Sometimes motivation may be a problem with creating and practising your music. I go along with the notion that there are many ways to do this. Simply listening to music can be inspiring so if you don’t feel like playing your instrument, have a browse through your CD collection or online sources to find something new to lend an ear to. Since music is all about listening and replicating what you hear it is a good way to acquire new skills in transcription. Try working out the chords you hear and sing the melody lines then try to play them. Don’t pressure yourself as truly creative moments are inspired and tend to happen when the mind is not subject to stress. Doing something different can help motivation… So just like doing a crossword puzzle, really listening to a piece of music and working out what’s happening can inspire your own creative process. Above all though, make it fun!