On how to find new and original material

10 Nov

   A lot of musicians seem to have to wait for the magic inspirational moment  to write new material…but as we know, that does not always come very often…and usually it always comes at the wrong time, when you have noting to write/record your new ideas on. Even though there might be moment of your life where you are more ‘in the zone’, I think sometimes you should make things happen, rather than wait for things to happen. This is actually a lot simpler than you think…this is how to do it in 5 easy steps. 

step1. Get in a room with your instrument of choice. Close the door behind you.

step2. Clear your mind

step3. Press record on your recording device of choice

step4. Play for at least 2 hours (maybe) taking a couple of very short breaks, focusing on breaking away from your clichés.

step5. Repeat steps 1to4 as many time as needed to achieve desired results

   Listen to all you have recorded and try to isolate good ideas or themes…I am sure after a few minutes you’ll get to play some good ideas and you will automatically start trying to manipulate them to make a tune or some sort of form out of them. It is great to keep an archive of the stuff you record, because listening to the material the next day with a fresh set of years might bring up parts and ideas you might have missed. Try to do this on a regular basis, after all, most of the work of learning the craft is based on repetition…

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Gianni Chiarello has gained a reputation as an extremely versatile musician, having professional credits as a guitarist, bassist, arranger and producer. His music is a preconception-free mix of Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B and contemporary elements, influenced by . Born in Italy, in his forming years he performed with some of his country's finest musicians working towards developing different styles, from rock to pop, funk and jazz. In 1999 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, on a scholarship program, where he graduated with a Degree "Magna cum laude" in Professional Music, studying under the direction of Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Brett Willmott and Dave Samuels, also playing in the Boston area and along the States' east coast as a freelance musician. Alongside studio work, he has been performing with, and leading as Musical Director, numerous bands and orchestras, comping for celebrities from the sixties like The Platters, The Coasters, Bobby Arvon, The Diamonds, Vegas – Broadway entertainers like Tony Tillman, Kenny James, Hal Fraiser, Lorna Luft, Ben Vereen, Susan Anton and Roy Walker. Furthermore his work entailed musical theatre style production reviews, encompassing shows such as “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “We Will Rock You”, “Starlight Express”, “Grease” and “Rent”. After relocating to the UK in 2005, has performed, amongst others with Robbie McIntosh (John Mayer, Paul Mccartney) Jeremy Stacey (Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow), Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck), Iain Ballamy and many others. His latest instructional eBooks can now be purchased online: “Contemporary solo guitar” (2008) and “Contemporary blues soloing” (2009) “Contemporary Blues Chords and Comping” (2011)

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