So, the other day I was writing some music while playing my guitar in the back of the house. It had been raining all week but the sun had finally seemed to show up. The world instantly looked prettier and I felt even more into the music while the room filled itself with warm, orange rays of sunlight. I’ve realized it before but on moments like that I am even more happy that I am able to play an instrument, so I can express myself musically.
In these 7 years that I’ve been playing the guitar people told me how they wished they were able to play an instrument as well. They always added that ‘they tried,’ but couldn’t find the motivation to really stick with it. And I get it, I’ve been trought the same process of loving the instrument and a few minutes later, wanting to burn it. But once you hold on, it will only get better!
This counts for SO many things and learning processes in life. I’d like to take my 7 years of playing the guitar as an example.
Learn what you want to, not what you are “supposed to.”
I can’t perfectly tune by ear and you will never ever hear me play the melodic scales. What? Those are basics. I simply don’t care about it. Those are side issues to me. And yes, there are going to be people who will judge you for not knowing “the basics” and therefor think you are a worthless musician. But once I say that I’ve written over 300 songs during these 7 years, preformed a few times and that I always compose the music for all my filmproductions myself… They stand quiet. The key is, learn what’s important for you, learn about the things you care about! Why spent hours trying to get something into your system that doesn’t light your fire? There’s no need to brag about all the things you know. It’s important to do all the things you feel, those are the only things that will get you any further.
You need to feel it.
When I write songs, I always write about things that happed to me or that happened to close friends, things I observe or situations I’m in. The thing is, you need to feel it. Once you feel it, you are taking your new adventure of learning to a whole new level. Whatever you are learning: another language, a new instrument, how to build cars.., it doesn’t matter. You’ve got to make sure your emotions fit right into the proces by turning it to yourself. Make it personal, it’s about you. I already started writing songs when I could only play 4 chords. I was 14 back in the days, my English was really basic and I had only had 2 lessons. But I couldn’t wait, believe me, there’s no mountain of information you have to climb before you are able to do what you love so much.
For me, back in the days, that was definitely Taylor Swift. She was my everything when I was about 14 years old. She wasn’t the reason why I started playing the guitar but she was definitely a big inspiration when it comes to writing songs and how to tell entire stories in a maximum of 5 minutes. 😉 It’s important you find someone like that for yourself. Deep down we can easily bring up someone that inspires us, we just have to connect with them. Vision yourself talking to that person while trying to learn that new language. Vision yourself on stage next to your favourite artist. It may sound crazy but for me it worked.
The ultimate goal.
Set the ultimate goal and don’t lose it. It may take ten years to actually reach it but that doesn’t matter. As long as you’ve got something in the back of your mind that lights your fire you are more likely to stay passionate about what you are doing. For me, my ultimate goal, is to ever release an EP/album with a few of my best songs. I’m really picky so this will take a while. 😉 Meanwhile I just keep adding my music to my filmproductions. For example, all the music that you hear in my documentary is made by me. Those are tiny steps to getting heard and maybe one day, reaching your goal.
Okay, so I hope this was helpful. I had a lot of fun writing this. Like I said before, these tips can also be used in a total different learning proces. I’m staring out of the window right now and it’s raining again… I think I’m going to pick up my guitar and write a song about it. 😉 Oh and maybe, one day it will lead to an album full of cheerful songs to get you trough a rainy, way to wet summer…