ShortScale Forum Index www.shortscale.org
Head 'n Neck Above
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
UploaderUploader   ShortScale WikiBuilder

Getting over the block.

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    ShortScale Forum Index -> Playing Technique, Theory, Recording Tips, and Talk
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
kingkiller
.
.


Joined: 02 Jun 2017
Posts: 703
Location: Dumbtown, Florida

PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:27 am    Post subject: Getting over the block. Reply with quote

Iím sure thereís like a million threads on something like this but how do you guys overcome ďthe blockĒ when it comes to writing/inspiration in general? Iím not pretending that I need to be inspired all the time, I just canít seem to come up with a half decent musical idea any more frequently than once or twice in a year honestly, if that. Nothing original, anyways.
_________________
Al_ wrote:
I prefer to squeeze balls.


paul_ wrote:
Megadeth is just Infowars with palm muting and sweep picking.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Benmurray85
.
.


Joined: 25 Jan 2011
Posts: 390
Location: Colne

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive been in this situation on and off for the past 5 years or so. Here are some things I have found that have helped me;

Play with other people - anyone and as many as possible
Learn a new instrument. Or don't learn, just bash away at something
Take some time away from your chosen instrument
Listen to something new and rip it off
Find inspiration in new places. Music is everywhere. TV adverts, door bell jingles, squeaky doors, everywhere. It sounds cheesy as f**k but just look around for new sources of inspiration

I hope these help
_________________
How Terribly Rock N Roll
Mike wrote:
That's like honk squared. too much fucking honk.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
robroe
Bon Jovi Fan Club!!1


Joined: 20 Apr 2006
Posts: 45366
Location: PORNO ISLAND !

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually listen to lyrics of songs instead of just headbanging.


steal that shit and make it your own by changing some shit around.


or


R E A D A B O O K
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
George
.
.


Joined: 03 Jul 2009
Posts: 20299
Location: UK

PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's the music itself I really recommend getting a burst of lessons and knuckling down with some music theory.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
daftsupernova
.
.


Joined: 01 Jun 2012
Posts: 2473
Location: bottom of in a hell

PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

changing tunings is usually my go to for writer's block. just figure out some chords, make up some chords as i play, and just bash away until it starts sounding like a song
_________________
Doog wrote:
Tone is stored in the balls

theshadowofseattle wrote:
That's why there's two: one for pee, one for tone.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Doog
can i get uhhh


Joined: 24 Apr 2006
Posts: 19491
Location: London

PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Learn a song(s) that you really like but isn't immediately easy to pick up. I've found that will add to you 'musical vocabulary' , and add it to your brain melting pot of 'things to mash together to create something new'.

Tunings for sure; I formed a band based on dropping the low E to random lower pitches.

Pick apart the 'unoriginal' music you've been able to create. What makes it unoriginal? Can you change something about it, to make it more unique? Time signatures, tempo, guitar sounds, the way you physically attack the guitar, chord choices in general?

First and foremost, play your instrument a lot. Don't expect genius to come from sitting down one a week for 30 minutes.

There's a million Youtube tutorials and apps out there, it's really an amazing time to learn anything. I wonder if that Yousician app is any good?


Last edited by Doog on Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:47 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
gusman2x
.
.


Joined: 16 Apr 2012
Posts: 3456
Location: Manchester U.K.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benmurray85 wrote:

Play with other people - anyone and as many as possible
Learn a new instrument. Or don't learn, just bash away at something


These two are gospel.
_________________
www.lowrisemusic.com

uugh, another Manchester alt/indie band
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Freddy V-C
NOD FLANGERS


Joined: 17 May 2009
Posts: 4121
Location: Leeds

PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Partially just repeating what others have said, but hey, I'm bored at work so here's some stuff which has helped me at various points.

  • Try writing on an instrument other than your 'main' instrument. I've recently forced myself to write a couple of songs on keyboard rather than guitar. It doesn't mean the song can't have any guitars, it just forces you to approach the tonality in a different way.
  • If you're in a band, try writing as a band rather than writing on your own at home and then bringing full songs into practice. Most of my best stuff in recent years has been written by jamming it with a band; we might record ourselves on a dictaphone looping different variations on one idea for half an hour or more, and then we'll go back and reconstruct the best bits into a song.
  • Try a new guitar tuning. I'm at a point now where I find it difficult to write songs not tuned to CADGBC, which is kind of the opposite problem but at least my guitar parts sound kind of unique, ha.
  • Read a book. Two books I've read in the past couple of years which I found particularly useful for lyrical ideas were Kurt Vonnegut's 'Breakfast of Champions' and Russell Hoban's 'The Bat Tattoo'.
  • Start carrying a notebook, or at least start making regular notes in your phone (I do the latter because there's no way I'm well-organised enough to carry a notebook). I often write down words/phrases/sentences I think are funny/interesting/unsettling and then occasionally I'll go through and reconstruct a bunch of them into song lyrics.
  • Listen to shitloads of music. I've recently started to keep a list of every album I listen to for the very first time (mostly either new releases or "classics" I've somehow missed - on 17 so far since the 1st of January!) and it's made me start listening to loads of stuff because I'm like... feeling competitive with myself to make the list as long as possible. Anyway, even if the albums aren't really relevant to the stuff I'm writing, listening to this much new music is inspiring me to approach my own writing in different ways.
  • Or maybe don't listen to any music. I've definitely had periods of time where I haven't listened to anything other than the stuff I'm working on. Ages ago I remember reading about a songwriter who would read reviews of singles/albums without listening to the songs, and then try to write what he thought they might sound like.
  • Give yourself some strict limitations. I did some songwriting workshops in my first two years of uni, and the guy who led the sessions would sometimes set us very specific tasks like "Write a song with the title ____", "Write a song in _____ time signature", "Write a song with _____ chord progression", "Write a song including the word _____", etc... Obviously it might be a lot more difficult to set these tasks yourself, but I often found I came up with songs really quickly when I was working within limitations. I guess if you decided some parameters for a song before you had any musical ideas it might have a similar effect (e.g. "This song is gonna be in 7/8 and the chorus has to include the word 'balloon'.")

_________________
BEIGE PALACE // PUDDIN' // THANK
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
jcyphe
.
.


Joined: 20 Apr 2006
Posts: 16515

PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good Tips
_________________
paul_ wrote:
When are homeland security gonna get on this "2-piece King Size Snickers" horseshit that showed up a couple years ago? I've started dropping one of them on the floor of my car every time.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
robroe
Bon Jovi Fan Club!!1


Joined: 20 Apr 2006
Posts: 45366
Location: PORNO ISLAND !

PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ive noticed that listening to sports talk radio on the 45 minute car ride to and from work totally stifles all creativity.

so give up sports ? fuck sports entirely if you are trying to work on music. just throw it out completely for that period of your life until you are over the block.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
sunshiner
.
.


Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 3710
Location: Around the corner

PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sport only helps your general creative outlook(BUT KURDTZ DIDN'T DO ANY SPORT!!!), listening to shitty radio doesn't
_________________
matte30is wrote:
Someone man up and get a balloon.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
singlepup
.
.


Joined: 10 Dec 2010
Posts: 4044
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get new pedals.

Sleep deprivation.

Have a kid.

Numbers 2 & 3 sort of go together.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    ShortScale Forum Index -> Playing Technique, Theory, Recording Tips, and Talk All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group

Anti Bot Question MOD - phpBB MOD against Spam Bots
Blocked registrations / posts: 622293 / 0

Guitars at Musician's Friend

Help support this site by clicking the above link!