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πŸ“² Find Focus in a Busy World πŸ€– workflow Aug 21, 2023

Having trouble focusing on composing or creating? Here are a few ways to help make it easier:

Turn Everything Off

Nothing is more invasive than your technology buzzing unread notifications all day.Turn off badge notifications and sound for apps.

(The only time my phone buzzes is for a phone call or text message. Every app on my phone has zero red badge notifications.)

Pause Emails

If...

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πŸ”• Productivity Hacks for Composers πŸ€– workflow Aug 21, 2023

 Balancing my work as a composer, content creator, and educator can be tough.

To prevent myself from working weekends or pulling all-nighters, I employ six strategies to protect my time and maximize my efforts:

Plan Tomorrow (Today)

Take 10 minutes at the end of each work day to plan tomorrow's activities. Waking up with a premade agenda sets you up for success before you've even woken up....

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⏰ How To Make An Orchestral Template in 1 Hour πŸ€– workflow Jun 13, 2023

If you’re a composer writing orchestral music and you haven’t made a template yet, you could be saving hundreds of hours a year.

Templates aren’t for everyone, but for me, they’re 100% indispensable in my ability to deliver high-quality music on time to clients. But for many creatives, the non-creative act of routing, color-coding, and labeling a large...

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πŸ€– I’ve Been Cloning Myself πŸ€– workflow Jun 06, 2023

I saw entrepreneur and educator Chris Do speak at a university a few weeks ago.

During the panel, a student asked Chris what he thought about the influx of A.I., and what it meant for creative professionals.

Chris paused for a while. Then he said this:

“Imagine that all of you are running from a giant, man-eating bear. To survive, you don’t have to be the fastest,...
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πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ The Problem With Composing FAST πŸ€– workflow May 16, 2023

As educational resources have grown on YouTube, I've seen a lot of emphasis on how to write music quickly.

On one hand, I totally get it. I'm a full-time composer, so efficiency and timely writing are essential for me to do my job and still get a good night's sleep.

But on the other hand, composers just getting started seem to be feeling immense pressure to keep up with...

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πŸ’Ύ Why use External Drives for VSTs? πŸ€– workflow Apr 18, 2023

This topic stumped me for a while. Here's the short of it:

Computers do two things at once with data: reading and writing.

When composing in a DAW, your computer reads the sample from the VST folder... but it also writes data into your project file (wherever that file is saved).

Now imagine two currents, flowing in opposite directions--one for reading,...

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⌨️ The DAW shortcut I Can't Live Without πŸ€– workflow Apr 04, 2023

 If you're not using this one, start now. Seriously. You'll thank me later

Poin-and-click workflow is inefficient. It's slower than typing, and unhealthy ergonomically in the long-term. As a general rule, when you catch yourself clicking on something over and over again in your workflow, learn or create a shortcut to replace it with.

With that in mind, the most time-saving...

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