THE RIFF: Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

I used to think that ‘The Paradigm Shift’ was just a cool name for a Korn album!

But then over the past few years, I’ve come to realise that a paradigm shift is actually just what a lot of people need.

So many people get stuck in their way of thinking.

They think they are too old to be writing Rock and Metal… or ANY music at their age

They think that because they only really see teens and ‘young’ adults in their 20s doing it.

They think people would disapprove and say things like “who does he think he is?” and “grow up!”

But it’s important to recognise that all of these things are just “thoughts”.

They’re not facts.

There are plenty of people writing Rock and Metal in their 40s and 50s and older, who are uploading to Spotify and online music libraries all the time

There are plenty of people who start writing music in their spare time and never look back

You are more likely to be envious of someone you know who is writing their own Rock and Metal music than think that they are too old

So, you don’t need to worry about being too old… that’s just noise in your head.

You can go from having nothing to having an album ready to distribute online in just a few months of a few hours a week.

How does that sound?

Ask Me Any Questions

Tip: Use The Yellow

When I mix my tracks I like to make sure that the snare and kick drums are placed nice and high in the mix.

There is nothing worse that hearing a rock track with all of the potential but lacking that smack from the snare and the punch from the kick.

Now, a lot of that is to do with the EQ and compression, however it is also a little to do with fear of pushing the drums too loud.

When looking at your mix faders while mixing, make sure that the snare and kick are in the yellow and nothing else.

Once you have finished with the mixing you can play the track through and make sure you stay under at least -3db.  If you go over you can bring the whole mix down by highlighting all tracks then move the faders down until the mix plays under -3db.

Use this method and let me know how you get on.

Riff Of The Week

Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues

The summer vibes are here, and it’s time to enjoy a classic 50’s track by Eddie Cochran. 

With just three chords, this riff is instantly recognizable, featuring Eddie’s signature open E, A, and B7 chords. And don’t miss the catchy hammer-ons on the bass guitar!

Click the link below to watch Eddie in this legendary performance yourself. Let’s rock this summer!  🎸🌞

Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues

Podcast Episode I’m Listening To

“Girls Twiddling Knobs – EP67 Making Time For Your Music”

This podcast series is aimed at women, but I don’t think that matters because much of what they talk about applies to anyone.

I really like this episode as it is an example of the fact that everyone struggles for time.

I makes me think, when I feel I should throw in the towl as I just don’t have the time for everything I want to get done, I should be reminded that I am not the only one.  And that most people in fact feel that time is against them.  However people still get things done..or seem to.

So keep going.

It is a good listen to see how Isobel talks about how she finds new ways to use her time.

Listen on the link below.

Listen On Spotify

A Thought-Provoking Quote

“The less time you have, the more you get done.”

– David Bowie


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