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Keys to Musical Creativity
Jeffrey P. Fisher
In the music business, creativity rules. Follow these specific techniques
and strategies to tap into your creative wellspring.
Get a well-rounded education
The more you know about a variety of subjects, the better prepared you
are to use the material in your creative work. You have a bigger well to
draw from and that can help you explore the deeper recesses of your
Read, watch, experience
Always keep expanding your knowledge and looking for new information
and connections. Don't be surprised when seemingly unrelated material
combines in a new way and sparks your muse. Feed your mind and it will
reward you with what you need to make your music better.
Keep a journal that helps you make sense of your world. All those things
you read, see, and experience need focus and meaning to be useful.
Record your thoughts, ideas, aspirations, and more on paper. Don't just
file the journal away, though. Refer to it and use it as a creative tool.
Clear the clutter
Get rid of the physical and mental impediments to your creativity. A
messy home/office/workspace coupled to an equally messy life will
interfere with your ability to make music. Get your act (and life) together
Understand the four main steps to the creative process.
Not every piece you do will follow these steps exactly, but what you may
discover is that overall, most creative people follow this process
unconsciously. Knowing this can help you get through the "writer's
block" we often face during step two (below).
1] Collect material.
You usually jot ideas down, strum a few chords,
maybe even the hint of a melody. This is often just playing around; the
musical equivalent of doodling. You are usually unfocused and
You appear to be doing little, if anything. You may feel
frustrated at this point because you just can't seem to do anything good.
However, this is often the crucial step that lets ideas swim around in
your brain waiting for the spark.
Suddenly everything just starts flowing and you scribble
down the lyrics, chords, melody, and perhaps start recording, too. This
step is usually effortless and your work seems to come from beyond you.
Now the hard work begins as you start pulling together
what you did into a cohesive musical piece. You make something special
out of your creation and give it the polish it needs to be real.
Put these ideas into practice and unleash the creativity you need to do
your best musical work.
That's just a sampling of tips available through my "Moneymaking
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