If you’re looking for fresh ideas for your songwriting, try this:
Before you touch your instrument, start with a drum loop.
Put on something simple and then just jam to it.
Having a beat you can bounce off can really help you get a strong groove.
Often it’s not the chords themselves that make a song great, but the rhythm and the spaces between them.
If you really want to push into new terrain then pick a beat in a musical style you don’t normally play; e.g. if you’re a rocker perhaps pick bossa nova.
It can be a great tactic to get you out of your normal writing mindset and into something completely different, at least enough to get a new song started.
TIP: If you’re using an iOS device then check out LumBeat‘s drum apps. They may be a little pricey, but they are fantastic and great jamming companions!