How to find your style of music
Surely every beginner or more experienced musician has thought about his or her own style. The desire for individuality and identity is understandable, but is it possible to create your own "style" in music from scratch?
The question is ambiguous, because everything has already been invented in one way or another, because none of the great musicians and composers wrote music, as they say, "out of thin air". Everything that is done is a kind of symbiosis of the music that we once heard. Even if you imagine that you will write something new and consider yourself an "original idea", in 99% of cases it will be music that somebody else has composed before you. But it makes sense to talk about how to find your style in music.
What do you need for that?
The most basic advice you can give is just be yourself. Yes, it's as cliché as possible, but all that's going to happen is not some divine revelation. You have to try not to lose your individuality, not to be like everyone else, focusing on the factors around us and the standards that TV or the Internet dictates to us.
This does not mean that you have to become some fringe person who denies all the modern foundations of society. It is enough just to be able to filter information, selecting for yourself only what is really necessary and important.
All of this sounds as general as possible, so for more specificity here are some practical tips:
You should not strive to copy the manner of performance of your idol. Yes, that's why he became your idol, because you like his music, but you should always strive for individuality.
It's not always necessary to take as a basis what is fashionable. There's already a huge amount of the same type of music, so if you do the same thing, you'll only become "one of".
Don't be afraid to start. Will your friends make fun of you? Write something bad on the forum? This does not mean anything and should not bother you. The main thing that making music gave you real pleasure, and the skills will come with practice.
You don't have to focus only on music. Find time for other things, to relax, to date, to draw, i.e. to live a normal life. It's very likely that these additional sources of inspiration will help you in your music.
Be inspired by examples of great (in your opinion) musicians. Read their interviews - they often have good advice and thoughts that are useful to the aspiring musician. It's like an exchange of experiences.
Experiment more. No one has yet learned how to ride a bicycle by reading "How to Learn to Ride a Bicycle?" You just have to get a bike and start pedaling - the logic here is as simple as possible.
Find your musical instrument. It's all individual here, because some people like drums, some like guitar, etc. The musical instrument is the base from which you will form the style of performance that you like best.
You can't invent new harmonies or rhythms, but the form of each musical composition can be original, from the small details to the whole. The form cannot be fitted into any unambiguous scheme, and the phrasing cannot be mathematically planned. This is where all the predetermined elements of music (rhythm, harmony, harmony) gain freedom, becoming a whole - the musical language in which the musician communicates with his listeners.
One's own musical style is formed from melodic, harmonic, rhythmic language and, of course, the ability to work with form. Sting or the Beatles were not innovators in music either, but their sound is original and well-recognizable, i.e. they did have their own style. And that's what every musician should strive for.