How can I become more musically productive?
August 31, 2013 12:15 AM Subscribe
I have the desire to be a musician, and I have some pretty nice resources, but I can't stick to anything! Help?
posted by cosmicbeast to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
So, I've wanted to be a musician for a very long time. And in a sense, the territory isn't completely unfamiliar to me. I took piano lessons all throughout elementary school, I was sort of in a "band" with friends a few times around high school and part of college (though none of that went anywhere and we never even had actual gigs), I've taken some guitar lessons this past year, and I've recorded a few songs solo. But I've never been able to really view myself as a musician, since I have such a hard time finishing anything! I'm 24 years old and I've recorded a total of 5 complete songs in my life. And they're far from professional, too.
I have some nice equipment...I have an M-Audio Oxygen 49 MIDI controller (used to have a larger keyboard but I sold it so I could get this less cumbersome device), Reason 6.5 music software, an audio interface, a microphone and stand, an electric guitar, an acoustic-electric guitar, and an amp. Reason is hard to fully grasp, and every time I try to "tinker" with it and get started on a song, I'll get a little bit done (maybe working for an hour or two) and then abandon the project. Also, my actual playing skills aren't spectacular, but when I play guitar, for instance, it's usually just for a little dollop of enjoyment and I don't bother finishing composing a song. I found that when I was taking lessons I was at least practicing consistently, but that didn't translate into finishing anything I composed either.
I don't feel like my current life circumstances are ideal for getting a lot done in this regard, but I also think that might just be an excuse. There's always something! School (in the past), work, social life, the desire to relax, etc. Making time for this kind of thing feels a lot more difficult than it should be.
I'm constantly coming up with new song ideas and practicing vocals for them, but executing these ideas alone seems too overwhelming...yet I'm not productive or talented enough to be taken seriously by other musicians who could help. What can I do? Maybe it's just not meant to be? If so, how can I stop wanting this?