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Having a Better Week

This is a much better week.

Last week, I got my first job on Fiverr. Upside!!  Ironically, that was the same week that my Tascam decided it would no longer work with Windows 10 or Ableton.  Fortunately, I was able to find a replacement. The people at Cascio Music were really, really great. I ended up getting a Focusrite Scarlett Solo. It’s red, it’s amazing, it is so much easier to use. I was able to finish the job a day early and the customer was completely happy.  🙂

That gives me a little hope, at least. I had severe doubts about playing again. It’s been several years since I played with a group. Having good feedback from someone who is not family or friends is encouraging.

Next, I need to get more videos up.  I’ve been tied up helping a friend with music samples for wedding music, but that’s been fun.  I also have rehearsals every night this week for a choral performance this weekend. It doesn’t matter, I feel like I’ve been productive this last week. I have the tools I need and I found out that I have services people might want.
It was a decent week. Hopefully, I’ll have another.  (Here’s a picture of the Scarlett Solo. I really do love it.)

Focusrite

Discouraged

I’m sitting on my couch feeling crabby. As I get older, I notice that part of that is due to the huge cup of coffee I have in the morning.

Otherwise, Im mainly upset with my Tascam. I have an ancient Tascam US-122L that I’ve used for the last seven years. (I think it’s been about that long.) I understand that it’s old. I checked the website for updates, but there’s nothing that will allow it to work with Windows 10. I tried starting up Ableton, but when I plug the Tascam in, the whole thing crashes and the program closes. I’m annoyed. Just to make sure I wasn’t being an idiot, I tried it with a different program. I tried Audacity, the tascam doesn’t show up. I tried Studio One, the software recognizes it, but won’t allow it to record anything. So annoyed.

Now, my only option is awaiting a few weeks until, maybe, I can get another one. I don’t even need anything super fancy. I wouldn’t have even noticed, except that I’m in the middle of putting music samples together for a friend’s wedding. The Launchkey and Launchpad I have work great so far. But I can’t record any live audio with those.
Im recording with the microphone on my phone, but the fidelity on it is crap and the sound is horrible.

On the upside, I recently downloaded Mobius. I have a sustain pedal for my keyboard that I was hoping to use with it. The goal was to play around with looping. That will have to wait until later. I can still play around with keyboard and samples, but any work with my harp will have to wait until I can get my microphones to work.

Note:  I also found this angry conductor meme while trying to cheer myself up. It worked.

Building a brand

I’ve spent a great deal of the last year trying to figure out how best to REALLY start working with my music.
I recorded stuff in both harp and piano.

I set up a youtube page

I set up Twitter and Instagram

Just today, I set up an account with Fiverr.

The conclusion that I’ve come to so far is that I need to start putting up more videos/music. Im getting frustrated with results based on a minimal amount of work. I think I only have about 7 videos up so far and one of those isn’t even available to the public because I haven’t quite figured out how I should be filming myself.

It feels like every year I have one of these posts where I realize that I haven’t written anything in a long time. At least this time I have most of my planning in place and there really is no excuse anymore to not go forward with plans.

I like the equipment I have. Since I rejoined a choir, I feel as if my feeling for music is coming back. Its not only a listening activity anymore, I’m getting my ear back. Its easier to hear how the music lines work together again.
The hard part is getting my hands back in shape. I’ve lost all my calluses on my fingers.

I need to get back in to a practice schedule. When I was younger, I had a scheduled 2 hours of practice a day. Now, as an adult, that is a little more difficult with longer work hours and having to be a responsible adult; feeding myself, cleaning the apt, paying bills, etc. So basically, this is the point where I have to decide exactly how much I want a career that involves music.  On the upside, I can genuinely say that Ive done something everyday this month to further that goal. Silver lining….

If anyone comes across this and has any interest, come take a look.

For extra fun, click on Deadpool to go to my Fiverr page. 🙂

I learned how to do that.

 

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