How To Play ANY Instrument In A Lucid Dream & Create Music


🌙 Written by Kai Riverstone, international lucid dreaming expert and teacher. Learn how to lucid dream in 7 days or less.

Even if you’ve NEVER played an instrument in your life, you can pick one up in a dream, and play it as if you were a MASTER. Here’s how.

Do you play any instruments? It doesn’t matter if you do, or if you don’t – You can play them in a lucid dream. You see, your mind is a very complex thing. Throughout your life, you will have seen videos of other people playing instruments, unless you’ve been living in a cave.

You may have even seen people in real life playing instruments, either at gigs or in person if you have a friend who’s musical. Playing instruments in a dream is actually very fun and you can even write songs.

Playing the piano in a lucid dream

You can play instruments in a lucid dream very easily. You may have even found yourself playing them in a regular dream as well. Your mind doesn’t need to know how to actually play the instrument, because it can create the sounds just from memory and from things you’ve seen before.

Every video or sound clip you’ve ever heard of people playing the guitar or piano etc is stored up in your brain and you can really use that information in a dream.

You can create beautiful sounding songs and instrumentals just by finding a ‘dream instrument’ and starting to play.

How to play an instrument in a dream

To really understand this, you must realise that the whole idea of playing instruments in a lucid dream is that you must ‘believe’ you can play them. If you don’t, you’ll just end up playing a load of random sloppy notes.


  • Find an instrument to play! This can be anything but ideally something you WANT to play and you’ve heard before. You can either do this by ‘willing it to appear’ or by actually looking for one. Whatever instrument you’d like to play, go and find one. Pick it up, and before you try to play, imagine the sounds you’d like to hear.
  • At this stage, you may have your mind filled with amazing noises, some of which you’ve never heard before. A different type of music, which can only really be understood in the dream world. Okay, so start thinking about the sounds you’d like to create with your instrument.
  • If you want to play something you’ve played before, simply try and remember it just before picking up the instrument. You’ll be able to play it!

Now, imagine yourself playing it. Move your hands/feet (depending on which instrument you have) and imagine the sounds you want to hear coming out. Your brain will do the rest for you.

It’s really quite an amazing experience to have, because specially if you’ve never played an instrument before, or if you’re not very good at it, you can instantly become a master in a dream. This is because your subconscious mind, as we’ve talked about before, can create the sounds from memory and even from imagination.

It helps if you already play

If you want to write the song you’ve just played down when you wake up, it really does help if you already know how to play the instrument. If not, the best you’ll be able to do is record yourself humming the tune.

Dream guitar playing

When trying to remember the tune, your dream recall needs to be PERFECT. This is because remembering dreams is hard enough, but remembering a tune or a melody you created in the dream? You need to be good at dream recall, and the best way to do that is just to practice.

It’s more about the feeling

When you compose lucid dream music, it’s less about the technical composition (that doesn’t really matter at all) and more about the feeling, and sound of the piece.

In a dream, much like writing, you’ll never really be able to do things like play the EXACT right notes on the fretboard. It will feel like you are, but you won’t be able to remember what notes you played. What you WILL be able to remember, is the basic sound, feeling or TONE of a bit of music.

Sometimes, after creating it in a lucid dream, I’ll wake up and play it on guitar, and it will sound almost the same but not quite. What usually happens is I’ll be able to recreate the FEELING of a bit of music from a dream, and then sort of fill int he gaps when I wake up. This is still a really good way of creating music because it’s coming directly from your subconscious mind.

Practising playing instruments in a dream

If you already play an instrument in real life, you can improve in a dream. If you already play an instrument, you may find you’re able to practice your musical skill in a dream, and have it transferred to real life. This is an interesting concept and one which could prove very useful in the future for many different types of people.

One of the most fascinating things about lucid dreams is being able to practice skills in a dream, which therefore ‘changes’ your brain in a way that normally only happens when you physically do the task in question.

Tools to help you compose

In order to really start composing lucid music, as we mentioned there are some things you need to do. You’ll need to have a really good level of dream recall, and that can be achieved by taking a dream recall supplement. You’ll also want to make sure you’re good at doing your reality checks, and that your lucid dream is deep enough and long enough for you to have time to do it all!


  • Try boosting your dream recall with a memory supplement like vitamin B6. It really does make a difference, even just taking one or two pills a day, and there are no side effects!
  • Try using some brainwave entrainment to boost your lucid dreams and how long they last. This will also help you make them more vivid!
  • For making dream music specifically, I’ve found it very useful to use a background noise generator, or to just leave a relaxing film or bit of music on in the background