Five Sources Of Inspiration

One thing every musician struggles with every now and then is lack of inspiration. We simply stop feeling like practicing or writing and it can be something disheartening even to the most determined of us. Here are some ways to fight that feeling.

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One thing every musician struggles with every now and then is lack of inspiration. We simply stop feeling like practicing or writing and it can be something disheartening even to the most determined of us. I want to share with you today a few of my methods for getting and staying inspired. Here are my main sources of inspiration: 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. 5. Play a piece you know really really well. So far I've mainly concentrated on methods of getting inspired to write music, but practicing is equally important. I found that the best way to keep myself motivated to practice and still feeling excited about playing music is to play an easy-ish piece that is a lot of fun to play. If you get into one of those moods where it feels like nothing is working, playing a piece that is really easy can be a great motivation booster! Taken from my blog.

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    jibran
    Self-explanatory in nature. Could have done with greater depth. Decent job nonetheless.
    ajreciever14
    self-explanatory, and common sense type of things yeah, but not something you normally just think about doing. Reading lord of the rings definitely got me inspired.
    hildesaw
    I don't think most people think of other art forms as inspiration for music. And its a shame. I think some of the best lyrics or pieces of music I have come up with have been inspired by other art forms. One thing I would have added is film. Good films can do things that none of those other mediums can, and they can be really inspiring.
    crazysam23_Atax
    The problem is good films. People define good films differently. Btw, I loved this:
    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.
    So damn true! Haha
    Zeletros
    Meh. I get to write cool songs once in a while. I just wait until it comes.
    Fender Dane.
    Another trick is to be impulsive. If you find yourself humming something catchy or you just thought of an interesting sentences for god sake write it down or play it as soon as possiple. Even a simple rythm you thought of while waiting for the bus can turn into a song. Even if it don't, it's still good practice.
    TheDissident
    Fender Dane. wrote: Another trick is to be impulsive. If you find yourself humming something catchy or you just thought of an interesting sentences for god sake write it down or play it as soon as possiple. Even a simple rythm you thought of while waiting for the bus can turn into a song. Even if it don't, it's still good practice.
    ... nothing worse that when you put it off until later and then realize that you completely forgotten the line/tune. Worst feeling haha
    hildesaw
    crazysam23_Atax wrote: The problem is good films. People define good films differently.
    I meant good as something that you like/makes you think. You could say the same thing about art, music, poetry, etc.
    VMNTXdave100
    this is happening to me right now and it is awful nothing i already know how to play is doing it for me. and i dont feel like learning anything new. this article didnt help at all either
    camy1
    i would just like to say thanks for your time writing great pieces of information ive read quite alot of your stuff and found it very helpful :]
    lynnkrois
    Thank you, 4 is working. Having a little walk outdoors helps me too, it makes me forget about my lack of inspiration and after I get home I always feel like playing (for me, it doesn't matter where I walk, in a forest or in a big industrial city). And I often have a sleep when I feel unable to go on playing... but I don't think it's a very good idea