Mini-Tip: Immerse Yourself, Then Write Your SongDecember 18, 2009 6:00 am Songwriting
In language learning, there is a technique called immersion, in which the student spends her time surrounded only by people speaking the new language. The idea is to force the brain to quickly burn all kinds of new neural pathways as necessity becomes the mother of quick learning. Over time, the new language begins to feel like a natural part of the student’s surroundings, and soon enough she finds herself joining in, effortlessly speaking to others by simply mimicking what she has heard them say.
Interestingly, a similar approach can be applied to expanding your songwriting horizons. Here, the plan is to first identify a musical genre that you would like to write in but know little about. It might be reggae, or show tunes, or 50s rock-n-roll, or….well, pretty much anything! Then, make a point of listening to that kind of music, lots of it, by lots of artists, over a period of two or three weeks. If possible, listen to nothing but this kind of music! The idea is to immerse yourself in this genre. (You needn’t make any specific effort to notice musical details like what beat the snare is on or anything like that. Just let it wash over you - then rinse and repeat!)
After a few weeks of this, when you go to write a song in that general style, guess what - the tools you need will be right at your fingertips!Tags: challenges, mini-tips, song ideas -->