Musicians and Writers: Record Your Work!!

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Why you should always record your music on paper. That’s a very definitive statement to start off an article. But it is very important for new instrument players to get in the habit of doing. It doesn’t matter whether you played the trombone or the guitar, you should always be recording everything you write. This goes for music score writers as well.

When people first start playing a musical instrument, it is very exciting and new and they just want to keep on playing and playing. Well that’s fine. Once you get better and develop a fuller range of play, you want to start documenting everything you do. Learning basic sheet reading for music is pretty simple. You can look online or even go to your favorite bookstore and teach yourself the skill of reading and writing music. In the beginning, you just need the basics. What the notes are, how to mark them on a sheet, and how to delineate the different time structures. It is very important that you take a day or two to learn this, because it could save you a lot of time and stress in the future. Jon Kois, who used to created heavy metal scores before teaching basic drum lessons, would record every note he played, so that no creative piece would be forgotten. He could always go back and hear what he had written.

Once you get beyond the stage of playing other people’s music while you learn, you will start to explore making your own sounds. Whether this is by conscious play, or just goofing around, you will be playing lots of different notes and combinations that you’ve never played before. This is where you will see the importance of what I’m telling you. You will stumble upon a series of notes that you find striking, and you will want to write them down so as not to forget. So many times I’ve talked to musicians who found an amazing sound, but then days or weeks later, they were unable to remember the exact combination they used.

That led them to a lot of frustration, and having to backtrack in their minds to try to remember how they did it. So when you come upon a new sound or group of notes that you think could end up being a song one day, it is very, very important that you document this carefully and make notes at the top of the page. That way when you go to revisit it later, you will know exactly what you played, and how you played it. Many famous musicians have boxes and boxes of recorded music that they can refer back to at later date when they are ready to write a new song.

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Music Soothes the Soul

Music to soothe the soul. We generally listen to music a different times. On our way to work, on our way home, and during festive occasions like going to the movies. Of course there are other times as well, but these are the ones I find myself in the majority of the time. It can help me set my tone for the day depending on what kind of mood I am in. It is almost subconscious. If I really kept track of how I was feeling and what I was listening to, I would probably find that they are pretty synonymous. Dark and gloomy days find myself listening to music that is also dark. On a bright and sunny day, I might find myself listening to something more upbeat. The same goes for the movies I watch. Since darker films have gloomier soundtracks, if I am in that mood that is the direction I go.

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If I actually took the time to chart these findings, they would probably prove pretty interesting. But what about the times we’re not really thinking about it. The company I work for has piped-in music through the ceiling that is surprisingly modern. Even if I am having a bad day when one of the more cheerful songs comes on, I can find myself tapping along, and feeling a little bit better. We even have one game we play at the workplace where we insert lyrics from the song that is playing into our conversations to see if anyone notices. It has been known to bring a smile or two what a stressful day. I’ve also found myself taking a break and listen to something that inspires me to continue through the day, or helps me to relate to something that is going on. It’s amazing how powerful this type of tool is in shaping our experiences.

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We feel like the artist can relate to how we are feeling and shares in our joy and sorrow. I believe when they write for film, they use the same idea. It is kind of a connective piece that comes right through our phone or music player or movie screen. We can share movies with our favorite musicians in a way. And that brings us to the most epic of all experiences, which is seeing our favorite artist live. There’s nothing like seeing them in person and feeling the music as it’s coming out of their mouths. As time goes on, I don’t care how expensive concerts get, it is an experience I will not trade for the world.

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