#1
so, after leaving my first band (the only REAL band ive ever been in. playing shows and such), i can not write anything! ive been trying for like 2 months to write stuff, and ive only written one song that is just put together from a whole bunch of stuff i had from when i was with my first band!
does anybody have any idea why? im starting to dread the whole process now, which in turn is making me start to dread picking up my guitar or even trying to write stuff. it sucks.

im talking both music and lyrics by the way.
#2
what works for me when im stuck in a rut is to just stop playing and writing for a few days and maybe just play a different instrument. usually then wen i go back and play i come up with ideas that i never thought i wouldve. just take a break for a little bit and stop trying to force it, let it come naturally.
#3
everyone gets writers block just ride it out
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#4
If you can read sheet music, go down to your city library, and go get a book of sheet music for another instrument.
Learn the songs, or parts of it. Should give you more inspiration.
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#5
^ i cant read sheet music.

the only other instrument i can play is the drums. and i dont even have a set.

oh, and badass name TenaciousLSD. haha
#6
I write alot better on piano than guitar. I always feel really limited on guitar, everything I do sounds the same.
#7
Try learning songs from a genre you don't usually play. Also, switching instruments is always good.


Or just toke for inspiration.
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#8
^Weed and other niceties only work if you know how to fix up your ideas later. You can get the beginnings of a song when your high, but you can't perfect a song when your high. When you learn all the conventions, songwriting takes to much thinking to do high, it's like problem solving.

My advice op? Write a singing melody, apply words to said singing melody, find the chords which fit best (first note of every bar should be a chord tone) and tell your drummer and bassist to improvise basslines/drumlines. Instant song.
#9
personally i very rarely get inspired enough to write a full song, but when i do i usually get 2 or 3 done and i'll only like one of them. it takes a lot to get me inspired, but lately i've been breaking out of that and seeing inspiration everywhere. once you know what to look for it becomes much easier. try to organize a day out with your friends to do something you've never done before and take in the scenery and events (eg, today i went into the city by train with my mate and couldnt help but notice that everyone seems so depressed, and that mostly everyone does pretty much exactly the same thing), or go and buy a cd of a band you've never heard of and listen to it over and over for a little while.
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#10
I know how hard it is to go from writing songs for a band to writing songs for yourself. Just figure out what kind of music it is you want to make and make a fresh start.
#11
Well.. Just write a song about something that means something to you. Be that an opinion, a principle, an event, a feeling, whatever. And then make music to it.. In my experience, when you make a song about something you care for or about, the result will most likely come no matter what block you're in. And maybe it can even.. End the.. block? xD

I have no idea.. But it sounds pretty good to me, hehe.
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#12
Oh.. or.. three magic letters. L S D .. Creativity won't leave you alone.
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#13
Quote by Northernmight
Oh.. or.. three magic letters. L S D .. Creativity won't leave you alone.


on some real ****, i just tripped. and im about halfway into a new song! hell yeah.
haha, go figure.
#14
guitar theory can help, learn something new, a newtechnique on guitar and ty using it in a song, it worked brilliantly for me back when I was learning new techniques
#15
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Try learning songs from a genre you don't usually play. Also, switching instruments is always good.


Or just toke for inspiration.



Weed usually f*cks my hand eye coordination in the @sshole, and I can't play for sh*t while high. I suggest not doing this. Although what I've found that works is listen to some stuff while high and it'll give you ideas for different riffs that you can go back to after you've come down (if you can remember anything at that point, lol).
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#16
this is how i write my songs

*turn on the shower, get in*

"lalalala dododo DDDDD ragh ragh ragggghhh dododododd *double bass* ragggh"

then I run to my computer start recording and sing it into the mic.
next I translate it into guitar and I'm already writing the guitar,drums and bass parts in guitar pro.

I show my band, they like it I like it we're happy.

a few days later I get pissed off or think really hard about something that's been on my mind- write lyrics about it then add it to the song.

another aweosome bro0otal sounding song shipped off for the whole band to practice.

or you could just try jamming with yourself till you get something cool sounding.
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#17
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so, after leaving my first band (the only REAL band ive ever been in. playing shows and such), i can not write anything! ive been trying for like 2 months to write stuff, and ive only written one song that is just put together from a whole bunch of stuff i had from when i was with my first band!
does anybody have any idea why? im starting to dread the whole process now, which in turn is making me start to dread picking up my guitar or even trying to write stuff. it sucks.

im talking both music and lyrics by the way.


You cant force good song writing, good things come to those who wait
#18
My cure for writer's block has always been to put a freeze on everything musical(i don't even listen to my favorite bands). I just vegg out for a few days w/video games n movies and then I'll randomly get inspired.
Just because I play the drums doesn't mean I suck at guitar, or ams that I's iz stoopidz.


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#19
Yep, you have to get inspired. I have never seen a songwriter write a great song that didn't come from some type of real life experience. What you need to do is find a topic that brings out emotions in you to write about. If you are writing about something you care nothing about then the lyrics wont come through with passion and the way they will be written will be in a systematic boring way which never does well.

I do not write myself but know a few accomplished writers and when they get writers block they just take a piece of paper and write in their heads whatever comes to mind no matter if it makes sense or not. They say once they take a look back at the paper after doing this for 5 minutes they will come up with a few more ideas.