The Story Of An Unlikely Dream
To Become A Musician
The Story Of An Unlikely Dream
To Become A Musician
So here’s a few updates on my actual journey.
My guitar teacher will be recording a short solo on one of my tracks, first time ever and I think it will be the first of many projects together. He may be moving away but I think we’re tied to each other now and we will always stay connected through music in one way or another. He called me relentless yesterday, told you! He also said if it weren’t for me he would have long ago stopped progressing on guitar… now THAT is a compliment I very much appreciate. I’m so glad that I got to give him that wonderful gift, it’s not remotely equal in value to the one he gave me (his faith in me when I needed it most) but it’s nice to know I could give some back.
The anniversary song is coming on. We’ve decided on two solos to stick to the “comfortably numb” format and as with that song one will be light, the other darker. The first shorter and more melodic and rhythmic, the second much longer, it’ll be dramatic with a lot of tension and movement and the song will fade out on it. I’m definitely reaching for the stars on this but why not, there’s nothing to lose by trying and my method of “write first, learn later” I think will be key to making this work. We have our five Gilmour solos that we’ll take inspiration from but the idea is to take concepts not just copy lines although we will do that too (but obviously make them my own, not just copy paste).
The next twist in my story is that I’m hoping to attend a college in 2-3 years subject to my drumming, guitar playing and bass playing reaching a standard I feel is appropriate. There’s a long way to go until then but if my learning curve over the last 3 years is any indication then I can do a lot in that time. It’s a one year course at Abbey Road Institute in Sydney and aside from not being able to afford it (I’ll cross that bridge IF I come to it) I think there’s no reason not to go for it. I would be learning production and sound engineering amongst other things and then I think it’s time to get out there and put this all to use.
I do think my music will be perfect for sync and it’s an industry I have a lot of interest in but there’s one kink, I don’t want to score music over movies. I like writing the style of music a great deal but I don’t like the idea of writing it in a forced nature or compromising on it or even the idea of working to film itself. I’d rather write music and adjust it where required or simply license it out and let them do that themselves and there’s definitely a market for that so it’s one thing I’ll be working on but there’s an option I think I’d enjoy far more.
Production…. Plus extras!
I love writing music, exploring ideas, being creative, messing with different genres, learning skills as a means to write and writing as a means to learning skills. I also think production is something that comes relative naturally to me although as with everything 99% is down to experience and hard work but the fact I write songs prolifically means I’m putting in my hours and over a varied range of genres/styles etc. I have a talent for listening to the same song for hours, days or even weeks without getting bored because of how I listen (a few posts down I addressed this) and I love “sound/music” so the engineering part is perfect too. I love the science of sound so that would really fascinate me.
Finally I still want to play and NOT in a public context and if my drumming, bass playing and guitar playing is up to par (not the best but GOOD and solid) then I’ll be my own session musician. There is the risk of being “Jack of all trades” but that’s why I’m taking it all sooooooooooooo seriously, I’m aware of that and I want to avoid it but if you think about it all this fits together. I’m always cross learning and I keep pushing all this more and more in that direction. I say 2-3 years (plus the year of study of course) but that’s not a fixed date, it’s a target. I’ll have to judge as I go.
My thoughts are that I could be a very viable option for small/medium independent artists because I can offer the full package and it would be much more affordable. My passion for so many genres means I can accommodate more choices (but first I MUST study them of course), I love electronic music and old school, modern music and traditional, I’m influenced by a lot of producers, musicians etc so I’ll understand a wider range of needs from my clients. I’m building up connections on Insta and where I fall short of being able to provide an element I’ll have those who can plus when I need other parts I don’t play again I’ll have access to those who could. I noticed a couple of years ago many of the people paying attention to my journey were other artists who’d are successful, teachers, producers etc. People who don’t need MY attention and that makes me curious as to why they watch. Maybe they see what my guitar teacher does … that I’m relentless! It doesn’t matter what they see really, the fact they are watching and they are the people I need watching is all that matters. I don’t need to find a way to catch their eye, I already have and when I’m ready I’ll know.
So this is the idea but the reality is that in order to even have a chance I’ll need to work my arse off. Can it be done? Honestly I don’t know but I think so, if I’m focused, if I don’t waste my precious time but spend it efficiently and in the right way then maybe, just maybe.
This always has been the idea.. kind of… but I wasn’t sure exactly how I’d execute it or where my main focus would be but as I’ve gone on it’s become clearer and clearer and now I’m 85% sure. There’s still too many things to work out to be more sure than that. But there’s also a side thought, and that’s what about my music. What am I going to do with it? Answer is nothing! At least not intentionally. I write for me, I’ve said that a thousand times (I still think no one really believes that but I don’t mind!) and I don’t want or need approval from others (it’s nice to get it from people I respect but I don’t NEED it).
I intend to carry on writing music for me as often as I feel like it. I intend to continue releasing it as and when I want and I intend to keep on doing nothing to promote it. However I suspect that one twist of the plan above is that par the course of what I’ll be doing IF I am good at what it then I’m sure it will be noticed and IF it’s something that’s liked it may well do “something”. But honestly I’m so uninterested that at this point I don’t even want to hazard a guess at what that might be and I certainly will not compromise. I write for ME which means I don’t care if it’s successful but I won’t prevent it being so if it happens, it happens, if not who cares. Never say never but I can’t see me not wanting to keep my music purely for me because that’s why I’m doing this whole crazy thing to start with, it’s my primary motivator …
… it’s my fundamental WHY!!!!
Learning Time Log
How long I've been learning as at at the end of Mar 2021.
What's This About?
One fateful day I decided to get guitar lessons. 6 years later I'm learning four instruments and trying to become a musician and songwriter. I set a five year goal (Aug 2021) to create a very special song for my 25th wedding anniversary and this is a record of my crazy journey, weird thoughts, strange doodles and unapologetic music obsession! Enjoy!