How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #17

Here is a tip just to get the ball rolling with music writing. This is not intended for you to write music to release.

Whenever you stop doing something (writing music, arranging, letting the creative juices flow, etc.) it can be difficult to get back into the swing of the activity.

So, you will need to start with baby-steps before doing it own you own – letting your music walk on two feet again.

One way to achieve baby steps is to take a musical logo or jingle from your favorite product and try rewriting it. Or take a favorite tune and rewrite it. See how close you can come to the original without sounding like a pirated or infringed work.

NOTE: infringing copyright, plagiarism, and stealing ideas are wrong. More important, I never advise anyone to do it.

However, trying to copy a song AND NEVER RELEASING IT – can help get the momentum and writing again. To repeat: try to get as close to the original in your rewrite without making it sound like a carbon copy.

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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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