Nice article with useful tips as in the other sticky topic here in the Tracking section :thumbup:
One thing that can't be underlined too much in my opinion is patience. As good as these tips are, I think that the great majority will have to have certain amounts of determination and true intrest in music to keep oneself focused on the matter. If one can track good tunes in a few days, that's extremely good for him/her, but I doubt that a few beginning artists can manage to learn to track even as soon as Eagle did. So if your tracking doesn't seem to work in a week or a month or a year, but you're still having fun, then keep on doing it!
Back in the days when a friend showed me a tracker and played some tunes and it was so exteremely cool and interesting but I mostly spent the first year playing Nibbles on FT2 (I was about 12 at the time, it was really neat back then :oops:) and listening to the best modules I could find. Then slowly I started to create something and then after a moderate evolvement curve from your basic-itsy-bitsy-spiders etc to some original material I suddenly noticed that my songs were listenable and even other people then myself were enjoying them :lol:
Maybe if I had seen these kind of tips I might have gotten the hang of it sooner, but that's a big maybe. I'd have probably done just as I did
There's no easy solution that would qualify for everyone, and I'd like to underline that a beginning tracker needs patience and healthy confidence. Ofcourse tracking gets frustrating at times, it does for everyone, but if you still get back to your favourite tracker after a while, you've chosen the right path on tracking.
Sorry for the long post, one last note that came to mind while ranting and getting even cheesy at times, is the fact that when you get criticism from a song, take it the right way or atleast learn to try to do so. Flames and such can be disregarded but good constructive criticism is really a priceless tip and a pathway to find things to develop in one's songs. Ok, now I'll just shut up and post this. :roll: