Creative - 5 Music Ideas for the Weekend

Bank Holiday weekend is here meaning everyone gets an extended 3 day weekend. Trouble is, the weather is set to be typically ‘British’ with the first signs of Autumn on the horizon. This got me thinking, why not use the extra time this weekend to immerse yourself in music. Here are a few ideas to consider:

Listen to a full album
With streaming services it is easier than ever to listen to pretty much any piece of music, and as a result the ‘album’ format isn’t enjoyed it quite the same way it used to be. So why not listen to an album this weekend from start to finish - pick up an old favourite, try a new release, ask a music loving friend for a recommendation or try a ‘classic’ you’ve never got round to hearing.

Learn to play a song
Challenge yourself to start learning a new piece of music. When I am busy on music projects I have less and less time to listen to records and play along like I did growing up when learning to play the guitar. However there is great value in this; it helps us learn new techniques, break down the different parts of a song, and this in turn can inform our future performing and songwriting.

Visit a music shop
You don’t need to buy anything (although I know what musicians with gear acquisition syndrome are like), but visiting a local music store can be inspiring. Trying out new instruments and equipment can spark creativity so when you get home you have the urge to work on your music projects. Talking to staff and customers in the shop can be informative and help you to become a part of the music scene in your area.

Set yourself a songwriting or composition task
Why not play a game and set yourself a target for writing a new piece of music. Your task could be time bound, genre based, limited to one instrument or be in collaboration with a friend.

Learn a new piece of gear
At some point as musicians we have all acquired gear we didn’t really need and have never got round to using, so why not start this weekend? It could be that drum machine you bought on a whim, a virtual instrument included with your software or the toy ukulele your family got you for Christmas.