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Old 2013-02-15, 22:56
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For me it's always been helpful to know how to play more than one instrument. Shifting back and forth between keyboard and guitar (or even bass) helps to break me out of a rut. Each instrument offers the potential for your mind to go off in a direction it normally would not.

Beyond this with the keys, I start sampling patches as often times it's the sound that will get you going with the first 8 or 12 bars and then you're off and running. Nowadays the patch options in Reason across various samplers/synths are practically endless.

For the longest time I kept a journal where I would enter lyric ideas or even free flowing poetry.

Once I had some musical phrasings strung together I'd start dabbling with melody and some ready made lyrics from my book.

This sometimes works. Other times the best lyrics are those that you tailor on the spot for the project at hand.

Hope this helps...

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