Why You Shoud Write Music Even When You Don't Feel Like It
Todd Simpson
Apr 15 2021, 05:45 AM
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Some folks seem very prolific. Others not so much. Truth is, it's less about inspiration than perspiration. Writing riffs, writing music is just about like playing guitar. It's a skill. It takes time, it takes effort, it takes enormous amounts of focus. People tend to think that inspiration is sorta like magic fairy dust. It just "happens". Without it, the magic is not there. While it's true, having inspiration in the moment is an amazing thing. A wonderful and rare gift. However, writing music of any kind is still just a skill and unless we work on it just goes away.

They say you never forget how to ride a bike and it's true smile.gif You won't forget how to play guitar even if you put it down for years. Your hands will remember. They won't remember everything, but even after years of not playing you can still play something. Like any skill, or muscle, the more it's used, the better. Writing solos, writing riffs, writing songs, writing poetry. It's all about leveraging the skills you have acquired to create something that was not there before. To be sure, "there is nothing new under the sun" so don't bash on yourself if you write something familiar. It's the most sincere form of flattery. "good artists borrow, great artists steal" as they say. It's important to add something original to whatever your doing. It's certainly no shame to borrow from the things that have inspired you.

Personally, I've always enjoyed writing guitar solos. It never ceases to amaze me when I hear famous players talking about how they HATE to write solos. For me it's the most enjoyable part of the entire process. The only reason I would write a song is to make an interesting place to put a solo in it. But that's just me. I've always loved good guitar solos. More so than songs. Probably why I don't write a lot of songs, but I do tend to collab with folks from all over the planet by adding guitar solos to their songs. My first collaboration with a German band called DARKNESS LIGHT was to have them re write a song I'd not been able to finish for 10 years. They did a great job putting it together and created a great solo section that I had a wonderful time with.

I think that part is important. To find what you are drawn to as putting time in to that never feels like work. I have spent endless hours making notes fit in to songs using the guitar and creating guitar solos. It's just fun. I love doing it. Not everyone does. Some folks hate it. Some folks like writing riffs. Some like writing full songs. Whatever you feel drawn to, embrace it. The chinese have a saying "A man who does what he loves never works a day in his life".

I've packed this article with several well worn sayings. I have found truth in all of them. Also I"ve found truth in diving head long in to what you like doing. It's through consistent work that our creativity truly finds it's fullest flower IMHO. Consistency in guitar practice, song writing, etc. Try to find your "thing" and be consistent.

This article on reverb.com was very helpful in writing this post.

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