I agree with all this information and it does put things into a great perspective. Music is supposed to be enjoyed and especially like the rule about not reading the manual. I honestly think you should read the manual and then create new ways of doing something afterwards so will go against the grain. But if you don't know the direction of the grain how could you possibly go against it.
good thread of information, but i must say rules are meant to be broken, you can follow these but also go in with an open mind and maybe step out of the comfort zone. you wont get to far following every other producers footsteps.. thats just my opinion..
BEST WAY TO GO ABOUT IS THE WAY THAT IS MOST FUN