Do you feel stuck as a musician? Do you find yourself repeating yourself? Do you feel that your musical growth is stagnant?
If the answer to all these questions is ‘YES’, then believe me ‘YOU ARE NOT ALONE’. Even the biggest names in the music industry feel the same way. It is not uncommon for a musician to feel stuck and demotivated.
Guess what! There is a way out. Here are 5 things you can do differently, to make you feel better and help you grow daily as a musician.
1. Learn something new everyday
After a few years of playing an instrument, it is not uncommon to find yourself playing the same things over and over again. The key is to get out your comfort zone and learn something new everyday. It can be as simple as a chord or as complicated as a dream theatre guitar solo. The important thing is to push your limits and learn something new everyday.
By doing this:
- You will be more motivated to play the instrument.
- You will find the new stuff imbibing in your musicality, hence making you a better musician.
2. Make new music and complete it
Often as musicians, we find ourselves hating everything we write and hence never completing it. We keep waiting for that one amazing song or melody but guess what! It never comes.
The key is to write anything and complete it too. Subsequently, it doesn’t matter if it is the worst song in the world. Thomas Alva Edison failed 1000 times before he invented the light bulb. The only possible way for him to know that he failed was to complete those 1000 experiments. If you will never complete your experiments (Songs) then you will never fail and hence never succeed.
So guys keep making music, it will happen one day.
The best way to learn something is to see how the masters do it and repeat.
Anytime you feel uninspired to write something new or overwhelmed to learn something new, just start transcribing. I cannot stress enough how important and valuable this skill is. Furthermore, the more you will transcribe, the more you will see those skills in your own musicality. Take any legendary musician and you will find half of their life was spent transcribing other people’s music.
It doesn’t matter what you transcribe, just transcribe.
4. Put your stuff out
Imagine a scenario where you have become the world’s best guitarist sitting in your small room but the world doesn’t know about it. There is nobody who has said so and hence you feel demotivated and leave playing guitar.
Motivation is something that we need to keep ourselves going. This is what the audience provides when they listen to your music.
Someone’s appreciation for your art is invaluable. Furthermore, it is the force that inspires you to make more art.
You should never be afraid to put your stuff out. The more you do so, the more confident you become. You also get to know what can be better and keep working towards it. Not putting anything out can put your music motivation to a stand still and have a negative impact.
Don’t be afraid, be vulnerable and just hit the goddamn ‘launch button’.
5. Take time off everyday
Take a walk out, play badminton, do photography, learn designing, do anything but always remember to take some time out and divert your mind. Your mind and body needs change. Sitting in front of the computer for hours can not only be frustrating but also have bad impact on your health.
In the end, doing something else completely off domain sometime everyday, can really improve your efficiency and yield better results.