How to Properly Hold a Musical Brainstorming Session

Every band knows how frustrating it can be to collaborate with the intention of creating a new song. This is due in no small part to the fact that each artist within the group has his or own personality and sense of pride. Furthermore, ego and talent can often represent a rather volatile combination. So, attempting to come across a sense of cohesion can sometimes be exceedingly challenging. This is why it might be a good idea to approach your next brainstorming session from a slightly different perspective. Let’s quickly examine some interesting tips and techniques that will come in handy when the going gets tough.

All About Obtaining Collective Input
It can actually be wise to view a musical brainstorming session in the same manner as a team project within traditional work settings. Every team has a designated leader. The same holds true with a band. In the same way, both scenarios will require input from other members if a solution is to be reached. This is why no single voice should ever dominate a gathering. While each member will obviously share his or her thoughts and control the conversation for a period of time, it is important to remain focused upon its collective nature.

This is also important if you hope to avoid interpersonal conflicts (although these will inevitably occur from time to time). Allowing the voices of each member to be heard will often result in some amazing outcomes. In the same respect, this sense of resonant cohesion will ensure that all band members are in agreement from a long-term perspective.

Know When to Take a Break
As you already know, it is necessary to burn the midnight oil on occasion in order to come across that enviable spark of inspiration. Still, how much is too much? A time will come when mental fatigue supersedes creativity. It is important to know when to take a step back. Some experts recommend implementing a ten-minute break every hour. Members can take a breath of fresh air, play a quick game on sites such as or simply sit back and relax. These brief mental hiatuses will enable you to return to the project with a sense of vigor and motivation; both key traits if you hope to retain your productivity.

There are likewise times when you and your members have simply burned out to the point when nothing good will result from continuing. In this scenario, it is wise to close the session until you feel refreshed and up to the task. It makes little sense continuing if the results will be substandard.

Of course, it can take weeks or even months to write a song. There is nothing wrong with such a drawn-out process, as it will allow your thoughts to “ferment” in order to create truly amazing music. Try to avoid any feelings of frustration and above all, always remember that the creative process is not always easy. If it were, everyone would be a successful musician.