The Purpose of Art (How to Avoid Worryville)

The Purpose of Art (How to Avoid Worryville)

Some nights when I lay in bed my mind can start to run away with me.  If I’m not careful it will take me straight to Worryville.

I start thinking about what needs to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, next year and before you know it I’m concocting every possible scenario of what could go wrong. This makes sleep and just relaxing almost impossible.

What I have learned to do to combat these worries is to think about things I enjoy doing and solve those problems in my head while I am lying there waiting for sleep. Continue reading

Drum Track Jigs – Are They Cheating?

Drum Track Jigs – Are They Cheating?

Something that I struggle with is when I am recording sequences on my electronic kit and I’m using the quantize and swing feature.

The features are nice and can take a sequence I played and correct every note so it is exactly on the beat or part of the beat (eighth or sixteenth, etc.).  The swing feature can then give it some feel by putting it on the back side of the beat.

When I first used these features it took a sequence I recorded, one that I thought sounded good but it did have one or two ever so slight but discernible flaws and made it sound great.  It would have taken me hours to get it to sound like that or perhaps I would never get it to sound like that.

Up to this point in my life I had always played acoustic kits.  Growing up in the analog world this ability to correct these slight imperfections seemed to me like cheating.  To be honest sometimes it still does. Continue reading