Songwriting is a creative pursuit that relies on ideas—an entire phrase of music, a piano trill, a bass groove, a guitar riff, a chord progression, or pretty much anything else you can think of.
The ideation process is individual to each musician or songwriter, but when something inspiring creeps into your consciousnesses or you hit that musical sweet spot, the results are almost magical.
When it comes to refining, developing, or evolving an idea, the ability to approach it from a multitude of angles will increase your musical scope. You can:
If you can squeeze plenty of juice from one musical idea, the possibilities are endless—doing this also serves as a good songwriting exercise, too.
Squeezing maximum juice from a musical concept
The art of squeezing maximum juice from one musical idea isn’t as complicated as you might think. Even small tweaks and changes to dynamics, speed, groove, and slight shifts in notation can make a big difference.
To demonstrate a few ways you can squeeze a great deal of juice from a single musical idea, I've recorded some sound clips using my Spire Studio. For each of these clips I used Spire’s Verb 65 amp effect with reverb rolled off slightly to give each sample a certain clarity and edge.
And although I’ve used my bass guitar for these clips, you can apply these techniques to any instrument or part, from vocals and harmonica to guitar, keyboards, and beyond.