The Inspiration Well – Finding Focus

The Inspiration Well – Finding Focus

When you are feeling challenged or uninspired, it’s okay to step back for a moment and seek out inspiration from other sources. In fact, it’s imperative that you take the time to fill your well of inspiration. Inspiration is an essential part of the creative journey.

I have found a lot of inspiration and focus through the following:

 

Don’t Practice- Just Play
When I don’t feel inspired to practice, instead of forcing myself to work on the exercises I want to accomplish, I will sit behind my drums and just play. The key is to not work on specific songs, ideas or exercises, but just play and create for the joy of playing music. This helps to remind me that all the work I am doing to develop my craft is because of the thrill I get from playing, and allows me to set aside the challenges and rediscover the joy of music.

Podcasts
There are a wide variety of podcasts related to almost any topic of interest, and I have found great inspiration and encouragement by subscribing to and making the time to listen to some amazing drumming podcasts. The chance to hear the stories and struggles of others on the same journey is an amazing way to realise I am not alone in my challenges, and I can apply their experiences to my own quest to stay inspired.


Books
There are some fantastic books that cover all aspects of the creative journey such as learning styles, developing practice habits/routines, finding creativity, changing mindset, learning business skills, artist biographies and more. I have found that when I have needed to find my own inspiration, there has been incredible insight and wisdom from these sources.

Events
Attending an event such as a concert, workshop, masterclass or anything related to what I am interested in is a wonderful way to distract myself from the challenges I am having in my journey, and allows me to get inspired and motivated to get back to my craft.

Fill your “inspiration well” and get back to climbing the next step of your path to creative joy.
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Here are the podcasts that I listen to when I need inspiration:

Drummers Resource
http://www.drummersresource.com

Working Drummer
http://www.workingdrummer.net

Modern Drummer
https://www.moderndrummer.com/category/modern-drummer-multimedia/podcasts/mike-and-mike-podcast/

Drum Gab
https://www.drumgab.com/

 

 

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