I hope you’re all well today 🙂 So as said in the previous post, which you can read HERE if you didn’t see it, I said I’d be changing my blog posts to monthly ones. This is the first one under the new schedule.
So I thought I could have a chat about what’s been happening music wise over the last month (or in this case since the beginning of the new year)
Learning and Guitar Skills
I’ll start of with many aha! Moments I had with learning new stuff over the last 2 months. I’ve been putting loads more time into music theory and guitar skills so I can be the best songwriter I can be. I did have a pretty good understand of music theory due to doing music at GCSE and College as well as stuff I’ve picked up over the years, but there’s always more to learn and it’s all pretty helpful when you get your head around it.
Alongside this, I’ve been trying to get a better grasp over my guitar fretboard, knowing where all the notes are, learning little riffs and just pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I’m trying to spend more time dedicated to just practising and improving new things and skills, a bit every day is what I aim for.
This section is next as it kind of ties in with the above. I’m working on some new songs. I’m in the middle of recording them and it’s going pretty well so far, so I’m looking forward to sharing some new music with you all when it’s finished! I’ve really needed to improve my music production skills so I can effectively produce my own songs if I want to. It’s a constant ongoing learning process with this as there’s so much to learn about. I learnt the basics when doing my EP ‘Wild.’ but now I really want to step up my game. So I’m constantly learning new ways to improve my producing skills which has been great. I find all the videos and tutorials on YouTube just amazing and so helpful.
I’ve also been trying to spend more time just dedicated to writing songs and being creative. I like Ed Sheeran’s analogy where he says writing songs are like a dirty tap. Initially the water is rubbish but eventually the water is going to flow clean for the most part with only the odd bit of rubbish. Writing songs and being creative definetley are a muscle that has to keep being worked. I find if I spend a few days not being creative, I struggle to get back in the creative zone, so it’s important for my creativity (and sanity!) to spend some time just being creative every day and writing songs.
I’ve been lucky enough to already have had some great gigs this year and some awesome ones coming up which I will be updating on my facebook page events soon. My aim has been to get out and do some more busking again. For some reason I get a bit anxious with busking, which for the most part I don’t with gigs. Which is strange I know. I think it’s because with gigs the venue has asked me to come and perform, people already tend to know as there’s advertising saying I’ll be there etc etc. Busking, I just turn up and play whether people want me to or not lol. Sometimes I’ll get the odd rude comment, and although 99% of people are lovely, that one negative comment can stick in my head if I’m not feeling so great. Other times when I feel good it doesn’t bother me so much.
Also there’s that thing of limited spots, lots of musicians and you just have to get there early enough and hope you can get a spot (particularly when it’s a bit miserable weather and limited shelter spots!) But I’ve really been wanting to force myself out of my comfort zone and get out busking again, which was kind of hard as my anxiety and panic attacks have been pretty bad recently. However, I KNOW once I get there and start playing I love it and enjoy it. So the other day I went out for the first time in months, and it defineltey wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be in my head. I had a really great time in the end and am planning on going out again this week, depending on the weather.
In the same vein I hadn’t been going to as many open mic nights again due to anxiety and the comfort zone of my room. Which was frustrating me as I love them when I go and I have so many wonderful friends there, it’s the most lovely supportive community. So I went along to one for the first time in again quite some time, the same day I did busking. And just as I knew I would I loved it. So I plan to start going along a lot more again.
So basically my last two months of this year can be boiled down to trying to overcome anxiety, getting out of comfort zones and learning lots of new things, oh and working on new music! Thank you for reading this VERY long post if you got this far. I guess I had more to say about the start of this year than I thought lol!