A long time ago I made a discovery that I want to share with you all so that we can debate.
I asked myself what makes the difference between an amateur composer and a pro. The answer I got was--Technique.
When I first started to compose I drilled music theory on the keyboard. I would run up and down the scales putting chords on each scale tone up to the ninth until I could do it reasonably well. That was just one of the things I did. Not just study books but actually drill the techniques until I could do it.
What I notice in a lot of demos here, no one in particular, so please don't be offended, is just plain lack of technique.
I also hear comments from others that too much music education is harmful. To me that's like saying to a pitcher that practicing is going to throw your game off. There's actually no such thing as over education, just under application of that which is learned through drilling.
So how many of you sit down everyday and just bang around some raw composition, performing and production technique? How many people really spend the time to improve their chops?