Think about your answer to this question:
If someone from the 1950’s appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about today?
There are lot of answers to this question. It showed up on reddit a few years ago, and the favorite answer was this:
I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers
Our tools take a big part in determing how we do our work. It’s worth it to take time and decide whether it’s working or not.
How productive are you when on a web browser vs. opening up a new note in Evernote? How useful is the content you post to Facebook vs. what you write in a lengthy email to a colleague? Or a blog post vs. a tweet?
In the music business our most common tool is our instrument. The second most common is probably a computer. For a tech worker the text editor or IDE. Are we setting up our tools to allow us to work at our best. Or are we allowing the tools to shape the way we work?
Programmers everywhere will tell you that your choice of programming language has a big impact on how you view the task of programming. Methods that are obvious in one language are rare in another. The programmer who spends all their time in one language will display a strong preference for whatever is most common in their preferred toolkit. The toolkit is determining the results.
For musicians, we do the same. If we spend most of our time playing an instrument, we avoid writing and arranging. If we do our socializing on Facebook we’ll probably use it as our marketing tool of choice. If we write music in Sibelius or Finale, we’ll almost never use tricks that aren’t easy to notate. If we don’t learn how to read music we’ll never write songs with complex counterpoint. Or use complicated forms that are hard to remember.
We are craftsman. And a craftsman cares about their toolset. What devices, analog and electronic, are you using on a regular basis? What’s your hammer and screwdriver?