In-Depth Blog Post #2

The first month of 2019 has gone by, and I have made good progress for In-Depth. I have selected a DAW software and have begun learning the basics of the program. Additionally, I had my first meeting with my mentor. During the meeting we talked about plans for the next few months, what my mentor does, what I had learned on my own, and next steps. Having someone guide me on what I need to work on next is something I have found useful over this past month.


On my own, I was able to learn how to navigate and use certain tools of Ableton. Although I don’t know what some things do, I am able to create short beats with what I do know. For example, although I don’t know how to adjust the settings of certain MIDI effects, I am still able to use the basic instrument. And using the base instrument, I can create something. The result of this was the audio I posted in last weeks blog post.

Here is a run-down on what a MIDI effect is:

A MIDI effect is like a filter the instrument goes through before we can hear it. For example, holding a chord on a piano plays all the notes at once, but if you were to add an arpeggiator (MIDI effect), the chord will play as individual notes in a rhythmical pattern. This pattern can be adjusted to change how many times the notes will cycle. However, this is just one example of the many MIDI effects available in Ableton.

My mentor then suggested that I try to use proper song structure. Currently, I am working on creating a chorus for one of the proto-songs I posted last week.

My progress so far has been exceeding my expectations. My initial goal for January was to select and get started with a DAW software. So far, my progress has been going well.

Incorporating Aspects of How to have a Beautiful Mind:

How to differ:

“Different opinions can all have their own validity”

When selecting a DAW my mentor suggested that I purchase the standard edition of Ableton (costs around $500) as this edition did not have any limitations. However, I did not want, and could not afford to spend that much money. And although we both have good intentions, we both had differing ideas on what the ‘best program’ would be. For me, it was something affordable, yet effective. For my mentor, it was something effective with no limitations.

How to agree:

“There is no contribution if you simply agree with everything”

In How to have a Beautiful Mind, Edward de Bono talks about making contributions to a conversation. During my meeting, I tried my best to pay attention to what my mentor was saying, and rather than agreeing with everything, I tried to find ideas that did not align with my logic bubble and asked about them. For example, my mentor said I should learn all the keyboard shortcuts. Although I agreed with using shortcuts for tools that I use often, I didn’t feel the need to spend time learning the shortcuts, it usually comes over time.

Goal / next step:

By the end of February, I aim to have completed 1-2 songs that have good structure.

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