Tomorrow is the final day of my 21 day VGM Challenge and I was debating waiting until next week to do the wrap up post or just doing it day before it was over. But I figure, what I learned during the challenge isn’t going to change overnight so I’ll just do a post about the things I learned during these past 21 days in a nice bullet list format!
- Biggest thing I learned was no matter what, if you want to write something, just sit down and write. This doesn’t just go for music, it goes for anything: If you want to write a novel or fanfic, or blog, just sit down and write. You’re not going to like the first thing you churn out, but you’ll have something to grow and learn from, and you’ll get your brain working in a creative way so you can actually be in the proper mindset to work on the piece.
- For music, don’t be afraid of hitting a road block! There were so many times during this challenge I hit a snag while making a melody or chord progression, but instead of getting frustrated, I stopped and said what I had was going to be my bars for that day. A few times, the next day I came up with something I could use for the thing the day before, so just stopping and taking a breather instead of banging my head against the wall helped loads.
- This is a huuuge one that I see a lot of musicians and creators struggle with, and it’s a constant battle for us but honestly don’t be a perfectionist. There were a few times I made a mistake, and it made something even better than I was trying to get because instead of giving up because it wasn’t “perfect” I forged forward in spite of the “imperfections”. Especially in music, flaws show character, and can make something great out of something you may have thought was garbage. So really try and check your perfectionism at the door, and just get out there and create!
- I was getting burnt out halfway through the challenge, but I forced myself to keep on moving forward. I know people think that creativity should be some sort of muse, or flash on inspiration, but it’s really a muscle you need to flex so it can get developed enough to come up with ideas. Whenever you need to. If you want to make this your profession, then making music when you’re not “inspired” is a must have skill.
- I’m slowly learning how to develop better melodies and figuring out how to make things more dynamic, and I wouldn’t have known that without this challenge. I also wouldn’t have figured out the sorts of VSTs I want to buy for the type of music I make without it either, and wouldn’t have figured out writing for different styles isn’t as hard as I thought. I put off doing a few other projects to keep my momentum going for this challenge, so I will probably do this sort of thing every so often to get a lot of ideas for songs.
- As it stands, I’m going to work on some collabs, some other covers, and also work on fleshing the ideas I got from this challenge out (I already have at least three things I know where I want to go woo). I’m really happy I did this because as you see, I learned a lot from it, and enjoyed it a lot and defs will do it again!
If you want to check out the ideas I came up with during the challenge, you can check out the playlist I made for them here!