During all these years of writing music, I tested a lot of things about what would be the most efficient or creative method.
Here I am sharing my personal top five tips for writing music! Let's go!
1. Finish your song structure as quick as possible
Don't waste any time to fully arrange individual parts before the structure of your composition isn't clear. It doesn't matter if you have a few chords, a bass line, some string arpeggio or a little loop so far for each part or section of your track.
Just get that song structure down to see the full picture. Once you got that fundament laid out, you will have an easy time to start arranging it.
Also, you may want to have an audio track and your microphone at hand. In case you run into trouble with a specific sound or some samples not loading, you can still sing that idea into your arrangement and sketch it out later.
The most important thing is that you got the layout of your track!
2. Work on several tracks at once
Whenever I work on a project, I have to write several tracks for, most of the time, start working on as many as possible.
Sometimes it is just a rough eight-bar idea for the first track. Maybe it is a successful first layout for my second track.
By doing this, I hardly get to the point of being frustrated and not knowing where to go next.
3. Limit yourself to create a special sound
In case you are working with templates, try to create a custom template just for that project. It may be a bit time intensive and maybe most useful when you work on several tracks, but it may be highly effective when it comes to creating an individual sound.
Try to use only a limited or specific set of sample libraries, instruments, and sounds and force yourself to work with what you have.
Maybe you would like to go with some sophisticated brass line or that low rumbling bass you are using all the time ... however, this time, it may not be available, and you have to come up with another solution - which eventually ends up in creating something very unique!
4. Try guided meditation
After working a few hours on one or several tracks, you may end up running out of ideas. If this is the case, but you simply have to keep going, try some guided meditation.
The important thing here is that this meditation session has to be guided. Otherwise, you would have a hard time cutting you off from the thinking process.
In case you are interested, I set up the Five Day Meditation Challenge.
5. Be able to record yourself wherever you are
The title says it all already. You probably have your smartphone with you wherever you go. Fortunately, this would be the perfect device to have some little application with you to record yourself.
You may have run into the situation, that you always have the best ideas exactly when you are everywhere else, except in your studio 🙂
Be able to record yourself and make sure to never lose a potentially great idea!