Alexis Maquet commented on one of my posts in the My Music forum that it was good that I had live musicians playing the example. As a live musician myself I appreciated that!
It also drove home the fact that I have a great mental block when it comes to “writing in a vacuum”.
If I’m writing for a live group, particularly one I’m either involved with or one I know something about, things seem to flow.
If I’m writing a piece, say a string quartet, just for the sake of writing a string quartet I have a hard time staying focused on the project, developing the ideas, or simply avoiding the churn.
Do you share the same or similar mental block? If so, how does it manifest itself?
How do you (or what do you do) to circumvent the situation?
I look forward to reading your thoughts and experiences!