Principles & Their Implications

So, I want to give you a more detailed insight into how I work, how I teach, and how you can benefit from it, whether you're a producer, a DJ, an artist, a composer, or just a regular person looking to learn more about the nature and process of creativity... I'm massively into learning and self - improvement. That's a bit like admitting that you really like embroidery. It's not cool to say out loud, and your friends will think you're coming over as patronising and arrogant...but there's just something about the process that you just can't deny is satisfying...

So, why the embarrassment? as Seth Godin put it in a post of his recently "if it's worth doing, it's worth being embarrassed about"...

Applying that to music production, and how you can learn and develop yourself through it, you can pretty much boil it down to this simple statement...

"If you want to be a really good producer, then you'll have to take being a shit one for a while"

Enough said really! But how to improve? What does it take?

I'm INSANELY jealous of the producers and DJs coming through now. When I learnt to DJ and produce, there was very little to refer to in the way of internet resources, just a handful of magazines and some people you knew who were in the know, who'd tell you fuck all because they'd rather stroke their own ego by pretending like it's searching for the Higgs Boson, rather than deepening the learning process for themselves, by teaching others!

Oh how times change...

How I learnt, and still learn, and how I teach, all comes down to 2 key concepts, which are related:

PRINCIPLES and their IMPLICATIONS....

A PRINCIPLE, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is "the fundamental source or basis for something"...

Therefore, I don't just show you how your sequencer, synth, DJ program etc works, I teach the PRINCIPLES behind the workings of the software / hardware

For example, rather than just showing you the controls of Logic's compressor, I'll go deeper with you so you understand the principles of dynamic range control, exploring the theoretical understanding that goes with deploying such a tool appropriately for what you want to achieve...

This knowledge has IMPLICATIONS, or as our mate the dictionary will have it "the conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it isn't explicitly stated"

Fuck me sideways, that's a big deal! Not only can you learn the underlying principles of how a routine, technique or concept works, you'll also learn where it will take you, and most importantly why and when would be the most appropriate times to use it...

Learn enough principles, and understand the implications of them, and the whole game is yours to control and you become, you guessed it, a master of your craft...

Think about it, the next time you're blindly cycling through the presets on plugins you have no idea how to use properly...

It's not the tool thats the important element, it's the person wielding it...

So if you're interested in going deeper, drop me a line, you'll learn faster, deeper and more completely with 1-2-1 training...

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