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4 Simple Ways To Get Inspired And Stay That Way

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Now before you read on, I must be honest. This has actually been posted by me before on my old blog, but I think it applies here as well. I hope you find it helpful.

One thing every musician struggles with every now and then is lack of inspiration. We simply stop feeling like making music and it can be something disheartening even to the most determined of us. Your motivation drops, your music remains unfinished, and you just want to quit forever. Today I’m going to share with you some of the things I do to get myself inspired, and I guarantee you won’t be able to get back in the studio soon enough.

1. Art.

Many a great piece of music were inspired by a painting or sculpture. Try to look at some visual art and see what it makes you feel. I enjoy going to an art gallery or museum and just perusing the artworks for a few hours. More often than not I come out with new music in my head, that I can’t wait to try to play when I get home. Art galleries and museums also have the benefit of usually being quiet, unless a school trip comes along or something.

2. Literature

Nothing like sitting down with a good book for a few hours. A good book will make you see images in your head, you will imagine yourself to be part of the plot. This can lead to some cool sounds originating in your head. Likewise with poetry. In fact, I often consider a new piece of music I write as a poem in sound. Poetry often has everything that a piece of music would – tempo, rhythm, melody, meter.. I strongly encourage you to read something interesting.

3. Other music

DUH! It might seem a bit counter intuitive to listen to music written by someone else when you are trying to write new original music. However, in reality, I think nothing can motivate me as much to practice and get better than listening to someone else. Furthermore, a good way to see what can still be done in music is to look at what has been done. Just don’t do what all those indie bands you hear on the radio are doing and copy stuff from the 70s and 80s. That’s shit. We’re only interested in new stuff.

4. Sit in silence

If you’re anything like me, and judging by the fact that you’re reading this I’ll guess you are, you probably hear music in your head all the time. That’s why I suggest sitting around in silence for a while. First, you’re likely to start hearing songs you know that you’ve heard. Then, after a while, if you discard those songs, you can start imagining your own music. This is how I’ve come up with some of my best ideas, so I highly recommend this to you.

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Written by majorshake

May 20, 2011 at 3:44 am

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