Posted by Craig Borlase on 20 May 2018

TeachingHow To Stop Yourself Getting Stale: Pt 2

Noel Robinson – songwriter, worship leader and guitarist to the greats – on how he keeps his musical chops fresh.

Have you ever felt stale as a musician? You don’t appear to at all…

The truth is that over the years I have had those moments when the ideas don’t seem to flow. Those are the times when I feel like I’m just stuck in a rut. I’ve been through enough of them to know what helps; and taking a break from thinking about music is often useful, but it’s not the only way. Sometimes what I need to do is recognise that I’m feeling stale because my music has got stale. At times like that what I need is more music, so I read and study and feed my musical intellect.

Whatever the cause, I always know that prayer and perseverance is key.

Prayer and perseverance2

Have you observed other musicians going through periods of feeling stale? Are there any common causes? Any common remedies?

We are creatures of habit, especially musicians. That means that our musicality does have its creative limits. It might be because of our knowledge of the subject or our ability to interpret the music that we play, or maybe just how we see the world. What I know for sure can help is collaboration. It’s a great way of helping people to break out of the same old, same old and emerge into a fresh place

collaboration 

What part does your musical training play in how you keep engaged musically?

I love listening to all sorts of music. I seem to be able to find beauty in any genre, whether it’s the melody, chord structure, lyrical content or even just the intent of the song. To be able to mine and pull out the intricate nuances of a particular genre takes training and hard work, and as a result I’ve found that it’s possible to bring all kinds of bring styles together. You just have to have an understanding of the genre of the music you are processing.

Beauty

 

Noel Robinson live playing Outrageous Love

 

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