Wendy Halo's tips for finally finishing that song - @halo_wendy



Stuck on finishing that song?

1. Set bite-sized goals


It’s easy to get excited about a big goal, like releasing an album. But the path to big goals like that can feel overwhelming.

Instead, start with and focus on one track. And then create a goal road map of every part you need to mark that song as complete. For example, instead of just deciding you’re going to work on your track on Tuesday, set concrete goals like “Finish intro drums and bass on Tuesday morning before noon.”


2. Have your workspace always set up and ready to go


Inspiration can disappear as fast as it appears. When you’re inspired, the last thing you want is to look for cables, connect hard drives and pedals, get your midi sync working, or tune your guitar. That’s why it’s important to have your workspace set up and ready to go. Keep your gear plugged in and your instrument out of its case and in tune.

Being able to easily start working also helps capture the creative momentum that’s so important to finishing a song. We all know that feeling of getting in the zone and having the music just pour out of us. Make sure you’re always set up and ready to capture that moment.


3. Let go


Some of the most well-known artists in the world are incredibly prolific. But their rate of release is only possible because they ‘let go’ of perfection. They tame their inner perfectionist and create and release repeatedly.

Nobody else really hears the difference resulting from the last 5% of tweaks that we spend so much time on. If the song is awesome, it’ll still be awesome without those tweaks. If it isn’t awesome, those tweaks won’t make a difference.

Try to be honest with yourself about whether those never ending tweaks are changing the song dramatically or whether you’re using them as an excuse to not release the song.


4. Focus on your strengths. Outsource the rest


If you’re a singer/songwriter, why are you getting stuck trying to program a beat? If you’re a producer why are you letting your less-than-stellar mixing abilities get in the way? And mastering? How many years did you spend honing that skill compared to a professional mastering engineer?

The music industry has always relied on specialists to help bring a song together. Even the most experienced artists with numerous huge releases under their belts continue to work with professional mixing engineers, mastering engineers, and producers.

We built SoundBetter for this very reason—to give musicians a resource for finding the best musical and production talent to help get their song over the finish line and give it that professional sparkle. We help thousands of musicians every month connect with singers, producers, engineers, and session musicians, so they can get to better sounding releases, faster.


5. Get inspired


Sometimes, it’s good to stop pushing. Instead, take a step away and give yourself some space to get inspired. Listen to old records you love or check out a new Spotify playlist. Inspiration can come from anywhere and not just music. Check out an art exhibit or watch a moving movie. Sometimes hearing a song and thinking ‘damn that’s good’ might push you to run to the studio with new found drive.


 

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