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Creativity is increased when there is a strengthened connection and increased communication between both hemispheres of the brain.
Many pre-schools and learning centers use music as one way to boost the connection and, thereby, creativity.
Drums are particularly useful with great results. The reason is that both hands are working simultaneously with each hand playing different rhythms. Drums aren’t the only instruments that promote cross-hemispherical communication. I would assume that practically any and all instruments do.
Since I play a few instruments, I was intrigued by the idea that playing music for a few minutes just before painting might help me get into the creativity zone. So, I decided to add it to my pre-painting routine in the studio. In the past, I always played my instruments in the evening.
A few months ago, in a previous post, I briefly mentioned the idea of developing a routine in the studio to help you get into the zone. Think of a basketball player at the free throw line. His routine is exactly the same every time. It is specifically designed to get him into the zone.
You can do something similar in the studio. Music is one of many things you could add to your routine (some other ideas about developing a routine may be the topic of another post).
I play guitar, djembe (African hand drum), and a little piano. I don’t have a piano at my studio, but I can play the djembe and guitar. I have found that playing either instrument does indeed get my creative juices flowing. I quickly get into the zone.
If you aren’t musical at all, don’t feel that you need to rush out and take djembe lessons. As I said, this isn’t the only way to get into the zone.
I’m just putting it out there as an idea for you to consider. Music works for me. It boosts my creativity.
The only problem is that I sometimes have a hard time putting the instrument down.