The list below is taken from my years of experience as a musician, songwriter, recording engineer, content creator, teacher, and audio journalist. You may be familiar with some of the tips, but even if there are just a few that hit home you’ve done yourself a favor by moving closer to your goal of becoming an expert.
So, you love music. You’ve been honing your musical skills for a while. Your hard work shines whenever you perform in your own room or in front of a small, supportive group of people.
Now you want to push yourself a bit further and bring your music to a wider audience. Chances are, the audition room is your next step.
Improvisation is the art of creating music on the spot and without preparation. It’s commonly seen in jazz or blues music where musicians routinely improvise solos or melody lines.
If you’ve always wanted to be a songwriter but you’ve never made the leap into creating your own music, it’s time to overcome your inhibitions and get started. There’s no better time than the present to write your own songs!
So what is the best way to approach collaborative creativity? Here are 4 skills to practice that will help you and your fellow musicians get off on the right foot.
If you’re only warming up your vocal chords, then you’re not fully preparing to sing. Your body is much larger, and your mind controls it all. Before you ease into arpeggios (and the like), start with a pre-warm-up that gets both your mind and body moving.