I've seen it many times before in others and we've all been there before ourselves. You've just created a really amazing, inspiring and vibing section of music and you can't stop listening to it on repeat, but as you listen over and over you start to loose perspective and suddenly realise you are becoming stuck on ideas of what to do next. This section deals with that issue.
The Four Fs: Work Fast, Keep it Fresh, Fluid And Flowing
I believe it's best to always keep moving forward when you are working on music and not to spend time over analysing or being introspective about whether your piece of music is working or not. I find this habit of listening over and contemplating the song will only ever produce mediocre results. I'm an advocate of just ploughing forward without doubting too much, just going with the flow and aiming to have as much material written as possible in as short time as possible. I find this "not looking back" approach is the most effective method of ensuring you have the potential for making and finishing great ideas.
For me the target can often be to work at swift pace to the extent that if I put the track down immediately and I came back to it in a couple days it would almost be like listening to the song for the first time, as if I didn't even write it myself ( I love this feeling of my perspective of the song being this fresh as I haven't over-saturated my senses with the work in progress). I love this sensation of being able to see the music almost as if for the first time, without being too lost in details - I find this perspective really allows you to see what needs to be done next to make a better song. If you get into the habit of over-listening whilst working then you completely obliterate your ability to have any perspective, and you end up just fiddling with small details rather than the important big picture, which is needed in order to be able to make crucial decisions on your music. So to reiterate, try and keep your work flow fast, fresh, fluid and flowing.
DEVELOPING CONFIDENCE TO FINISH YOUR SONG
In order to help you have more confidence in what you are working on then I find it helps to understand and appreciate the notion that a piece of music only sounds complete when it's actually complete, and it might not sound great in the intermediate phase of writing. Sometimes the middle ground can be awkward, sometimes things don't sound quite right or you're having trouble getting them perfect, but just persist through these moments, don't worry too much and have faith that it will fall together in the end. It's vital to push through this awkward phase into developing a full arrangement. Often when you think things aren't necessary sounding quite right I find that if you push through and force yourself to map out a full arrangement and work on the overall production you will be surprised that those awkward moments start to become ironed out by the overall big picture.
So in essence don't fuss too much about everything being perfect, focus on the big picture, make sure your arrangement is complete and appreciate that the sum of all your work and ideas will result in a much more cohesive and complete piece that you might have initially realised.
- The most important part of the music making process is mapping out a full arrangement, above all else.
- Force out an arrangement according to my theories later in this course, without worrying if all elements are perfect.
- Once you have the full piece arranged go back to any parts and improve them.
- Believe and act like every idea is great.
- Don't doubt, and have faith that it will come together in the end.
- Persist with the early ideas you hash out.
- Better to work on the piece as a whole arrangement rather than get stuck in a loop. Don't worry too much if the pieces aren't quite falling together perfectly, just persist through the imperfections and you'll find perfection later in the simple fact that you have completed a finished piece of music.
Once you've pushed through to the end, ignoring your doubts and insecurities you'll be amazed at how much better your song sounds in completion than what you thought whilst in the middle of creating.