TakeLessons, the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, shares a few exercises to help inspire stuck songwriters.
Online PR News – 26-January-2012 – – Earlier this week, Eddie Vedder announced the venues for his upcoming solo tour, stopping in 13 cities to promote his 2011 solo album “Ukelele Songs.” The tour begins on April 11th in Las Vegas, and then works across the country, ending on May 16th in Orlando. Pearl Jam embarks on its European tour just one month after.
Vedder’s passion-filled lyrics, ranging in topics from personal to political, have made him one of the most prominent songwriters of the rock and roll genre, according to many music critics.
For musicians hoping to hone in on their own lyric-writing skills, TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, recently shared a few exercises for sparking inspiration.
The following is an excerpt from the TakeLessons blog post:
"1. Location Inspiration: Find lyric-writing inspiration through location
Location is very important when writing, because atmosphere affects your creative energy.
For example, it may be difficult to write sad or painful lyrics in a park. At a park you’d probably feel relaxed and maybe a little content or happy. This atmosphere wouldn’t work to channel sadness, unless you have a sad memory attached to the park (more on object inspiration next). In an empty and run-down apartment, you probably wouldn’t feel happiness, so it’d be the best location to write a “painful” lyric or two. Even your kitchen is different from your living room in evoking creative emotion. Choose the best location to write your song lyrics.
2. Object Inspiration: Find lyric-writing inspiration through objects
Rarely does inspiration just come from within. Songwriters surround themselves with things that will inspire their next creative work.
- Open a photo album and reminisce on old memories attached to your target emotion.
- Read old letters and remember where you were and what you felt when you first read them.
- Visit friends or family member you haven’t seen in a while, to get inspired.
- Watch a television show or film where your target emotion is prevalent.
- Go to a familiar place and think about old memories from there.
Use whatever object you need to channel your target emotion.
3. Topic Inspiration: Find lyric-writing inspiration through a topic or idea
Imagine yourself in particular situation. It could be a situation that’s happened to you, someone close to you, a group of people, or someone well-known. Now put yourself there mentally and emotionally. How does it make you feel? Explore those feelings until you’ve found your target emotion. One way to make sure your lyric idea has the strongest inspiration is to brainstorm on universal topics – issues that large groups of people are experiencing. Successful topics are often ones that many people find relatable."
By sharing the exercises with blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where they can also read practice tips for guitar, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America's full-service music and voice lessons provider. With private lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in cities nationwide, students of all ages can start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2006 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers.