Just like everything else, you sometimes grow tired of things you love the most. It’s ok! Especially being artistic, we lose our creative edge at times. Sometimes our passion takes a back seat, but we still need to practice so we can continue heading towards greatness. Have you hit a practice rut with your band? It happens. Let’s talk about how you can get out of that practice rut and start getting excited about it again!
Hey! Take a break! If you’ve been practicing a lot and it’s becoming almost annoying to be there. Take a short break from it. You won’t forget everything that you’ve ever learned. Sometimes you just need to relax. We find that usually you can be your most creative when your mind and body have had a chance to rest. With everything else in life, eventually you start to burn out. So take some time to find your center before you head back to rehearsal.
Another way to give yourself some inspiration to practice is to listen to the bands that inspired you in the first place. Go catch a live show if you can. It might just spark that flame that is running low on fuel.
If you feel like you’re in a funk or that maybe everything is starting to sound the same, go take some lessons! There will always be someone better than you that can teach you a thing or two about your instrument. Sometimes just the fact that your teacher could have a different style from you, could allow you to incorporate a new edge to your music. Pulling from different styles of music is a great way to keep your music fresh and to reach a larger audience.
Go play an open mic or sit in with different musicians. Again, this will only help you broaden your horizons. It’s also a good way to network your band. Sometimes all you need is a different perspective to put you right where you need to be.