8 tips on “How to come up with a new style of music”

Music like a scientific progress is constantly moving forward. New styles keep appearing. So go ahead to create something new!

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And do not get upset if you won’t achieve everything at once. Even rock and jazz at their beginnings have been taken negatively. Who knows, maybe in one hundred years some of your styles will become a new classic.

  1. Learn to play a musical instrument.
    • You need to evolve your ideas on some instrument.
    • Learning the basics of playing the guitar should be an effective way, since the guitar is the most resourceful instrument.
    • If you don’t like playing the guitar, learn how to play the piano.
  2. Research.
    • Listen to a lot of music. You have to ask yourself what do you really like.
    • Practice musical criticism and learn to appreciate every genre (from classic to Death Metal).
  3. Train your ears.
    • Listen to everything that surrounds you.
    • Focus on the sounds that not necessarily have to come from the instrument, listen to the music of our daily life.
    • Get inspiration from unusual things.
  4. Learn.
    • Read about legends of past.
    • Find out what Hendrix did, who Jelly Roll is, why you hear name of Chuck Berry so often. These are people from whom you should learn.
  5. Drop the limits.
    • Choose your favorite music genre and explore it to the max.
    • Study all its sub-genres and history, that influenced its formation, its performers and listeners.
    • Most modern genres came from others. Heavy Metal came from Psychedelic, Psychedelic from Rock, and Rock from Blues.
    • Try to see a picture of where you are and where you would like to go with your music.
  6. Jam with other musicians
    • Neither music style is fixated on a one specific instrument.
    • Try to get together with other musicians and create a combination of diverse sounds.
    • Try making a new beat model or something that sounds weird.
  7. Be well prepared
    • Read music theory regularly. You will discover many new aspects in music that have never been studied before. Keys that almost never appear in modern music, modes that did not find the right accompaniment, etc.
  8. Fusion.
    • Many music genres came from other genres. And you can get a good result by harmonizing the different types of sounds that you actually like.

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Originally posted 2012-03-20 14:09:56.

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