i can start songs.. that is actually ONLY what i do. i havent really finished a song in atleast a year now, i guess i'm too aware of my flaws and don't want to ruin my ideas by making them into "something".
the problem is that i don't seem to improve my technique either atm.. so it is a struggle.
I find the best way is to get a drum loop going a listen for as long as needed until inspiration strikes. We have listened to music from being children and the right thing will always come....patience is needed.
I can suggest the good old writing a song each day trick now, as I've been doing it for about a month. Well, I've skipped a fair amount of days but I'm trying and it's working. You start thinking less about the details and more about the whole thing, less about meeting standards and more about being creative.
And it's fun.
Also, each Tuesday I write a fantastic song. What's up with that?
I have no problems starting or finishing. What I have problems with is creating songs that fit together conceptually and take a specific journey, intellectually or emotionally. Most of what I make pretty much stands alone emotionally or has no real emotion for me at all.
Lately I've been starting with finding some piano or orchestrated style stuff. If I can build that up enough, I keep going. If I can't build a key/chord progression/pattern, I simply start over again.
Not that I don't suck, but I'm also not under any pressure to write an album or or to sell music. So each thing I make is some more practice. Though I do want to get into making some trippy, breakbeat stuff that I hear here.
I can jump right in no problem in any mindset in any time of day anywhere. Problem for me is I like to put total different beats right in the middle of track to same melody. I love that but some ppl critique me by saying "u changed beat in middle of track?"
I can pretty much jump in and then finish quickly. It comes pretty easy to me. However, there are times where weeks go by where I don't touch music at all. But then when the feeling bites again I go crazy and pump out tracks left and right. It comes in waves. I wish it lasted all the time...
I often start something, like I have wicked intro in mind and compose it on my DAW. But then I can't find the next part. So what I do is I pick up another track that I didn't finish or try start something else. Even go out and smoke a cigarette helps me change my mind and find something for the track.
I usually make a beat four or eight bars long. It's usually drums, bass and a synth. Then I just loop it and try to make it as groovy as I can. I add some more stuff until it sounds like the "peak" part of a song. Then I just duplicate it and start taking stuff out from the beginning so that it smoothly evolves. So doing it like that I can get the song pretty fast evolving to the first breakdown.
When I'm out of ideas I usually start mixing and adding effects and stuff just to see if I accidentally can come up with something good sounding.
starting is the easiest thing , finishing is already another level because of time consumption , but still easy , the main grip i have is " is it good ? am doing anything that really satisfy me help improve musically and technically or am i just composing just for the sake of it ? "
the satisfaction and self criticism is the main issue for me , and ironically the more i progress/learn new things the harder it is for me to satisfy myself musically