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Songwriting Tip 7 - Finding new Inspiration to Kickstart your Creativity.

I have been writing a song and it needed an intro. Everything I did sounded uninteresting and I need to be inspired. I needed to kickstart my creativity.

Being inspired

I listened to a You Tube clip called “TOP 20 ACOUSTIC GUITAR INTROS OF ALL TIME” by Nick Beato.

Taking Inspiration

After working my way through the songs, I decided on the principal of taking a chord progression from the song and using it as the intro. The part of the chorus that I wanted people to really remember was a series of chords attached to each syllable of the lyrics. These also emphasised the song title. Then I looked at interesting ways to play the chords that was different from in the song. After some experimenting with the chord shapes, I came up with the most interesting intro, for the song.

I didn’t just copy a great guitar intro but I used the creativity from 20 to inspire me to create my own.

Finding your inspiration

If you love creating, listen to other creators. There is a whole world of amazing music out there. When you are stuck go and look in the places you don’t normally look. Mozart is amazing for getting creative juices going and sometimes it is The Sex Pistols. Sometimes a painting takes you by surprise. It can even be a sentence. It can be a moment of revelation that has nothing to do with what is going on around you. Therefore, grab everything and run with it. You never know where it will lead.

The sign of insanity

There is a saying -

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

If you are only doing the same things over and over again don’t be surprised if you are not growing as a songwriter. Mix it up, listen to stuff you have never heard before. Work with other people. Inspiration comes when you step outside your comfort zone. Try it, it’s scary and exciting.

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