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.
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:
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.
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.