Hello again. It’s me, your friendly neighbourhood musician.
Last time around I brought up problems related to composing for visual novels, and to an extent all games. Today I return to encourage other musicians to take the leap and join a project. I’ve also got a challenge to you composers out there, and last but not least: The premiere of my YouTube channel, with a new track from ESR.
When I first joined DSD back in 2009, I was a lazy musician. I would often come up with a short riff or a chord sequence, and then just abandon it. Upon joining this lovely group of people I was more or less forced to complete my songs, even if they were arrangements.
So, getting things done. Why is that important? Derek Yu has written a very good post on this, concerning game development, but lot of it applies here as well. When you do complete something, you get a huge confidence boost. You can lean back, start up that mp3 of yours, and listen. Even if it isn’t great, it’s complete. Finishing things is a skill, that you need to practice.
Derek also says “They say the last 10 percent is really 90 percent, and there is truth to this.” While getting a melody and some chords down might seem like the main work behind writing music, there’s still a long way to go. Keep at it! I promise you’ll get better at it soon enough.
I want all of the musicians reading this to compose or arrange a song, and complete it. Upload it somewhere, and link it in a comment. Play it on a real instrument, make a midi file, it doesn’t matter. I look forward to hearing from you!
And now, without further ado, Dolls’ Teatime.
And of course, a download link.