5 Steps to Combat Musical Burnout

Article by: Luke Motta | Author, Music Creator
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Re-learn what inspired you to be a musician in the first place…

Musical burnout means loosing the passion for music, but luckily it’s never permanent. Here’s my top 5 ways to combat musical burnout!

1. Re-Evaluate Your Schedule

You may be feeling musical burnout because you are spending too much time on projects. Playing/practicing an instrument for 5 hours a day may seem like a good idea to best improve your skills, but it’s a better idea to get more rest. Make sure to make time for other hobbies and not exclusively music ones. Dedicate some time to other relaxing activities like:

  1. Going for a walk
  2. Reading a blog or book
  3. Listening to a podcast
  4. Hanging out with friends

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2. Branch Out Your Style

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You may be a big fan of a single genre (everyone has their preferences), but try playing some different genres to get a feel of how other artists make their music special to get some inspiration! You never know, you might even find a new genre that you feel more passion for!

Pick a genre or band you haven’t listened to and find a playlist with their best hits. Try to listen to the finer details of the songs to gain an appreciation and an understanding for different styles. You can then try incorporating those elements to make a unique sound for your music project.


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3. Let Creativity Come to You

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While you want to make music that works and sounds the best, the best way for that to happen is for your creativity to come naturally over time. Like all forms of art, it requires spontaneity to succeed. By not forcing creativity to hit, you can make art that you truly enjoy and feel passionate about.


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4. Make Your Music Enjoyable Again!

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Try out a new instrument, or play around with your current one using new sounds or styles.

Work on writing silly lyrics, something you can laugh at, or just play random notes. Anything that can make music lighthearted, and not just something serious that you worry about being impactful.

Re-inspire yourself to enjoy the subtle details of your choice of music or instrument. After all, it’s these small details that made you fall in love in the first place.

5. Listen to Live Music

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Live music is always slightly different from studio music, and that differentiation is something you can learn from. Watch and listen to past performances online if you are unable to go to a live concert right now. You’ll notice that the minor changes a band makes live have the potential of making the song better than the album version.

Maybe it’s the drummer playing an impromptu solo, or the guitarist changing up the riff mid song. It will help you think of similar ways you can adapt your music that you’re stuck on or bored of creating. Some bands even have professionally recorded and live album versions to make this process easier for you!

Summary:

Sometimes we all feel like we are losing our passion for music, I know I have felt that way occasionally. But if you follow these tips, you can feel re-inspired and confident in your music career! How will you re-inspire yourself today? I’d love to hear from you.

Article by: Luke Motta
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