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The Right Tool For the Right Job – Making the Most of Your Music Situations (October 20, 2014)

Square Peg in a Round Hole

For some time now I’ve been following two different music gurus, both awesome audio experts but each with their own speaking points…

I’m talking about Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner, and Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution. Both have an awesome monthly seminar/tutorial calledDueling Mixes where they take the same song, mix it down themselves in ProTools, and then allow their subscriber to take those same tracks and make their own mix!

The great thing about these guys is that they have terrific insight into not only the technical side of music, but also some brief lessons in practicality. And admittedly they’re great inspiration for my own blog as well.

Take a recent event that Joe briefly mentioned on his blog. He spoke about where he was on the schedule to play guitar at his local church. And because he would be the only electric guitarist performing that day, he opted to bring his most prized guitar, hisGibson Les Paul Studio, to the rehearsal.

And although he absolutely adores the guitar (and it’s a great model) he spent the whole rehearsal struggling with it.

So, the next day he brought a less expensive model guitar, an Ibanez Artcore semi-hollow body electric, for his actual performance.

And voila, SUCCESS! He had an amazing performance without struggle!

So what happened with Joe between his rehearsal with his premium guitar and the actual performance with the lesser guitar?

You see, because he favored the tone, feel and look of the Les Paul Studio, he had it embedded in his mind that because it was the more expensive guitar that it meant that it was automatically the best choice every – single – time. No matter what situation, no matter what setting.

When that isn’t the case at all. Because when you get down to it, it’s about havingthe right tool for the right job.

Joe found that his Ibanez semi-hollow had a much better tone that fit what he was doing, rather than trying to make his Les Paul Studio fit into a tone. What I mean is that, like the picture above, we sometimes get into a ‘square peg in round hole’ situation.

Joe saw this quickly, and despite his wanting to force-feed his ‘most expensive’ tool, into the process, he pushed past that line of thinking and used what best fit for the performance.

Now granted, his Les Paul Studio is a sweet guitar, and he loves it so much because it’s easy to play. But for this one event, it was not the right tool for the job.

And this is a lesson to learn that could save you, the reader, from spending more money than you absolutely have to on gear.

Because why purchase something just because it’s more expensive? Because it’s ‘what everyone else is getting’? If you’re playing on gear that works great for what you have, stick with it and don’t worry about going for some premium equipment just because that’s the trend.

As Joe states, “Sometimes the piece of gear that costs one-third as much as another piece of gear is the right item for the job.”

He’s even gone so far to go more with stock plug-ins on ProTools for his mixing rather than look to third-party plug-ins, simply because for most of those instances…

It’s the right tool for the right job.

Be sure to follow both Joe and Graham’s sites above.

So here’s your action item for today!

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Rob Cushing

Rob Cushing, along with being the co-founder of this blog, is a renowned singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has performed and toured nationally with many famed musical acts. He currently resides in Cape Cod, MA with his wife and son, where he usually can be found holed up in the studio, coaching others on their bands & businesses, or enjoying the beaches.

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