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Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2014, 01:42:25 AM »
Good advice from Mike and Forrest's notebook idea I concur with, I keep a log (more as a diary) and it's very useful.

Don't expect everything to be great (especially in it's initial stages), just try to get to a point where it's momentum carries it forward. Working as a solo artist is difficult in some respects, for myself, I'm always concerned with repeating myself or that certain areas of my music really need improving.

Also remixes (competitions) are a great way to work on something anonymously and not to be too precious about the outcome.

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Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2014, 01:41:44 PM »
Well said, Mike. I seem to have the opposite problem, though. In the past, I tended to be very loose with my first attempts at recording something. Where I had my problems was going back and fixing what was wrong with it. Some time back I was listening to some pieces I had recorded in the mid 1980's ( a time when I was most prolific). I kept wondering why I didn't go back and rerecord some of the pieces or fix what was wrong in what I had recorded. I would record something very raw and then move on to something else. Short attention span, maybe? Anyway, I'm trying to get back to recording now that I am getting past my awkwardness with recording on a computer ( I bought an outboard recorder). I'm going to make a real attempt at finishing what I start.
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Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2014, 04:57:32 PM »
If someone has a hard time getting started, then "relax, loosen up and don't worry" may be good advice.

If someone has a hard time ever focusing in enough to finish anything, then maybe the opposite advice would be better!
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Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2014, 08:47:42 PM »

If someone has a hard time ever focusing in enough to finish anything, then maybe the opposite advice would be better!
That's not the first time I've heard that.  ;D
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Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2014, 08:27:21 AM »
"In my experience, some people have a difficult time getting started not because they've lost the creative knack, or the impulse to create, but because they've begun putting pressure on themselves to create something "great" or "important" rather than just creating for the fun of it."  - Mike

Dead on awesome comment.  I admit - I've had that bad totally not constructive "it must be great" issue.  My solution?  Start recording me play my piano on my iphone and post to youtube.  It's been liberating for me.  A "i just don't care i'm just playing" thing - that I also share.  Which is both fun - and reminds me of old ideas. 
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Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Reply #25 on: Today at 04:37:00 AM »
Thats a great post Mike!

Personally I am never blocked because I dont look at it as if something is in my way preventing creation.  Im not doing anything now and now I am....or perhaps there simple is not a beginning or and ending it just is happening.

Does not mean I don't struggle and doubt during the creation. 

Does not mean that I can  take the fun out of creating by being too serious.....Im make serious ambient music now.

Does not mean that I dont labor for months to years over a music or photographic project wonder is it done.  Is it enough.  It needs something.  When should I just let it go?

All of this is part of the process and I put it together as the journey.....departure and arrival are not so important for me....its whats in between that is.
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Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« Reply #26 on: Today at 01:53:50 PM »
Regarding 'blocks', I presume that the finishing of something is generally more the problem than the starting of something (?)