1 Posted on 06/16/2015 at 15:23:54
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2 Posted on 06/17/2015 at 11:14:49
Thank you Mike,
I confirm from my experience that your recommendations work.
If you allow me, I would add my recommendation. However, it may not work for everyone, but it's worth trying.
"Find an excuse to get away from your 'cell' and go outside just for a short 10-20 mins walk to breath in some air and stroll.
My own walking tempo is close to 117 BPM i.e. Beatles' "It's getting better all the time" but, if you're into modern dance music, it's not necessary that you need to walk at 130 BPM You'll see that your body will naturally adjust your pace tempo to 65 BPM which is half of that.
Walking at certain tempo (like dancing) in this case involves your body into creative process, it cleans your mind from anything irrelevant to that tempo.
Don't forget to take your smartphone to record the new melodic ideas. "
3 Posted on 06/18/2015 at 03:14:24
Great tips, most of which I've always done. Jamming with myself and/or adding a drum loop and playing a long is usually the way every song I have starts. The problem is, I'm not good at programming drums, so if I start an idea from jamming with a drum loop, I usually get lazy, loop that same loop and vary the vocals/guitars, then find another loop for a bridge/chorus/etc. Needless to say, all the loop usage really takes the energy out of a finished song :/
I'm also employing the 'listening to other artists' idea. Not to come up with different musical ideas, per se, but rather to come up with different structural ideas. I find myself sometimes getting stuck in verse/chorus/verse/bridge/chorus or otherwise restricted structures, when in general, songs have fills and little breaks and subtle changes all the time.
Nice idea from Alex above, I might give that a go. It's true, I usually walk to the tempo of whatever song I'm listening to. Needless to say, this sometimes complicates mounting stairs when the tempo is high
4 Posted on 06/18/2015 at 05:04:00
I like Alex's "walking in tempo" idea, too. It makes me wonder if musicians who are into running tend to write very fast songs.
5 Posted on 06/19/2015 at 12:33:36
In reply to Mike's last:
No, running tempo is not too fast unless you're a sprinter.
I'd guess that jogging is only around 105-110.
6 Posted on 06/21/2015 at 19:44:22
I guess joggers must write a lot of mid-tempo songs.