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Re: Playing an instrument vs. building an instrument...

At 02:20 PM 8/25/2003, msottilaro wrote:
>On Monday, August 25, 2003, at 12:54  PM, Kim Flint wrote:
>>On the other hand are the ones Cara speaks of, those who constantly toss 
>>out one thing to try the next shiny object, with no clear vision of what 
>>they are looking for. You never become intimate enough with any one 
>>to really make it a part of your ability to express yourself.
>I think I totally understand that process, but it is not always a bad 

>  I have to admit, I went crazy and tried a LOT of stuff.
>(relative to most)  I don't think of it as a waste of time or money at 
>though.  I learned a lot.

>Overall, my gear is finally becoming more and more honed and 
>focused.  Sometimes you can't know if something is for you unless you try 

ok, that makes sense, you had to spend some time seeking after what you 
want. But it also seems clear that you actually had an idea of what it was 
you wanted, even if you didn't totally understand or see it at the time. 
You had direction. That's a lot different from the poor souls who are 
always searching but have no idea what they are looking for.

>So now I have a very clear idea of what I like to do, what I'm good at 
>what sounds I like to hear.  More often I hear myself asking, "Does this 
>piece of gear serve me?  Should I get rid of it?"  It's been really good 
>and cathartic.   I play more than I ever have and I've been having a 

And so there you go. Now that you have found what you were looking for, 
can focus on really creating music with it instead of distracting yourself 
by trying a thousand different parameter settings on gear you eventually 
sell. As you say, you find this a lot more satisfying, which I totally 
relate to since I went through the same thing. And now I expect you'll 
the quality of music you make gets better as well. I think that happens 
because you finally get a chance to really practice using the one setup, 
really learn it at a deep level, and really start being able to speak with 
it. It takes a while to reach that point with any instrument, and if you 
keep starting over you never get there.

>The prospect of learning another interface isn't what I want to be doing 
>with my time right now.

Me neither. I find I'm much happier focusing on the few things I already 
seem to be pretty good at and getting a lot better at them. When I was 20 
wanted to be the Jack of All Trades. It took me years to figure out why 
that's always followed by Master of None.


Kim Flint                     | Looper's Delight
kflint@loopers-delight.com    | http://www.loopers-delight.com