This is really how it is, it depends on when someone gets into chasing the magic dragon tail (then too, how long they've been at it), and how the pedals are used. They can help to be creative, or they can become a crutch, maybe something to hide behind or to use as an excuse to tool around with rather than try to write, if that' s the main goal - whether consciously or not.Maggieo wrote: ↑Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:51 amI'm just coming out of a Guitar-Cord-Amp phase and rediscovering how much fun pedals are, so I reckon this sort of stuff is cyclical. Like Cylons.Jaguar018 wrote: ↑Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:21 amMy life consists mostly of pointless noodling at this point. That is probably where most of my malaise is coming from. Playing with a purpose, whether it's with or without effects, is where the best part of playing music is.
Collecting gear can be really fun. The aesthetics of gear, for some of us-- including me-- can be entrancing. But I feel like I am a little burnt out. Planning/commissioning custom builds and rehousings just feels a little empty.
I feel like I am not the only one on here that has gone through the looking glass/rabbit hole/whatever and come out the other side. Now I am realizing what I need and don't need to be a good player and have fun. I'm tired of chasing that effects dragon's tail that is never really going to get caught.
I do feel like all of this is exactly cyclical, for almost anyone and with anything, but probably especially artists/musicians. But as intense as the chasing of the dragon trail can get, with all the gas and excitement for the newer, more powerful, better sounding, prettiest pedals, the comedown can be just as intense. I think that most musicians tend to be more introspective than a lot of other large groups of people tend to be (artists' nature and all that), so we would probably tend to be some of the first to look around and start reassessing where we're at, what exactly we're doing, especially in an expressive vs material way. And that's good, hopefully it keeps the materialism in check and allows more expressive. This can be about acquisitions, or because of success, complacency...whatever.
My point is to always try to find my medium point in the pendulum swing, and try not to go too overboard on either side. But you do have to take the ride if you buy the ticket, see where it goes, turn it back if it's going too far. But you have to figure out where those points are to find a midpoint.
But I'm here to tell ya, that isn't how it worked out for me in the pedal/amp/accessory department over the years. I have slowed down, though. I guess I could've easily gone much more overboard, but I also wasn't exactly the picture of restraint, either. I was diligent and did my research, and I have loved almost everything I bought, almost too much. Now I'm trying to stop chasing and start soaking.