Break Out of Your Creative Rut—Write Music Through Isolated Tracking

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Every musician gets stuck in creative ruts every now and then. Our licks get stale, our riffs feel boring and we feel like we’ll never get out of this funk.

This problem can be discouraging, but fear not. I've found a solution.

In order to get our creative mojo flowing, we need to be creative in the way we tackle the situation. This means taking a different approach to your normal routine. My first instinct was to always start with a riff and then build a song on top of it.

To break that habit, I tried something new, something I’d never done before. I set up a drum track, recorded a guitar part and then muted that guitar part. I then recorded another guitar part in the same key over the same drum track—only I completely changed the rhythm and feel of that second guitar part.

I repeated the process a few more times, and what I ended up with sounded great and felt fresh. Most importantly, I’d created something I didn’t initially hear in my head, and the method I used kept the guitar parts from dictating how the music would come together.

If you’re looking for a boost to climb over the wall of writer’s block, this type of isolated songwriting may be just what you need.

Tyler Larson is the founder of the guitar-centric website Music Is Win. His entertaining guitar-related content receives hundreds of thousands of video views on Facebook per month, and his online guitar courses tout more than 1,500 students with a cumulative 4.7 rating on Udemy. Get in touch with Tyler on Facebook, watch more of his guitar lessons and vlogs on YouTube, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.