When I turned eighteen and moved out of the house, for my birthday I was to hear the ‘wonderful’ words, “Here! You always wanted to learn to make music? Here’s a mouth harp!” And as such I got my first Hohner ‘Marine Band’ and a lesson book. (The book is actually by David Barrett, a man that enjoys teaching so much that it’s even fun to watch lessons you can’t practice yet, due to the sheer enjoyment he gets out of teaching. Usually. When skinny.)

I originally really just wanted to play the piano, with as a far second the guitar. I had asked whether I could repeatedly ever since I could speak and knew of instruments. As you may imagine, as wonderful as the instrument is, I blew it to smithereens quite literally. I was angry. Angry people drum, so I learned to drum.

Now, I really like to play all kinds of instruments. Even though the Dutch educational system doesn’t allow you to pick your own education when your parents don’t support it, I stick to doing creative stuff anyway. I’m analytical, like to figure things out for myself also. I hope my analyses will help you as well.

I now also have proper recording gear. It works. I tried some shit I’m not really into out of curiosity, but now I ran into problems due to bad acoustics. My towel doesn’t catch the high echoing-overtones my apartment produces, so I got a reflection filter and even then you need to record in your bedroom, not your living room. And then I still have to learn to sing creatively. And what about those registers? What about focusing on feel on top of word-placement and pitch?

I recently added acoustic treatment to my smaller bedroom, moving the entire actual bedroom to my living room, using my what-was-intended-as-a-vocal-booth as a room divider to create space. The acoustic treatment that only cost about 65 EUROS works miracles in a small room like that with a big patch behind the drumkit and a small patch diagonally across from it on the opposite wall to create both absorption and through the diagonals diffusion, and then some...

I have a big bit of work to do, which is cool. I’m getting rid of my brain damage by doing creative stuff, so I can concentrate more, and I like to work. With the acoustic treatment, now I can. I can now also sing focusing on creativity rather than trying to fix acoustic problems by altering my voice, which always sounds like shit.

I’m taking ear training with EarMaster 7. I’m curious whether you can also learn perfect pitch this way and not just relative. When you learn to sing all of the tones and when someone play (subjunctive?) a tone, sing it in your mind, creating a reference frame, than name it.

I temporarily removed Blango. My hearing has thus recovered that I can hear what causes the problems from an integrated perspective. My sense of rhythm has been restored. My fine motor skills are in working order. I’m working on my memory and relaxation. Will record from the start. Now also have the work environment to get the sound to sound good going in.