I’ve been working on composing a full three-hour show with original songs but all good things come in time. For me; a short break helps songwriting.
I started out with a solid 45-minute set with a couple covers and needed to split shows other artist because of my lack of material. It wasn’t until last year when I could start soloing an entire show, with more original songs and a few more covers, but I still needed to do the dreaded song-repeat at the end of a set to make time.
I’m happy to say now those song repeats are getting less of an issue with new songs popping up and old covers put into the repertoire to help make time.
My 72-hour Break
I’ve been trying to add at least one new song per show, either a cover song or a new original. I’ll practice and iron out the creases then do a show. After that I think it’s good to set down the guitar and rest for a little while, for me it’s 72 hours, but not usually past that.
When I first pick up the guitar after the break I try to come up with a new melody. Not always, but from time to time I’m surprised with a new song from that first moment I start plucking. It’s actually kind of incredible and I’m sure there is some great explanation out there why it’s easier to come up with new material after a break, be it inspiration from other music or simply getting out of the groove you were in before. Who knows?
If I don’t have a magic song pop up I learn a song that I enjoyed the most during my playing break.
It’s always a work in progress. I’ve shelved a lot of songs as I’ve moved forward, but it’s nice to have a constantly growing repertoire.