One of the best guitarists in the world, Yngwie Malmsteen, recently talked about inspiration. He stated that the first creation is always better; hence when a person is inspired, they shouldn’t rehearse it many times but rather stick with the initial overflow of feelings.
Inspiration comes at random times, usually before or after experiencing some unexpected feelings or challenging situations. It is difficult for artists to be inspired on queue. Thus, the musicians who manage to find inspiration more easily tend to be more successful in the industry. Yet, what is the best way a musician can reflect their inspirations on music, and what should the artist’s attitude be?
For Yngwie Malmsteen, you have to note down and capture the first moments without overthinking. He stated that when you think about it too much, you want to edit it and try to make it ‘perfect,’ which gets you out of the inspirational zone. According to Malmsteen, the initial recording always sounds better, especially without rehearsing it many times.
Here is what he stated about the process of inspiration:
“All that time in the studio was great for me, but you’ve got to be careful that you don’t overthink it and start second-guessing yourself. It never sounds better when you do. I’ve learned my most inspired moments have been captured on the first take. When inspiration like that comes, I try to record it right away. None of this let’s-rehearse-it-100 times-with-a band. That kills it.“
Malmsteen released his most recent album ‘Parabellum’ in July, which was inspired by the pandemic. Initially, the album was supposed to be released in May 2021. However, touring wasn’t an option because of COVID-19 so, he had more time to work on and finish ‘Parabellum.’