, gives you time to sit back back and relax and think about your next move, what you want to accomplish and wait for that spark of creativity and/or inspiration to come back to you before you start work on it again. That way, you always ensure that what you are working on comes out just as you would like and reflects the work you put into it without losing in the heart and soul of your work and the song/music sounds fresher and better than if you just continually worked on it without any lack of motivation.
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Maybe have a couple of projects on the go at the same time and then as 1 slows and you struggle with it then rebirth one of the others and see if you can add to that one while you rest the other, maybe have 3 going and rotate them till you get one finished
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haha, I felt so special and unique when I started this as a hobby in high school. Now everyone and their mom is trying to produce music. The industry is so oversaturated... it's like, what's the point?

I can relate to your frustration. You sound like a perfectionist. I have over a hundred unfinished projects that I'll probably never get around to. Finding the right sounds and mixing is a pain in the ass. And I don't know about you, but usually I end up changing my song so much in the process that I could've made 10 different songs instead.

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Maybe have a couple of projects on the go at the same time and then as 1 slows and you struggle with it then rebirth one of the others and see if you can add to that one while you rest the other, maybe have 3 going and rotate them till you get one finished
yeah, this is what I used to do. Worked pretty good for a while.

Also, I understand your fear of having your work stolen. But if you want to make a career out of this, you gotta put your work out there at some point. It's the only way you'll get exposure and learn about where you can improve. Feedback is really important because our ears tend to be very biased when it comes to our own work.

It's hard to stay committed to a hobby like this. Not to mention it's expensive as hell. I lost the drive for it and went on a 3 year hiatus, lol. I plan on getting back into it soon, but who knows. It might be too late for me. Good luck man!

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I can relate in a way. My hobby is cycling/cross training. I have been doing it for years and for years I was 100% dedicated to it. I was constantly pushing myself beyond what I thought I could do both on and off the bike but for the past few years I have been struggling with it. My time spent on the bike (riding) and off the bike (cross training) has consistently been getting less and less and here latley, I've had times where I didn't ride at all for months and I rarely do any cross-training any more. Problem is I still enjoy it and want to do it but I just don't have the desire to make my legs burn with squats or make my lungs seeth on a hard and long ride or climb anymore.

My rides these days consist of short and moderate 12-15 milers instead of 40, 50, 60+ hard milers and my off the bike cross-training is just stretching and some yoga.

Funny how for some of us that our view and desire towards what we love to do can take such a dramatic change.
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My rides these days consist of short and moderate 12-15 milers instead of 40, 50, 60+ hard milers and my off the bike cross-training is just stretching and some yoga.

Funny how for some of us that our view and desire towards what we love to do can take such a dramatic change.
yeah, it's unfortunate. I remember how annoyed I used to get when people would suggest that my interest in music was "just a phase." But maybe they were right. I think I'm at a point where I feel like most things don't really matter. People say it's unusual for me to feel like that at my age because I have my whole future ahead of me. Pfft, whatever.
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