Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2034569 - 02/17/13 02:43 AM When you just CAN'T keep it going...
JoelW Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/25/12
Posts: 4762
Loc: USA
I've been writing another miniature and I'm stuck. I can't figure out how to keep it going. I've got a decent amount of material but I haven't been able to write anything more to it. I've been stuck for weeks. How can I help this?

Top
Piano & Music Acc. / Sheet Music


Sheet Music Plus Homepage
#2034587 - 02/17/13 04:14 AM Re: When you just CAN'T keep it going... [Re: JoelW]
Michael Sayers Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/15/13
Posts: 882
Loc: Stockholms lšn, Sverige
Hi Joel,

It is okay to be stuck for weeks.

In my belief it is best to not "force" compositions. If you put it away for a while and work on something else, eventually the right association of ideas will come to you - perhaps quite unexpectedly!


Mvh,
Michael

Top
#2034590 - 02/17/13 04:26 AM Re: When you just CAN'T keep it going... [Re: JoelW]
Nikolas Online   content
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/26/07
Posts: 5221
Loc: Europe
Joel,

Let it be...

I've been stuck in works for years (even decades in one case)... One of the works in my piano duets dates from the late 90s! laugh So since I found a use for it, it's fine I think... wink

Keep a note, a draft, a recording, a midi file, something and move on to the next one! wink
_________________________
http://www.musica-ferrum.com

Top
#2034595 - 02/17/13 05:15 AM Re: When you just CAN'T keep it going... [Re: JoelW]
Sand Tiger Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/25/12
Posts: 993
Loc: Southern California
I agree with Nikolas. If a person put forth a good effort, and it isn't working out, move on to the next piece. Start with a clean sheet of paper.

My best pieces tend to flow out, at least the main parts of it. Polishing may require a good deal of work, but the main ideas tend to sparkle like gems quickly. At times it is fools gold and it doesn't work out, then it is time to move to the next one.

Write lots. Spend time on it every day if possible. Some pieces will be better than others, and sometimes audiences will not agree with the composer. Sometimes an old idea will become very useful later, so keep the recordings and notes.
_________________________
my piano uploads

Top
#2034599 - 02/17/13 05:33 AM Re: When you just CAN'T keep it going... [Re: JoelW]
Ben Crosland Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/11/10
Posts: 418
Loc: Worcester, UK
I don't know if it will work for you, Joel, but when this happens to me, I often get past it by just keeping the bit I already have in my head, and humming it when I'm doing other stuff. At some point, mostly when I'm only mostly focused on the other stuff, I start humming the next bit. But then, I consider most of my music to be in the form of "songs without words", so it makes sense to approach it from a vocal sense.
_________________________
Teacher, Composer, Sound Designer

Cool Beans!

Easy Christmas Jazz

YouTube channel




Top
#2034626 - 02/17/13 08:01 AM Re: When you just CAN'T keep it going... [Re: JoelW]
Derulux Offline
5000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/06/05
Posts: 5286
Loc: Philadelphia
This would seem to be the story of my composing life. I've got a great 8-note phrase that I can't seem to do anything with (for over a year). Hopefully, you're able to move on to something else. Otherwise, you'll sit in frustration, and that's no good for the creative side.
_________________________
Every day we are afforded a new chance. The problem with life is not that you run out of chances. In the end, what you run out of are days.

Top
#2034768 - 02/17/13 01:23 PM Re: When you just CAN'T keep it going... [Re: Derulux]
Ben Crosland Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/11/10
Posts: 418
Loc: Worcester, UK
Originally Posted By: Derulux
This would seem to be the story of my composing life. I've got a great 8-note phrase that I can't seem to do anything with (for over a year).


Yep. Got me one of them wink
_________________________
Teacher, Composer, Sound Designer

Cool Beans!

Easy Christmas Jazz

YouTube channel




Top
#2036209 - 02/20/13 02:25 AM Re: When you just CAN'T keep it going... [Re: Sand Tiger]
JoelW Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/25/12
Posts: 4762
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Sand Tiger
My best pieces tend to flow out, at least the main parts of it.


Most definitely. My D-flat miniature seemed to write itself. I'm not claiming it to be a good piece of music, but I'm happy with it, and it was a pleasure to compose. The frustrating thing is that when I'm writing a piece that I really like and am proud of, and then all of a sudden being totally stumped as to what to write next. I know I should just leave it alone like you said, but it creates a feeling of utter disappointment.

Top
#2038399 - 02/24/13 11:08 AM Re: When you just CAN'T keep it going... [Re: JoelW]
Exalted Wombat Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 02/28/09
Posts: 1194
Loc: London UK
Originally Posted By: JoelW
I've been writing another miniature and I'm stuck. I can't figure out how to keep it going. I've got a decent amount of material but I haven't been able to write anything more to it. I've been stuck for weeks. How can I help this?


Yes - just leave it and start another one. File all the material under "good ideas - to be used in something later". It isn't wasted.

Top

Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
Our latest Issue is available now...
Piano News - Interesting & Fun Piano Related Newsletter! (free)
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
76 registered (36251, anotherscott, Al LaPorte, AndrewJCW, barbaram, 19 invisible), 1486 Guests and 17 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75588 Members
42 Forums
156299 Topics
2295474 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Happy Birthday earlofmar !!!!
by CarlosCC
07/31/14 04:49 AM
Tight Key ??
by moy71
07/31/14 01:15 AM
Learning progress
by sunnyday
07/31/14 01:10 AM
How old is a Ahlborn-Galanti Digital Pipe Organ Chronicler
by Chopinlover49
07/30/14 10:55 PM
1906 Steinway K52 purchase for recording studio?
by nlive
07/30/14 10:44 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission