Making the most of lockdown

Posted on: 15 May 2020

Musician's are using technology to stay connected and creative during lockdown

As always in times of hardship and challenge, creative brains search for a different way. Creators are working even harder to find more ways of reaching people and in the current circumstances we’ve seen some amazing content and innovative workarounds.

Here we take a look at some of the positives to come from the lockdown.

Zoom

This helpful video conferencing app, barely heard of before lockdown, is reportedly being used by businesses for work meetings and by members of the public across the world for family and friends quizzes and catch ups! However its also be effectively used as a way to continue instrumental tuition for our superstars of the future and a communication tool for musicians to work together and create. 

The use of WhatsApp and Facetime has also increased, with creative educators and students able to can stay connected and keep progressing.

The use of Zoom, WhatsApp and Facetime has increased with tutors hosting online sessions

New content

Bands, groups and orchestras have all made the most of being able to record in isolation. Music and video editing software, like Logic and iMovie, is proving popular in lockdown as musicians find ways to continue sharing content and performances. We’ve also seen some brilliant new collaborations including the star studded 'Times Like These' cover that aired on the BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge.

Fresh approaches

Social media has enabled us to feel closer to some of our favourite musicians more than ever before, but the lockdown has arguably generated a less 'stage-managed' view, with personal at-home sessions, discussions, live chats and even being able to see how many books Sam Smith has at home!

It’s an intimacy that can often feel left behind in exchange for the glamour of fame and celebrity and its been really refreshing to see.

Growing a creative future

We’ve seen numerous examples of people dusting off old instruments that haven’t seen the light of day for a while and also stories of people being encouraged to learn for the first time.

Retailers and online marketplaces have been busy sending out accessories and starter instruments and doing all they can to safely encourage this positive side effect of the lockdown.

People are fixing up old instruments to revisit and learn during lockdown

What have you been doing to keep engaged and productive as a musician in the current environment? What fresh challenges have you taken on, what new connections have you made?

Why not share what you have been doing with us and we’ll share some of your examples in future articles. We’d love to see what you’ve been up to.

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