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#1
Why do people have this thing against listening to your own tunes? You wrote and recorded them because you obviously thought they sounded good. Your own music is virtually the only music that has every element of what you like in songs.

Seriously, you guys, I'm seriously.

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#2
Having a thing against it? I don't know about that, but after coming up with an idea, hashing it out, rehearsing it, recording it and performing it, it can get annoying to listen to it again. But most people don't deal with music that much in their lives, but it's the same idea. Also, we're always our own worst critics.
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#5
I used to watch a lot of my old videos of me playing guitar and study them.

I'd listen to me if I come up on shuffle, very rarely do I go
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Having a thing against it? I don't know about that,

Yeah dude. Where is this coming from? I never heard anything about this.
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#7
I always end up thinking "I should have done this, instead of that". Shit drives me crazy.
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#8
If you don't like your own stuff, why should you expect anyone else too?
If you do like your own stuff, why wouldn't you listen to it?

And that's the bottom line.
#9
When I finish a song, I'll listen to it loads, cos I'm proud of it (usually). After a while though, I'd just rather listen to stuff that's professionally made. I won't not listen to my own stuff, I just don't tend towards it.
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I'm sick of something I write after all the work I do with it.



Me too. I've heard the riff a million times, so I really don't want to hear it again.
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#11
i like to go through my GP files

i dont really ever record anything
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#12
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yeah pretty much this. it's just vain is all, not really too big of a deal or anything.
#14
I haven't really heard anyone say it either way. I personally listen to my own recordings now and then whether its a cover or original. I can learn from them and say to myself things like I might have over compressed this section or the guitar in this section is too loud etc. The only way to learn and improve is from your own mistakes. I get what people are saying though about hearing something you recorded over and over again which can get annoying
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#16
I write the music I want to hear because I don't feel like waiting for someone else to write it, so it only makes sense to listen to the music I write. No shame in it, and it's not like I spend all day trumpeting my greatness to the world (great as I am ).
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Your own music is virtually the only music that has every element of what you like in songs.


while I don't listen to my own music at all, I'm not here to say somebody shouldn't listen to theirs.

however, this part of it isn't necessarily true. I mean, if you only like one style of music, sure. but if you like, for instance, jazz, shoegaze, and Gregorian chants, it'd be difficult to make music that reflects this.

it'd be wild to hear though.
#18
I enjoy making the joke that listening to your own music is like laughing at your own jokes, but in all reality, they're not the same.

There's no shame in digging what you've written. Why write what you wouldn't enjoy?

I'm also a firm believer in writing the kind of music that you actually want to hear.
#19
well like i said, it makes sense to listen to yr own music because of all those reasons, but it is like laughing at yr own jokes (which also makes sense when you think about it). it's a little vain but no biggie, as long as you dig it is all that matters.
#20
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Why do people have this thing against listening to your own tunes? You wrote and recorded them because you obviously thought they sounded good. Your own music is virtually the only music that has every element of what you like in songs.

Seriously, you guys, I'm seriously.


Because people are stupid.

I mean do you write a song because you think it sucks, or because you think it sounds good?

EDIT: Yes, you're right.
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#22
Listening to my music is like listening to my arguments.

I love what I'm saying, and how I'm saying it, but I hate the way my voice sounds. Then I hear my voice crack or slur over a consonant or something, and I cannot bear to keep listening to me embarrass myself.

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#24
it's like liking your own comments on facebook or favoriting your own tweets
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#25
If I write a song I don't like listening to, I either modify the shit or throw it out entirely saving little bits and pieces of it for future compositions. I make sure I can stand it before I keep it as is.

If I can't stand to listen to it, there's no way I'm going to make it public. Nobody likes people who make shitty music, and it's not going to go down too well if that's how you think of yourself, as some asshole who makes shitty music.


However, I still think it is important for musicians to be able to hear and recognize their flaws as well as not get butthurt when someone offers helpful, constructive criticism despite holding a negative opinion.
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If you don't like your own stuff, why should you expect anyone else too?
If you do like your own stuff, why wouldn't you listen to it?

And that's the bottom line.

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#27
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cause its like masterbating to a picture of yourself?


In that it's something that you made for yourself exactly the way that you like?

It's like, you have the perfect song that is written just for you. I still get shivers down my spine every time I hear the iv-vi and vi-i riffs in Cosmic Invaders. I still feel like storming the Pelennor Fields every time the harmony kicks in in that one song that still doesn't have a name. I still die inside every time I hear my covers of Dust In The Wind and Hallelujah. And I still feel really pretentious every time that I listen to that one piece that's just the same 9 16th notes repeated for 1:24:24.

Not to mention that there is far more emotion for you in your own music than in other people's music. All of everything that I was going through while composing this stuff is brought back out whenever I hear those riffs.

And at the end of the day, there are few things that are cooler than being able to sit back and think "Wow, I really made that!"
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#28
I like my own tunes, but I just play them a lot so I dont feel the need to listen to them a lot so I skip over them if they usually come on, although sometimes i do get in the mood to listen to them. I mean, Judas Priest is my favorite band but ill skip over a lot of their tunes since ive listened to them so much, I dont want to wear them out. Your own tunes are the worst because of that since you play them all time (or at least you should) during practice/shows/etc.
#29
I agree there's nothing wrong with listening to your own music, but sometimes after spending weeks or months composing, arranging, recording, mixing, and mastering songs I get sick of hearing them for a while afterwards. It's not that I don't like the music, it's that I feel the need to hear something different.
#30
I've wondered about this as well. I love the music I write and often end up listening to my own pieces.
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#31
I have this when reading back stories or articles I've written. Even if I know it's good, it's just too familiar.
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#32
It kinda makes me cringe
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#33
I listen to my stuff once in a while. I was far better when I recorded it - or at least it sounds that way to me - so I enjoy listening to it like "holy shit how the hell did I do that?" But eventually the production quality gets really annoying as I am in no way a pro player or producer. I record my own drums but I'm not a drummer And I have shit equipment to boot... But still once and a while I like to hear it just to say "that was EFFIN sweet!"

EDIT: this has inspired me to go listen to my own tunes
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#34
I dunno. I think it was Donald Glover that was ranting about this, a girl was shocked he was listening to his own music and went on about how music is the only thing where it's considered strange to enjoy what you create, like how people don't think it's strange that chefs eat their own food.
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#36
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i like to go through my GP files

i dont really ever record anything

Pretty much this. My bands music never made it past the practice stage.
#37
I listen to my own music all the time. Because I love it.
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#38
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Why do people have this thing against listening to your own tunes? You wrote and recorded them because you obviously thought they sounded good. Your own music is virtually the only music that has every element of what you like in songs.

Seriously, you guys, I'm seriously.


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Look, it's not wrong to listen to your own music at all, but you might look like a huge douche if you think it's the best thing since sliced cheese. The point is, there's almost certainly better music to listen to than your own and if you would rather keep repeating your own you are probly a pretencious douche.
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