How to Enjoy Making Music AgainPosted by Mike Schuck
This article will give 10 tips for inspiring yourself into making music again
Making music is one of life’s simple pleasures. When I was younger I used to spend a lot of time getting my equipment together, buying new recording equipment, learning and practicing guitar, getting a DJ set up, going to gigs and finding the best festival line-ups. I had it all planned out.
The Songwriter (or Composer) must be a well-balanced person to continue creating music. Good sleep, exercise and social life is a must!
When you lose the desire to create music, stop and relax for a little bit. As I've said before, there is no good reason to stop making music.
Take a break from it. Take a breath, re-evaluate, and see if the desire returns. When it does, take it, it is okay.
I have found my urge to create music has come back with renewed energy when I relax and not worry about my schedule, business, and responsibilities.
Life is too short to make music because of obligation. Just because you have the means to do something, doesn't mean you should.
Take your time, create when the inspiration is there.
1. Make time to rest
Get a routine, like working out. I run three miles a day, I bike every weekday, and I lift weights at the gym.
It doesn't matter how old you are, having a routine is good for your health, and a good schedule helps to set an inspiring tone.
Sleep too. Make sure you get at least 6 hours of sleep every night.
Be inspired by the inspiration and not what other people think you should be doing.
2. Make sure you take a break
When you want to create music, take a rest to regroup, recharge, and regain your mental stamina.
When you feel the inspiration returning, run with it, don't feel guilty.
This will encourage you to create, by inspiring you to create.
3. Get organized
Lack of organization can be a great detriment to a budding musician.
Create a system that makes things easy for yourself. Have an idea of where you want to be with your music and stick to it.
4. Get back in touch with friends
After doing nothing for a while, find a friend or family member you haven't seen in a while and call them up. Start a new project together.
For me, I've written songs with my son, played music on his ukulele and piano, sung him to sleep, and much more.
5. Make a schedule
Creating music, from writing the lyrics, to recording the music, is a creative process.
It takes time to do it right, but with a good schedule it becomes easier.
Schedule out this weekend for making music
If you make the time, you will do it and enjoy it.
Schedule time for writing, for composing music, to arrange your songs, or even just to play around with the guitar and create songs.
6. Watch live music
Whether it be PBS, or MTV, or YouTube videos, find something you love and start watching it again.
Notice that I didn't start with listening to music. Listening to music is a great way to get inspired but we are such visual creatures that I think the way to fall in love with music again is by seeing it live.
7. Make music
Open up a logic file or pick up your guitar or keyboard and begin.
Create in the moment, don't let your mind wander, feel the music. Don't try to make the best song ever, just do what feels natural.
Music is your friend and can help you relax, and it can also help with anxiety and depression.
8. Get a hobby
Find another creative pursuit that you love. It doesn't have to be music, but it could be something like art or photography that you do while listening to music.
We all need an outlet to express ourselves and to keep our minds creative and stimulated.
9. Have fun
Try something you've always wanted to try, not sure if you can do it, just go for it.
Take a few classes or try a new hobby. Find something you're interested in.
10. Listen to music
Listening to music is good for inspiration! Start by listening to something that you haven't heard for a long time.
Don't put on what you've been listening to recently, maybe not even something modern.
Maybe put on a record that your parents introduced to or a record you used to listen to when you were young.
Be happy and create!
Take time to take in the music that inspires you, and it can be an excellent way to escape the craziness in your life.
Making music is the same, it helps us therapeutically get out the inner creativity that each day it seems like we have less time for.
As always, if you have any questions, or need some encouragement to continue, please reach out to us.
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