10 tips to unleash your musical creativity


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Originally published at: https://community.envato.com/10-tips-unleash-musical-creativity/

Finding the inspiration for the next piece of music or any other art form for that matter can get extremely tricky, especially under a tight deadline.

Time runs out and after playing a few notes, chords and tunes we still have nothing…

Well, at least nothing reasonable worth developing further.

Personally speaking, this situation occurs quite frequently in the music composition process, but I’ve learned to apply a few techniques that can unblock inspiration and resume the flow of original ideas:

Motion

An African American jogging in a park in the morning

Exercise daily or whenever you feel like your creative mind can’t produce any feasible results. That’s when it’s time to get up and go for a walk or run, ride a bike, swim or do any other enjoyable physical activity before resuming work. Your brain will be able to oxygenate properly, concentration increases and great ideas spark more easily.

Meditation

Young girl meditating in lotus pose

Find 10-20 minutes of free time to empty your mind and focus on your breathing. Recent studies have shown that meditation improve our focus, patience, calmness, clarity, insight and perspective. All of these states can help your creative mind tremendously, if you have the ambition to start a few simple guided meditation for beginners. Try the Headspace app, follow the free 10 day trial and notice the differences.

Peaks

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Everyone has a time of day when their productivity, energy and creativity peaks > detect yours and try taking advantage of it. Early in the morning and also during sunsets works best for me, but everyone has their own “creative clock” and we all have to “dance” by their rhythm.

Pattern break

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Do something unexpected even by your own standards: a short trip in the middle of the week, a hike at 5am to enjoy the sunrise from a hill while drinking your morning coffee, anything that makes you break the daily habit is very welcomed by our imagination “engine”.

Listen

blonde woman listening to music in black and white tense light

But not too much. Enjoy the music that inspires you. Maybe even borrow some elements from it. But don’t borrow too much, just a few “accents” or undertones, moods or techniques used by other great composers and musicians out there.

Art

Retro elegant man standing and observing a empty frame in a museum

Enjoy other art forms, whether it’s a movie, a book, a game or some paintings. You never know within which forms your next brilliant idea may lay. Sometimes we need to search in unlikely places to find unlikely, original ideas.

Create

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Daily, freely, without boundaries. Let your creative mind “gallop” without any kind of limits. Creativity is a muscle and it needs to be constantly exercised in order to become more powerful.

Framework

Idea concept with light bulbs on blue

Establish a central theme for the next music piece, sketch a few attributes and general lines, then work within these specific rules you’ve established. This way you can concentrate more on the final product and it will be easier to build with the end result in mind.

Play

Man orchestra in suit playing different music instruments

Having fun alone can fuel your creative energy. Compose with unusual instruments, change tones and experiment with different harmonies and rhythms. This technique can bring forth some great original ideas without even striving to find them.

Travel

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This is more of a long-term tip, but nevertheless, meeting new cultures and grasping the world around us can awaken the conscience and expand our perspective. Certainly a massive trigger for creativity and inspiration in many areas of our lives.

These are just a couple of ways I manage to replenish my creative willpower as a music composer before attacking another project with full force.

They may not work out in all cases, since creativity is subjective and depends on the individual perception, but that’s what makes art intriguing and beautiful.

I encourage you to test some of them out and also share your own personal techniques in the forum thread below.

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#2

Very detailed and interesting article, thank you!


#3

Great Tips & Tricks!!!

Thanks for sharing your knowledge :blush:

Digiphic Studio


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#4

Hi Manny,

Great article!
I read the following (very little) book/article a long time ago. It’s more in general a way of getting inspired, but it helps (me) to understand the proces a great deal: James Webb Young, " a technique for producing ideas" (from 1940).
Serge


#5

Yeah ! it’s all about to live a full life :slight_smile:


#6

Yep! Very nice tips. I use most of them and it really helps!


#7

Yes, sometimes the creative stagnation. Thanks for the advice! :slight_smile:


#8

Great tips dude ! The only thing you forgot is …

BEER

Beer is the world’s most widely consumed and probably the oldest alcoholic beverage; it is the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea. The production of beer is called brewing, which involves the fermentation of starches, mainly derived from cereal grains—most commonly malted barley, although wheat, maize (corn), and rice are widely used. Most beer is flavoured with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavourings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included.
Beer is also awesome for expanding your brain and creativity !

The list is final now !

:slight_smile:


#9

Thank you for sharing :ten: great tips! :slight_smile:


#10

Nice one Manny, Cheers :slight_smile:


#11

Good article! Thanks!


#12

Thank you :wink:


#13

If you’re gonna mention beer I feel like I have to mention marijuana… lol.

As long as you don’t abuse it, marijuana can definitely help you in the creative process. It’s legal where I live now in case anyone thinks I am crazy for suggesting this.

V


#14

Thanks for the good tips !


#15

Rught on dude ! :slight_smile:


#16

Good article, thanx! There are some really useful tips! :slight_smile:


#17

Excellent article! Thank you!
My scheme: bicycle, books and other composers (but not too much).


#18

Another important tip that I discovered recently is, if you’re working on a track that has a certain emotion, try finding an image that can provoke that emotion even more, and glance at it frequently as you’re trying to lay down the melodies.


#19

Interesting article, thanks :thumbsup:


#20

Thanks for the tips!