How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #5

Sometimes the best way to expand your creative is by doing just the opposite. By creating limits for yourself and certain parameters, one can experiment within a certain frame… instead of being intimidated by the vast openness of endless possibilities.

This tip revolves around creating the rhythm to a motific idea.

Out of all the possible pulses within the measure, limit yourself to a specific amount of pulses to accentuate. For example: in a 4/4 time signature piece of music, limit yourself to accentuating 10 of the 16 possible sixteenth-notes.

The allows you to find creative possibilities within the limits of the rules you set for yourself – and eliminates the time spent wondering “where to start first.”


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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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