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 Post subject: Getting out of a rut
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:19 pm 
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I'm sure we all know the feeling, you can't seem to come up with anything satisfactory and everything you play starts to sound the same, yes, you're in a rut.

Any creative tips for getting out of it?

My personal way of doing this is to switch instruments (guitar <--> bass <--> keyboard) for a while. I find, for instance, that switching to keyboard (with a nice mellow piano patch usually) from guitar will force me to try different things - mainly because I can't play my guitar stuff on keyboard :P

Another thingI sometimes do is to try and learn a cover version of something I wouldn't normally consider. This can open me up to fresh chord progressions and/or melodic ideas.

Anyone else?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:30 pm 
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Switch instruments. Switch to an open tuning on your guitar.

Another thing that works for me is to completely tear down the studio, give it a good cleaning and build it all back up.


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I used to use TurboPascal to generate random numbers and send them to the tone generator. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:20 pm 
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I just stay away from my guitars and recording gear for a few days till I start suffering from withdrawal......that usually does the trick.

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Being around other players always inspires me , then I tear down the studio like Bob! :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:40 am 
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Bartman wrote:
I just stay away from my guitars and recording gear for a few days till I start suffering from withdrawal......that usually does the trick.

Gary


Thats my method too. Sometimes you need to just take a break and do some living.


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 Post subject: key
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:35 am 
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Those are all good ideas. Here's another: try a new key. If you've always written in, say, G or D, try E. or A. Or something weird. B flat. B minor. Slap a capo on the 3rd fret and play in G or D. It will sound different, maybe inspire something new.

If you have a drum machine, put on a beat that you never use, and try to come up with some music for that beat.

Walk around your neighborhood or a park, and try to come up with a new melody. Bring a mini-cassette or ipod with a microphone and record it. Or just make random observations of what you see for lyrical ideas. An empty baby carriage in the front yard. A tattered flag flying from an old house that badly needs paint. (Those are from my own block). Maybe they'll be of use in a song some day.

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Another idea is to write to someone else's words. I will find a poem that I like, I've used Dylan Thomas, W B Yeats, and even Dr. Seuss, and write to those words.


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 Post subject: You bet
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I will find a poem that I like, I've used Dylan Thomas, W B Yeats, and even Dr. Seuss, and write to those words.


Worked out well for Alan Parsons. 8)

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Working with other musicians - after a few months away from it all concentrating on other matters, it's been a revelation recently to be back playing.

On top of that I no longer have to bother my arse with recording chores - what a blessing!

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Buy a new piece of gear. Always helps me!

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