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Jon Samuelson
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Perhaps another idea for motivation is to seek out opportunities to collaborate with other song writers. Perhaps someone has everything they need but a voice or a guitar track to complete a song.



Collaboration can sometimes kick start creativity and fill in for the areas that may be lacking in your songs.Most music is often written or performed through some sort of collaboration with other musicians.

I'm actually surprised to see that there are not more collaborations going on in this forum. I'm even thinking about doing some collaborations, myself, to get some of my unfinished songs off the shelf.
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In situations like this, I ponder, what it is about music that draws us to it in the first place.
Obviously there is an emotional connection that drives us. So many times now , I've found myself listening to popular music and felt completely unemotional and disengaged from what I'm hearing, so much, to the extent that I call myself a music hater rather than a music lover.
We make music to find a creation that we can love ourselves, and If other people love it, all the better.
Take a step back from having to produce, and find those little things that touch you emotionally in music.
Just the other day I listened on YouTube, to a track by Paul Rose, a guitarist, that reminded me just how powerful music can be.
It is called "Night and Day" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dFcips95UU
Finding new inspiration is the key for me.

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Guthrie Govan is one of my faves. Check these out. He has got to be one of the most musical players on the planet. He uses a lot of picking techniques too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71izserFcek

and this is very cool:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUZK9dasP8s

They say Guthrie's brain is connected directly to his hands, no time to think, he just plays.

And yes here is my old friend Frank Gambale. (yes I knew him in Canberra , Australia before he was famous, and played with him too) master of sweep picking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgEBU6qkSYg

All great music.

Love this one too with Chick Corea's Elektric band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9_WujkbQ3M





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jemusic wrote:Guthrie Govan is one of my faves. Check these out. He has got to be one of the most musical players on the planet. He uses a lot of picking techniques too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71izserFcek

and this is very cool:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUZK9dasP8s

They say Guthrie's brain is connected directly to his hands, no time to think, he just plays.

And yes here is my old friend Frank Gambale. (yes I knew him in Canberra , Australia before he was famous, and played with him too) master of sweep picking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgEBU6qkSYg

All great music.

Love this one too with Chick Corea's Elektric band:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9_WujkbQ3M


man we have the same musical taste!
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GG is awesome! If he had a box of kleenex and a string he' d make it sound good.
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I think that sometimes you just need to let it rest for some period of time. I've been pending between my intrest in offroading with my truck and my music for a few years and I'm currently in music mode. I've been a drummer since 15 years back and there was a time about 3-4years ago when I didn't even touch an instrument for about 2years. I had no band, no inspiration to practice and no goal, so I just pack my drums and put them in my mom's house.

At this point it was all about the truck and my sparetime was mostly spent on it aside from beeing with the family I then had. Suddenly my fioncé left me and I had all the time in the world on the weeks when I didn't have my daughter staying with me. This intensified my intrest in my truck even more but at some point I suddenly found myself as a drummer in a cover band again and things started to change. I found myself a woman to chare my life with again and when we decided to build ourselves a new house I saw the oppertunity to have my dream of an own studio come true. So I built it, got some gear and formed my own company aside from my day job. To this point (and hopefully a long time into the future) I have an arrangement that lets me every other week be the family guy and every other week the studio guy (due to working day and evening shift on my job). That means I work alot of nights in the studio and bothers noone. The old truck is still on our yard waiting for a new wave of interest...it's been that way since 2010 and lately I've started looking at parts for it again, so maybe it's on it's way back.

the point of my story is that sometimes it's better to leave it aside for a while and wait for the bee to sting you again. As long as you're not in debt for material things or have an economical down period, it might be a good thing to let the interest grow bit by bit.
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mwright137 wrote:What do you guys do when you just don't feel motivated to do anything in the studio?


When this happens to me, there's usually something else going on that's bothering me that's killing my desire to do what I love. When I'm happy and life/people aren't upsetting me, I have no problem coming up with idea's. Recording is my 'happy place' and that gets ruined by outside forces sometimes.

Is there something else going on maybe? Sometimes just typing it out and getting it off your chest helps immensely.
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The best advice I can give: don't wait for inspiration, sit down and get to work - then inspiration will come.

Get yourself a copy of "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield.
In my opinion, every creative person should read this book.

