I have been lucky to have grown up around technology.  I like to think of myself as a little ahead of the curve when it comes to using advances in technology in my life.

I am a musician, I’ve been writing and recording my own songs for nearly 13 years.  In that time period much has changed. I started out with a guitar, a $20 microphone, and a 4-track tape machine.  Unless I had friends over to my house, recording was largely a solo venture in my early years.

Today, with the high speeds of the internet, Digital Audio Workstations, and Youtube of all things, music writing doesn’t have to be so solitary.  Now sure, I’ve also played in bands for the past 12 years, but there are times when not everyone can make it to a session.  Technology again comes to the rescue.

Online musical collaboration has grown exponentially in recent years.  I could have an idea, lay down the guitar track, and then send it off to any point on the globe to be added to.  Entire songs can be started and completed by total strangers.  This online collaboration is also helpful in a band environment.  If for some reason I can’t make it to a recording session, I can simply lay down my parts in the comfort of my own home, and then send them to the rest of the band to be added to the project.  It really can be done completely without leaving home.

An interesting article highlighting many uses of online collaboration may be found at http://blog.sherweb.com/internet-music-collaboration/

Technology hasn’t only helped with musical collaboration, but really in many facets of the music experience.  10 years ago, if one wished to learn guitar, piano, or any other instrument, they would need to pay a teacher.  I have been personally playing guitar for 19 years.  I took lessons for many of my early years.  My parents spent thousands of dollars on my musical education.  Technology can save that money, which can be used to buy nicer gear, or nicer technology.  Anything that I could want to know about playing an instrument can be found online.  I find it very handy to google a certain variation of a diminished 7th chord, or watch a video showing exactly how to play a song.  The negative impact is that there are now fewer demands for private music instructors.  When I was younger I had considered giving guitar lessons as a job while I went to college.  Thanks to technology, the demand is just too small.  I guess I could always try to sell instructional videos or give e-lessons as demonstrated here: http://www.musicedmagic.com/computers/ejamming-and-online-music-instruction.html