Learning From Seurat – Making Better Music

Last week I visited an awesome art museum. And guess what – I actually learned something that applies to music!

I’m sure you’ve seen this painting before – George Seurat’s masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. (You’ll know it when you see it!)

It’s apparently a groundbreaking work in the art community, but there is something interesting about this work and how it was completed.

And learning how he did it can actually help you become a better producer.

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He did 24 studies – little versions of similar works – before even attempting the massive masterpiece.

That’s right, he didn’t just sit down one Sunday afternoon and decide to paint what he saw.

Which is what we sometimes do with music – and it can be problematic.

Seurat planned and practiced before creating the final work – and we should do the same thing with our music.

Creating mini songs is a great way to practice and try different ideas out. Once you have all the ideas sorted out, then it’s time to make a plan.

A detailed plan is important, and you can do it pretty easily. Just write down all of the steps it’s going to take to complete the project. “Record drums, then bass, then guitars, etc.”

Then, fill in the details. Add notes about what guitar you’re going to use, what plugins will be in your chain, and how many kicks and snares you’re going to stack.

It doesn’t have to be down to the “t”, but having a rough idea will certain help you stay organized and get more done in the studio.

Once you’ve got that all sorted out, you’ll be in much better shape to actually execute your project. Just like Seurat, you’ll be prepared to succeed with proper practice and a good plan. Happy planning! 🙂

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