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    I have a notebook of lyrics, sayings, concepts, ideas, etc that I refer back to when writers block sets in.

    If it's lyrical, songwriting software that suggests lyrics many times inspires me with new ideas.

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    Maybe work on a cover. I like to take existing songs by groups / people I enjoy and put a twist on them. Convert a song you like from 4/4 to 3/4. Changeup the rhythm pattern or something. Sing a soft song aggressively, whatever. Just butchering something someone else has done opens up your creativity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by einstein magoo View Post
    Maybe work on a cover. I like to take existing songs by groups / people I enjoy and put a twist on them. Convert a song you like from 4/4 to 3/4. Changeup the rhythm pattern or something. Sing a soft song aggressively, whatever. Just butchering something someone else has done opens up your creativity.
    I have found that this works a lot for me. Seeing how a professionally-done song really inspires me to create something like. I almost always feel the need to create something after dissecting a piece of music.
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    I always find that riding in a car makes me think about lyrics and expressing myself.

    Also you can sing scat when you're alone and not look like a fool, until you get to a stop light.
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    When this happens or i'm looking for inspiration I find a bunch of new (or new to me) music and find a few songs that I really like the melody or chord structure of. I then figure out (or look up) the chord progressions and play them - playing about with the tempo/rhythm, changing a chord here and there until i've just about got the bones of a song of my own. The way I write is that I come up with the chords first then the lyrics tend to just flow.

    For lyrics writing I write a list of really cool rhymes and try to come up with phrases and sentences that way.

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    It's a very big problem or a creative mind. I couldn't get right solution to get away from that. But I resolve that block in its own way. In that time i just spend my time doing the things which I want to do like laundering, cleaning work, listening to music, and movies. This will help me to get away that phase so many times.

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    I usually change the tuning of my guitar to a unusual tuning and play the usual chords that I normally do (I mean play the same familiar chord shapes but on this unusual tuning). This results in a completely new and fresh sound that might help spark creativity. For example, one of my favorite tuning for this is E, B, A, D, B, D (1st to 6th string). Also, instead of starting with the chord progression, I'll start by imagining the drum patterns first and then add the chords etc to it later (even though my main instrument is guitar)...If none of these techniques work, I just go for a run/walk!

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    For some reason I usually have more than one song in mind. Not sure why but for me they come in multiples. Many times....as I'm writing a new song......lyrics or chord progressions can go more than one way......forming a whole new idea......so I often have parts of songs already written.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Battlegun View Post
    Hi all. I just wanted to pose a question on this forum: When you have writer's block in creating your music, what strategies in the past have helped you overcome them? Hopefully, your responses can help others surmount their own creative blocks.

    As far as me, nothing beats good old exercise. I don't like sitting and focusing for too long on one project, so jumping around (when I'm alone at the house) keeps me focused for more creativity.
    I agree. I have had some good things come to me while walking. Blood flow is basic to the human condition. Sit - it goes stagnant. Move - it brings the goodies to the forefront and if you're in a mind set to write, then pick those pieces that float by.

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    when i have a block, i'll usually just start writing poetry and see what comes out of it - what is singable and what isn't. if that doesn't work, i listen to songs that i like and try to get inspired by its subject.

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