Are you a musician? Photographer? A hobbyist or fanatic of any form? Then you will have heard of GAS, or Gear-Acquisition Syndrome, a semi-metaphorical compulsion that afflicts us, wastes our money and time, and distracts us from our passions.
We’ll use music as the instance right here, however the issue applies equally to some other area the place you should purchase gear. Even a knitter is tempted by that sweet-looking set of hardwood round needles or a dozen skeins of recent yarn, and so forth.
Over on the Elektronauts discussion board, a pleasant and useful house for digital musicians, a brand new thread has taken off. It is devoted to not shopping for any new gear in 2022. As an alternative of strolling the infinite travelator of shopping for and promoting, members will use what they have already got and go deep, studying their devices and making music.
“As an example, it is easy to get caught up shopping for approach an excessive amount of for each risk, however in actuality, our wants are sometimes far more modest. I am not a professional audio engineer, so I haven’t got the identical wants as somebody that does this 8-10 hours a day for a dwelling,” musician DimensionsTomorrow says within the Elektronauts discussion board. “In actuality, I’ve at finest 8-10 hours every week, so I ought to all the time maintain that in thoughts. A way more modest setup is prone to produce significantly better outcomes than having my consideration divided amongst too many issues, all of which should be realized for use correctly.”
It occurs so quick. One second you are googling to search out out about taking part in an add ninth chord on a piano keyboard, you then see a neat grid controller that performs chords with a single key. Then, two hours later, you have researched each MIDI controller, moved up the ladder of options, and satisfied your self that you simply want the easiest of them.
Then, when it arrives within the mail, you hook it up and study the fundamentals, however your coronary heart is already set on the subsequent new factor. Not solely is that this a waste of cash, but it surely’s additionally a waste of your time.
“Then I began GASing… the analysis, the subsequent good thing, the shopping for, returning or promoting, YouTube-ing,” says digital musician Clarke_111.
That is time you possibly can spend really making music. And whenever you do make music, immersing your self within the inventive course of as a substitute of the consuming course of, you in all probability really feel nice. Even if you happen to do not find yourself with something value utilizing, the method itself is nourishing in a approach that buying by no means is.
There is a joke I’ve learn a number of occasions on numerous boards. In it, the teller half admits that their interest just isn’t music, however shopping for, promoting, and arranging synthesizers, or amassing digicam lenses, and so forth.
As a joke, it is extra of a confession. With this degree of consciousness, why can we maintain shopping for as a substitute of simply making music?
Partly as a result of it is simpler. In some unspecified time in the future, your instrument will frustrate you. Perhaps you may’t play that chord development or melody in your guitar. You could possibly persevere or go searching for a brand new guitar pedal.
“A way more modest setup is prone to produce significantly better outcomes than having my consideration divided amongst too many issues…”
One other a part of the issue is the boards and the web sites that cater to the interest or occupation. Have a look on YouTube, and the most well-liked channels are people who take a look at and evaluation gear, not those that train you music concept. On boards, we talk about gear, not method. Should you check out any on-line guitar neighborhood, you will study that the key to Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour’s legendary sound is the precise mannequin of fuzz pedal he makes use of and never his ability as a participant.
New gear guarantees to show us into higher musicians with no effort. The fact is that you simply simply have one other black field to distract you and make you are feeling responsible for not utilizing it.
“The actual gratification we search is creative, it’ll take time, and it will not be magically granted to us by merely making a pledge. Within the meantime, there can be that vacant feeling solely consumerism can fill. And we’re specialists at rationalizing our subsequent buy. Combat the urge!” elementary instrumental music trainer aMunchkinElfGraduate says within the discussion board.
If that is acquainted to you, it’s possible you’ll need to be part of the pledge to go deeper, not wider. As an alternative of losing time, cash, and psychological bandwidth on acquisition, we create and discover. And after some time, it’s possible you’ll find yourself like a recovering addict, in a position to stroll previous the tobacconist or liquor retailer with out feeling the urge to go in and purchase.