Hey Hayden - yes, I try to do at least some ear training daily if I can - I have a bunch of exercises from a course I did last year, or maybe I’ll just try to work out a melody by ear, or chords. It does take time to learn, and by failing forward too! My journey into making my own music came from being a hobbyist DJ and then re-editor/mixer but I had no music background before this other than as a listener… I mainly taught myself music theory relevant to funk and soul. Even up till recently I actually drew the MIDI notes straight into Ableton Live for melody and chords and had note label stickers on my keyboard keys!
The stabilisers have been off for a couple of months now and it feels good. I had produced a lot of stuff over an 18 month- 2 year period (mainly influenced as a relative newbie by a ‘more is more’ mindset from some producers I’d met online) - 2 albums worth - but I really worked myself into a rut. I’m giving myself a rough goal of an EP worth of new stuff by about October this year, but I already have some rough ( = rubbish) ideas that I can draw on. I’m happy to spend as much time as I need to in enjoying learning and learning to adapt jazz harmony and technique. There are no expectations, this is just my general goal.
I’d be totally happy to PM you a link to my existing stuff on Bandcamp if you like, but I would stress it is very amateur > I took it very seriously at the time, but like I say, I was using a quantity over quality approach at the time!
Thanks again for your time in responding and encouraging.