New Items to Have in the Room When You Write New Music

We don’t need much other than an Instrument and our desire to make music during the writing process, but we do need some things. What you have in the room when you write can absolutely have a huge impact on the music you end up creating. Some of the items on this List seem obvious, but their importance and usefulness for your writing process really cannot be overestimated. Nothing on this List should be too difficult to find, and making sure that these items are ready when you write will make your musical life much easier and more productive.

Pencil and Paper

Note that the preferred writing tool is a pencil and not a pen. You need to delete and rewrite elements. You can also write chord progressions and lyrics on your laptop, although this is a great distraction to avoid due to notifications and emails on social networks. If you write and think that you can remember what you do afterwards, this is usually not the matter. Whether it’s an interesting Riff between sections or a lyrical idea that you liked, these ideas slip through our fingers. That’s why you need to document your ideas as they are created. It’s so easy to do, but also so easy to forget.

Recording device or DAW

If you like something that you are working on, you should save it immediately. Not only does it help you remember what you have been working on so that you can develop it after, but it also helps to capture the emotional and creative urgency of the moment. This urgency is essential to turn a vague idea into a song that you really like, so it’s important. Some writers like to integrate and produce their ideas directly into their DAWs from the start. There is no wrong way to do this as long as you don’t post Selfies on social media instead of writing. In any matter, be sure to include the ideas that you want to develop into songs, or even just fragments of ideas that you like.


Is it important to have a metronome handy when writing? No, definitely not. But it’s a good tool to have. For example, if you are working on a rhythm or synthesizer line, regularly clicking on the metronome will help to shape and consolidate the idea. We often create and put our ideas into practice thinking that we have lowered them only to find that we are fragile at the moment of inclusion. Including the metronome at the beginning will prevent you from learning and mastering your ideas after.

Several Instruments

Virtually everyone reading this is writing songs with a primary instrument, such as a guitar or piano, or experimenting with a sound library in a DAW. However, I think that when you are writing, you should have two or more instruments in the room. If you have several instrumental options to choose from, you can choose different approaches to your songs that work best. Often we start from one Instrument and continue without realizing that an idea could be better represented on another Instrument. At the beginning of the process, try your ideas on several instruments to see which direction you prefer.

Soothing or inspiring things

This is another item on the List that is not essential, but is certainly useful. Whether it’s your favorite table or chair, add inspiring and soothing elements to the room in which you are writing. Doing this is a luxury, but it will help you feel more focused and comfortable with your process. Taking a little more time and money to bring Inspiration and comfort to your space will make it a place where you will want to write and spend time.

Writing music can be really, really difficult. That’s why it’s so important to focus on the things we can control in the writing process, like what’s in the room when we’re making music. The good habits that you adopt now in your career will help you to be productive and engaged in the future.

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