Today is going to demand a little bit more work than usual.
It's worth it because it will make you a better songwriter and musician but don’t sweat it if you can’t spare the time. You can always circle back to this prompt later ?
Write in a style of music you're not very familiar with.
— Step 1 (5 minutes) : choose a genre you'd like to learn a little bit more about here.
— Step 2 (10-20 minutes or more!) : actively listen to a few songs in that genre.
— Step 3 : start writing with that genre in mind.
Questions that will help you with steps 2 and 3.
- Is the music slow or fast?
- What kind of instruments are playing?
- Is there something common to the 3-4 songs you listened to?
- What kind of vibe are you getting? How can you replicate those feelings?
Ok, this one is a difficult one.
If it’s the first time you’re trying something like this, you'll probably be bad at it.
Don't worry though, you'll get better at it if you stick with it ??
In the meantime, the simple act of listening actively to new music will help you develop as a musician and songwriter.
Have fun with this!
I look forward to your work in the comments ?
PS: Something to keep in mind ==> when you have no clue where to start, locking the drums and bass line give you a solid foundation to build on.