Last week I talked about how you should not hesitate to dump/change things that you’re not sure about in your tune.
I must confess I forgot to mention something very important.
You should learn to tell the difference between the times when something is really not right, and the times when you’re simply BORED.
Whenever you’re about to add something, or change things up, pause and ask yourself…
Am I doing this because it’s what the tune needs? Or could it be that I’m just fed up with listening to the same ol thing over and over again?
Don’t make the mistake of changing things up only to entertain yourself!
I know, it’s difficult to hold the course. And I keep failing at it myself time and time again.
But it’s a vicious circle.
Think of it like this:
You’re bound to get bored when you’re listening to something for the 1268th time.
That’s invevitable and happens with most projects.
And I guarantee it will happen again after you’ve changed things up.
By that time you’ll have lost direction like Charlie Sheen.
Here’s the thing though: You being bored doesn’t mean a thing.
It doesn’t mean the tune is crap!
It just means you’re bored. Nothing more.
Take a break if necessary.
Try to put yourself in the position of someone who hears the tune for the first time.
Play it to other people. See what their first reaction is.
Learn to identify the times you are bored.
Learn to identify when you really need to change something in the tune.
Learn to identify the good ideas and hold on to them even when bored.
You’ll get better at this with practice.
If all you do is juggle things around to keep yourself entertained…
Well, that’s all good in the hood, but don’t expect to be entertaining anyone else with your music anytime soon.