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This video has helped me a great amount over the years with my creative work. So I want to share this with all of you who are working so hard, in hopes that it will uplift you should you happen to be doubting your capabilities. In the very least I hope that this may reassure you, and help you persevere.
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This right here is the hardest lesson to learn and understand, and even harder to put it into practice. I firmly believe that if you have to the perseverance to move forward, you have the potential to do anything.
The most unfair fact of life, though, is the presence of raw, natural talent. Someone with that talent could take a few months to put out exceptional work, while others with literally take 10 years, but you know what? If you use those 10 years and make the most of it, you can reach that level and put out absolutely wonderful work.
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This is very true. A lot of people get upset when artists they consider great talk about how they need to improve. But as that artist's skills increased, so too did their taste. The bar moved higher for them.truefaiterman wrote:What I'd add to that big quote is that, once you have those two things (don't misunderstand me, you'll NEVER have enough technique or experience, this is an always-learning process), even your own taste will change a lot, and you'll perceive things in an entirely different way.
As artists improve, they enter different peer groups. I was very confident in my skills in art school, but then I got a studio job, and suddenly it seemed like all the artists around me everyday were better than I was. So my standards of what was acceptable for myself moved up.
But every artist of every level should take the words in that video to heart.
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The funny thing is, I'm actually doing the "huge volume of work" Glass recommended right now: I do one song every week. I didn't realize it at the time, but perhaps I was subconsciously inspired by Glass' words.
Doing a "huge volume of work" actually does work, guys! First of all, there's the actually improvement factor-- the most complicated drum in my first weekly song was 4 kicks in a row. Now, the most complicated drum pattern in one of my more recently weekly songs, Fusion Beat, is something that would take up a couple lines in trying to explain-- and possibly bore you guys in the process.
4 kicks isn't THE drum beat of the song anymore-- it's one of many elements of the beat. And I'm just talking about drums, which used to be my main weakness. Not anymore.
That's not to say that I'm done learning things about drums and getting better with them-- I'm just looking back on how far I've come, and I feel satisfied with how much I've been able to do so far.
And secondly, doing a "huge volume of work" is actually kind of motivating. When I first started my weekly songs, I would work on them for just a little bit, and would end up staying up really, really late the day before the end of the week in order to finish it before the week was up. Now, I work at a much better rate, starting a new song maybe a day or two after finishing a different one. And I'm having a lot of fun doing it; music is amazingly fun.
Although what truefaiterman and LWR said definitely holds true-- as you get better, you'll raise the bar higher. This is definitely a good thing, guys-- it means you'll keep on improving.
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I make one song every week, all for free download! This weeks song: Synthis- The Mirror(Eliana Remix)[Preview]
You might ask yourself: If I could only save one paragraph of the work I'm writing, which one would I save?
Which one would I let go first?
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