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Stop the Snobbery Before It Stops You.

July 13, 2014

2014-7-13Let’s get to the point.

Why do you play/write/record music?

Because you enjoy it. Plain and simple.

If you’re in it for the money, you picked the wrong job (unless you’re Zeppelin/U2/Beyonce).

If you’re in it for the “chicks”, you’re a tool that won’t keep it at. (hint: there aren’t any).

You do it because there’s something about it that you enjoy. The creative process, performing on a stage, or whatever. You like it. You love it. You wanna do it a lot.

Everyone agrees, right?

Well, here’s where things get harder to agree on.

You didn’t get into this because of gear, specific bit-depths, brands, or to join a group of snobs.

Yet, those things started creeping in and clouding your vision.

“Oh, you’re not a real guitar players unless you’ve got tube amps. Especially tube amps from [insert brand preference]”

“Only posers play bass with a pick. Geez.”

We’ll all said something of that effect at some point. We’ve all fallen victim to the tunnel-vision snobbery of being involved a sub culture.

So stop it.

Seriously, just stop it. 

Stop arguing about pointless things. Stop over-emphasizing the importance of minor details to make yourself sound smarter and knowledge in your trade. Stop with the snobbery!

Get back to enjoying music. Remember that first time you heard that one guitar riff that made you wanna by a hand-me-down guitar. Draw from that well. Don’t go down the slippery-slope of puffing out our chest to make up for our lack of self-confidence.

Fall in love with music again.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t work hard. If you follow this blog, you know that I preach endlessly about hard work. Sometimes, there will be things you need to do that are difficult and not fun. But is it worth it in order to get better, improve, and to keep enjoying this thing?

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