I feel like this list could go on for many more posts. Here are another 4 topics you can add to the other 8 I’ve given so far to prevent beat block.
Learn an instrument
Learn an instrument until you feel comfortable enough to freestyle with some actual purpose. Your chances of stumbling upon that melody just by jamming out increases. I’m no Alicia Keys, but when the melodies aren’t coming to me I load up a piano and start playing chords until I hear something I like. It’s a very handy skill to have plus it’s a massive time-saver.
Take time to get to know your sounds
Have you ever sat at your pc and searched for a sound for more than 10 minutes? I feel like there’s a very thin line between being spoilt for choice and being swamped with sounds. Taking some time to know where to go for what type of sound will really save you time When you are creating. The quicker your overall workflow, the more time you can spend in that “inspired” state.
When in doubt, watch a youtube video for inspiration
I’m constantly on youtube searching for videos from producers I look up to. I try to get the ones where they are in studio working on something. Watching them trying to throw a beat together is so inspirational. The Black Mozart video is one of the main ones that I keep referring to. Watch it here
Take a moment to work on the business side.
If all else fails and you feel like it’s really not a day for beat making, take a moment to work on your brand. Perhaps take some new pictures for your website/social media pages or get in touch with some artists via email. No one’s going to know about your beats if you don’t get online and start chatting to people about them.
If you have a moment, have a read through my post on productivity here.
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