When creating and distributing music, one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal is the ability to socialise and collaborate.

To work jointly on an activity or project. “he collaborated with him on numerous musical projects”

(Google definitions)

To some, this may seem a world away from what they’re use to but in a lot of cases it can be as easy as dropping a peer, idol or friend a message, or liking their content and opening a line of communication between the two of you. For instance, I spend a small amount of time each day combing social networking sites for content and people that I really vibe with, so as to bridge a small gap between us and start a possible friendship / collaboration. Small steps are the most important in situations like this and for those of you who aren’t as socially charismatic, just interacting with other people’s content can be the small step that makes a difference, you don’t need to open straight away with a witty, wordplay, Tinder openers of sorts, just be present in their page.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, be brave, have confidence in yourself and let your peers see what they’re missing! Get talking, get socialising and stay blessed.

One such situation recently happened to me, here is the story…

The call to arms:

Late last night my long time friend and musical ally from Australia dropped two others and myself a motivating message:

Hey guys, hope you’re all doing well, I had an idea that I thought might be fun to kill some time whilst we’re in lockdown involving writing a bit of music. I figured it could be cool for each of us to write a section of a song, or like the framework of one, and then pass it to the next person to add something, and then along to the next person until there’s pretty much a full song there. Obviously this would be a pretty low pressure kind of deal and just something to get the creative juices flowing, but if it’s not your cup of tea then no worries. I’m off to bed now so let me know what you think!

(Australian friend)

Now, it’s at this point I must let you know, we are all guitarists and between us have a decent amount of musical knowledge, so this had the potential to be something very interesting and at least, something damn fun.

We all agreed to participate, and now begins the process of deciding the guidelines for this little project of ours.

The Preparation:

First things first, tones! Two of us currently hold decent amp profiling capabilities, in the form of “Helix Native” & “AxeFX 2 XL+”, and that will be a great asset to the project. For the sake of continuity we decided to possibly create a base amp profile within “Logic ProX” that we could all work from and then re-amp with either Helix or the Axe Fx at a later date.

Using different guitars will also bring spice to each of our respective recordings, which will need to be taken into account when creating the amp profiles.

Second thing to consider is tunings, for some guitarists it’s a very natural thing to switch between tunings and get creative in a variety of such, others will swear to certain tunings and stand by them till death, thankfully we are the first of that type.

Although we are all currently having one night stands with different tunings we agreed upon our first for the project, Drop D.

The final point on the list would be genre, and to keep it short and sweet, we decided that genre in this specific instance didn’t matter. We wanted whatever we created to be open to interpretation, not held down by a specific genre.

There you have it, the beginning of a collaboration born from an inspirational thought half way across the world. Ingenuity and opportunity can come from anywhere at any time and you’ve just got to be willing to jump on the bandwagon. Be ready, be enthusiastic and, most of all, HAVE FUN!

I’ll keep you all updated.

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