Inspiration (where does it come from?)
Inspiration…..where does it come from? Well, for the beginner guitarist, it can come from a broad range of sources.
Most musician’s are initially inspired by a relative, a friend or another musician. My first reason for playing was because of my dad. Then, along came The Beatles and that was it. The British Invasion and all of that music encouraged me to play.
Use Your Imagination
So what keeps this process going? You are limited only by your imagination.
Uplifting events such as concerts, chance meetings or finding a new book can refresh your creative energy.
Belonging to a community, such as a musician’s forum, can be a great source of inspiration. Check online and you will find forums where people post questions and someone provides answers, advice and support. No matter what your specific interests may be, you can count on a large and varied group of people to give you a boost of confidence when you need it.
I was inspired to write this post because of the support I received from fellow members in my community.
What Else Can You Do?
There are many things you can do to stimulate your creativity.
Check out your favourite musician(s) on You Tube.
Consult local entertainment listings in your community. There’s all kinds of music going on in coffee shops, restaurants, sports bars, and local eateries. I was in a natural food store a few days ago that is hosting a concert by a well known band.
In the summer there are often musicians playing at your local farmer’s market. Check out the summer festivals and participate in workshops.
Many establishments have an open mic night. You may not get up there on your first time out, but guaranteed you will get something out of the experience.
These are all keys to knowledge, and when you have knowledge, you possess keys that will open doors for you.
You can motivate yourself in many ways. For instance, change your practice method. If you’re having trouble learning something, set it aside for a day. You’ll come back to it with a fresh perspective.
Try to learn something new every week. Experiment with different guitar tunings. It’s remarkable how the sound of your guitar changes when it is tuned to a single chord. This is a bit advanced for the beginner guitarist, but something to aim for.
It’s encouraging to see all that you have accomplished by the end of one month, then six months. Keep notes so that you can look back at what you knew a short time ago, compared to what you know now in the present.
Out of the Blue
Inspiration can come from out of nowhere (or now here). If you are making an effort to get involved in your community, things will come your way, out of the blue. Over time, you will meet people with similar interests and dreams. Some of these people will do what they can to support and inspire you.
A Mistake Can Provide Inspiration?
Oddly enough making a mistake can take you to a place where inspiration is found. The key here is to always try and keep in mind that things often happen for a reason. You may not see what the reason is at first, but if you are patient and forge ahead, it may become clear to you.
Here is an example of this. When I set up my first website I had a niche in mind so I searched for a domain name that matched the niche. I found a name that related to my niche, I bought the name and set up my blog on my website.
After a short time I realized that I would not be able to do much with this niche so I changed my focus. This new direction did work better and I was able to make progress, but then one day I realized that I had made a huge mistake. My website name and description didn’t match what my blog was about.
At first I felt so stupid to have blundered so badly, but I reminded myself that things happen for a reason. I knew that I wanted a website name that was more relevant to my niche. I wanted to make sure that the new name was unique, so I added a word to my new domain name. That word was a key that inspired many new ideas and I was energized to develop my blog under a great new name.
Buy a Guitar? – No Way!
This might sound a big strange, but there is another source of inspiration I’ve experienced. That is the purchase of a new guitar. Every time that I have bought a guitar I have experienced a renewal of creativity. Everything sounds different and better than before. The key strategy here is that you have to convince the significant people in your life that this purchase is totally necessary.
Please leave comments below so that I know how I’m doing. Also, please ask questions if there is something that I could explain better.