It's a kick in the ass that many of us need to get something done.
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I have a wide range of styles that I love to listen to, electronic music being one of them (main number one love of all), acoustic folk music, country, jazz, classical, Frank Zappa. Hey the first 30 seconds of most Zappa tracks will give you plenty to think about. Ideas, yes!

Here is one of my fave Tangerine Tracks too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e1kzfkRZ5s

At times when I was often pushed in terms of composer deadlines, I used to go out and do gigs (I play drums live) I was often angry at first at having to go out and do a bloody gig right in the middle of a deadline but after I always came back home with ideas. Often just getting away from the studio and doing the gig would stimulate something in my head. What you are listening to may not be even directly connected with what you are tying to create yet it can impact on it big time.

Go to a classical concert and realise how immense the orchestra really is and the fact it could be said it is the ultimate music really hits home. Every film cue you have ever heard has all been done over 200 years ago! Orchestras usually reduce me to tears at some point.

Some VST's are pretty amazing at inspiration. One for me is Camel Audio Alchemy. Those loop based things are just amazing. Also Native Instruments Action Strikes is also a killer thing for me too. These are heavy cinematic drum grooves but you only have to hear these things for a few seconds and ideas start to flow. This stuff just gets my blood running. I seriously love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=36qED4Vc6Gk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nHYE1zdb2ss

Alchemy: Play the Audio demos.

http://www.camelaudio.com/Steamworx-Sound-Sample-Library.php

Alchemy has the mix pads and when you start moving them around you are talking about a million variations now on the one groove. It's ridiculous. And that is only the Steamworx demo. Listen to all of them if you have the time. You will be inspired by the time you get to the end of this.

We are very very complex individuals and the brain is a also very complex thing.


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David Mood wrote:The best advice I can give: don't wait for inspiration, sit down and get to work - then inspiration will come.

Get yourself a copy of "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield.
In my opinion, every creative person should read this book.

It's a kick in the ass that many of us need to get something done.


Good advice, indeed.



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I buy into the inspiration/perspiration factor as well. Sometimes the outside influences we have to deal with (because we care about that outside as well) don't realize that creativity does take work. The fact that we're sitting, listening, or playing an instrument doesn't mean we're not actually engaged in what we're doing. Au contraire.

Oh, it doesn't have to be work, but if we set goals to make something out of what we create, it is very much a matter of striving to meet deadlines, practice, listen, look for influences, carve some more, etc. So in that desire to make something we feel good about, we can and do hit peaks and valleys. So asking "hey, why am I in a slump", or "I need some sort of inspiration or motivation right now" can and will happen. Asking is actually even a good sign. It means we're poking our head out of the occasional doldrums, or mundane tasks and looking for something more. That's good, and is really a positive. Why? Well, just imagine not looking up, or asking!

Once in a while when you do feel inspired, don't place the emphasis on the deadline, or the work involved and just groove with something that just makes you feel good and does not have to amount to anything. Even jam and improvise to a backing track of something that influences you, or past music you made. Maybe even a little exploratory research, like tweaking some sampled sounds that in the end, you'll want to save but you're simply having fun with now. Simply do things to get out of the funk, and while that's not always easy, there's so much stimulus around us that it's not hard either. It's what we choose to do. Sometimes it's actually being away that brings us back in with a fresh new look on things. There's no one recipe that fits all. "It's your move".(De Niro in Taxi Driver)

When I first came into the S1 forum, you were I think the 2nd person to greet me mwright137. We spoke about our dogs, and weather to sometimes use the sounds they make in the background (like tambourines).

So I think its worth giving back a few ideas to people like you that help us through our quest as well.
Have fun, and record those doggies once in a while.

Btw, I don't say that we all have deadlines or projects. Some wish to just see what they come up with. That's fine. Though I do believe IF we are to make a project happen, we do need to schedule our time to make those goals a reality. Anyway, you'll know what to do.
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I think LMike should remove that image. I think it is very inappropriate. Here I am creating such a wonderful post only to be followed by that.

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To LMike,
Why is your co worker not around? Does his friend here in the picture play really good guitar? Why did she take this picture with her mouth open? So then she must be very talented.
Strange makeup though!

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THAT!, my friend, is wifematerial - Marry her at once !
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