Here’s a lesson, from the last few years:
It is important that whatever creative tools you choose to own…You USE THEM as often as you can. You use them, regardless of quality.
Consider: I have seem some amazing photos taken with very good camera gear. I have also seen some AMAZING photos taken with phone cameras. A huge part of good photography is framing…Catching the right things, at the right distance, in the right frame/light/time. This is true whether you are shooting with DSLR or a point and shoot.
This holds true for ALL creative things I have done…Painting, photography, sculpting, music, spoken word…It is IMPORTANT that you do the thing, regardless of what gear you have. Waiting for that better microphone, that better easel, or paints, or chisels, is NOT making you a better artist. Waiting on that long lens is not making you a better photographer…It is actually inhibiting you. I know that you are going to find the LIMITS of your gear (as I did, last week, trying to record a full band on my portable recorder)…I KNOW you are going to think that is a FAILURE (I sure did)…But it is not a failure. It is THEN that you consider the equipment to overcome the limitation…And consider whether it is that important, at all.
Witness today’s podcast: I recorded Alex on two mics: A $110 dollar condenser mic (the same one I use daily to record my voice for the podcast), and a $29 Behringer handheld dynamic mic…NEITHER of which should be anyone’s “go to” setup for music recording. But we caught lightning in a bottle. That would NOT have happened, if I had waited for better gear. Some of the early recordings I made with this gear were bad…Unlistenable, in fact. But they were NOT failures, because they got me ready for today…And catching Alex Siniari today was lightning in a bottle…The conversation was deeply spiritual (you can hear more of THAT this weekend on the Saturday Music Cast), and the songs were lovely.
So, there it is: Use the gear you HAVE, today. Record something! Play something…PAINT something, but use the gear. Find it’s limits. Make the thing!