Category Archives: Eric Maltz

Motivation


 

I’ve got a lot to do today. In fact, there’s always a lot to do everyday. I happen to have an amazing collection of to-do lists, a giant white board leaning on the wall, and a nagging voice in the back of my head, not to mention the emails, texts, and phone calls that come in, quickly changing my daily priorities. The writing of this blog has been on several to do lists over a two or three month period, and every time I looked at “Indaba Blog” I would sigh and check my email, or start a new song, or even better, start a new to do list for tomorrow!  Continue reading

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Use What You Have


 

I used to fight this battle on an almost daily basis. Usually the thought is something like this “If I had a…. then I could….” It almost always pertains to some sort of recording gear, or instrument that I don’t have. Some software I can’t afford, some imaginary record deal, or a recording budget that wish I had. Anything really, all I know is that everything I do have isn’t good enough! Can any of you relate to this thought process? So and so used this, I’ll never sound like that if I don’t have that same signal chain! XYZ went to ABC, so for me DEF is impossible!  Continue reading

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100 Songs


 

I’d like to follow up on my last blog post about practicing. There were so many great and varied responses it really got me thinking about the best way to practice practicing.  I know that sounds funny, but the actual act of practice requires a lot of self-control and discipline. It’s something that I’m constantly working on, and it’s always a challenge, especially when the weather has been so amazing (at least here in NYC).  Continue reading

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Practice Practice Practice


 

Practice makes perfect. It’s a pretty annoying phrase, especially when someone else says it to you in that slightly rising, know it all voice. It is, however, undeniably true. There’s only one way to get better, and that’s to take something and do it over and over again.  Continue reading

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YES!


 

“Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes!”
– Peter Venkman

            The above is one of my most favorite quotes of all time. This could quite possibly be one of the best pieces of advice to ever be given. It works for anyone in just about any situation.  My theory teacher, who was also the head of my music program in college, told us in class one day, “Always say yes, if you don’t know how to do it, you better learn”. Its one of the few things I remember from college, and also the most important.  Here are a few scenarios where I’ve applied it:  Continue reading

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