#1
I was just wondering what rules (if any) you set yourself when you're making music. Like when you're writing or recording.

Personally I try and avoid effects pedals, but I'm not dogmatic. When I write I normally follow the pattern of chords, then words and add to that. When recording I almost always record over a microphone (no a direct input) but sometimes have to DI (for keyboards and other things like that).

So what rules are self-imposed? And what rules do you have to stick to through necessity?
#2
just play and have fun.

i hope ur not limiting ur creativity because of 'rules'
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#4
I break rules so I really don't tend to set any.
As I always say: "Rawr"
#5
Quote by bigtimmy
just play and have fun.

i hope ur not limiting ur creativity because of 'rules'

I worry about that sometimes. But I also think that by limiting yourself you see different aspects and take a different approach, thus increasing creativity.
#6
None really, rules restrict creativity.
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#8
everything is done in one sitting, the writing recording editing. then i shove it on myspace and never listen to it again.
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#9
I try to stick with what I can do. I'm not going to attempt crazy stuff when recording because it will sound like crap. I also do it when people are not around, because people in my house are stupid and I don't want background noise. I don't like to waste time when recording.

When I'm writing, I generally use tabs if it's just guitar, otherwise I have to use sheet music. I feel like I'm cheating sometimes using guitar tabs to write something like a trumpet solo or something.
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#10
i make myself practise for at least an hour a day, usually i dont need to force myself and i'll do it because i want to, but sometimes i really cba
#13
I have this thing with Overdubs, wich is kinda funny seeing I'm a huge Muse fan.

I just my music to sound like to would live.
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#14
Whenever I step up a notch in speed or technique profficiency I always feel the need to totally wank with it for about an hour at stupid volumes.
#15
I have a hard time staying focused anyway, extra rules would make me go crazy.

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Whenever I step up a notch in speed or technique profficiency I always feel the need to totally wank with it for about an hour at stupid volumes.

Same with me.
#17
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Whenever I step up a notch in speed or technique profficiency I always feel the need to totally wank with it for about an hour at stupid volumes.


+1

Also, four power chord turnarounds are HIGHLY ILLEGAL.
#18
I don't write anything down and don't spend more than an hour getting an instrument right, also I'm going to start weening myself off using excessive reverb
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#19
I set sum rulez. There were:


i won't rape little girls anymore

i won't rape big girls anymore

i won't rape wombats

i won't rape guitars

i won't rape silly TS


edit: if sum1 sigs this, i'll beat their ass!


c'mon please sig me : (
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i do it a lot. ill be playin somethin and i forget to close my mouth... sometimes its really bad, slobber everywhere. i goes mostly over the neck, on the higher frets, and its really hard to get out from under the strings.
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#20
I try not to use too much distortion. I only use it as a tool to achieve a certain tone, no more, no less.
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#21
Not really, well there's this kind of rule I have. Since I don't want people to die because they're being literally blown away by my totally awesome music I try not to write more than 2 masterpieces a week. One of my friends heard 2 of my songs in a row and he's now in the hospital:S