Now for the fun part! This is usually the part of freestyle creation that everyone seems to enjoy. Searching for music can be exciting. However, it could be overwhelming if you don't know where to begin. That is what we will focus on today.
Before you search for your freestyle music you will want to clarify your goals, decide on a course of action, gather your resources, and figure out your horse's BPMs. By knowing your horse's BPMs you will spend less time on your music search.
You might already have a particular band, song, or soundtrack that you are particularly fond of. If you starting from a clean slate, use this list to help you brainstorm ideas.
> Match Your Horse's Breed:
Your horse's breed might lend itself to a particular genre of music. Think about where your horse's breed originates from, and the history that goes along with it.
If you ride a Mustang you might choose music that sounds like the wild west or a movie soundtrack like Spirit. If you ride a Baroque horse (Andalusian, Lusitano, Lipizzan) you might like classical, flamenco, or spanish style music.
> Favorite Movie & T.V. Soundtracks:
Riding to popular movie soundtracks will engage your audience/judge, reminding them of the emotions they felt when they watched that movie.
I chose music from the Outlander soundtrack for my Friesian horse Douwe. I love the T.V. series and I was lucky that the music matched his gaits. Click here to watch our First Level Freestyle that has over 9,000 views on Facebook!
> Favorite Bands & Popular Songs:
Is there a particular song on the radio that you just love? Lyrics are discouraged in the show arena (unless they lend a special quality to the performance) but you can find a variety of cover songs and remakes online.
Search the song name on ITunes and Spotify and you will typically find instrumental versions. Some of my favorite groups that create instrumental songs from modern music are Vitamin String Quartet, Eklipse, and The Piano Guys. You can also find remakes of your favorite songs from the 70s, 80s, etc.
> Favorite Genre of Music:
Are you a huge fan of the 80's? Maybe you love classical music and opera. There are so many genres to choose from. Narrowing it down to one genre may not be as specific as a particular band but it will be a great start!
When you think of your favorite style of music keep in mind how it makes you feel. Gravitate towards music that gives you confidence and keeps you focused, some music can create a lot of excitement that might translate into tension at a horse show.
If you haven't started already, I hope this article inspires you to begin your music search. Putting together your own musical freestyle is a challenge but well worth it in the end.
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Action Step for Today:
Go to the Create a Musical Freestyle Facebook Group and share the theme you have chosen for your freestyle music. Remember, this is just a starting point...you might end up with something completely different so don't worry if you tell the group one thing and end up with another. It's all part of the journey! Enter "Challenge Day Six" into the Search Bar to find the post for you to share and engage with others.
Awesome job! You are further along than most people! Keep going! I will be there to cheer you on and you will have fun connecting with other riders that are taking the challenge as well.
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