What are the things that inspire you when you compose. Other song? A picture? A text?
Do you know what are you going to play when you sit at your piano/guitar/etc..?? Or you just play anything until the song appears??
Just to share that nice moment. Composing.
Sometimes its just work… Thoughtful, and within the “rules”... For the truly “inspired” songs, I usually get a melody first, or I try and capture a feeling that I have…. Or a client or potential client may ask for something specific and that usually generates and idea quickly….
My best pieces usually start as a theme in my head which I then work out at the piano and build upon. Other times I will sit at the piano and just idly doodle, play a few chords and improvise melodies. You still have to think about and remember the music that you play though, just in case a good theme appears. Other times I will play around with some samples and build a piece from there.
Inspiration can come from either hearing some great piece of music and being inspired to compose in a similar style, hearing a good theme in my head or just being in the right creative mood. Fortunately for me, the first thing I usually want to do in the morning is work on some music for a couple of hours. That’s usually enough time to get one or two pieces ready to arrange at a later date (usually the weekend when I have more free time)
I usually pick up an instrument because I feel like playing it, I’ll start playing around with a few ideas, and if there seems to be some potential as a royalty free track, I’ll develop it further. Although sometimes I will sit down with the specific intention of writing a certain style of track.
2 of my tracks were inspired by picture. Most of the time its just playing around with chord structures and progressions till something sounds acceptable. The funny thing is sometimes the piece ends up totally different to originally planned. (And not forgetting long quiet walks – they help with the creative mojo)
just a loop, single beat, a piece of melody or a chord i’ve played makes me a sudden composer..