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OfflineTasty_Smurf_House
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Writing music.
    #2919543 - 07/23/04 08:33 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I've been trying to write music lately. I'm mainly looking to write songs I could play in a band and stuff, ya know, go do shows at the basement or the wash 'n slosh or something.

I have 2 guitars and a bass. I'm alright at guitar, I excel at bass, and I have a drumkit, but I'm completely inexperienced at drumming. I plan on getting lessons as soon as I can.

Anyways, does anyone have any tips or any thing that could possibly help me out. Ideas or such. So far I've only got one song going, I think I have most of the guitar for it. I think I will do the bass soon.

When writing a song should I have a lyrical content idea already or can I come up with lyrics later, or vice-versa. I've never been too involved in the writing of music and any help from a fellow musician would be muchly appreciated! Thanks.  :laugh:


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Re: Writing music. [Re: Tasty_Smurf_House]
    #2919545 - 07/23/04 08:35 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

i think the best way to go about it would be to make the melody, or riff, or whatever.. then write lyrics that would fit. in terms of syllables and timing i mean.

but i don't really know man, i've been working on it too and trying to figure it out. i tried writing guitar parts to some of my poetry but it didn't really work out.. so now i'm thinking what i described above would be better.


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Re: Writing music. [Re: fung_us_among_us]
    #2919562 - 07/23/04 08:51 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I definitely think it's easier to write the musical parts first.. I even go so far as to create the vocal melody before the words sometimes.. just hum along, or spurt gibberish words (works well because you can have as many syllables as you want in whatever given spot) then I go back after and "fill in the blanks" so to speak.

This isn't the only way I've written songs, but it works...


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Re: Writing music. [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #2919566 - 07/23/04 09:02 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

That's actually a really good idea, as far as the vocal melody and gibberish.

Again, any and all help is welcome and appreciated! Keep it comin.


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Re: Writing music. [Re: Tasty_Smurf_House]
    #2920781 - 07/23/04 04:21 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

find a melody that keeps playing in your head and build off it

in terms of the motion of the song, try and visualize it. i usually picture a nature scene or part of a movie or something and think of how the music would move along with it.

i used to write alot of music
now ive left all my old influences and am waiting for new ones. when they come to me I will start writing again.


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Re: Writing music. [Re: Tasty_Smurf_House]
    #2920910 - 07/23/04 04:53 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Different approaches yield different results. Experiment with as many different methods as you possibly can. Eventually you'll find your groove. Personally, I think one thing to watch out for is setting either the music or the lyrics in stone. Weave one around the other, back and forth. Be flexible. Of course, it's different for everyone. Some might enjoy the challenge of replacing "melodic gibberish" with meaningful lyrics while preserving the syllabic rhythm. It's all a matter of personal taste. Just have fun. 
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Re: Writing music. [Re: Tasty_Smurf_House]
    #2921294 - 07/23/04 06:38 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

There are no rules to songwriting and music, at least that's how I see it. I almost always write the music first though. It's what I always hear in my head and what comes first for me. The best writing comes with good inspiration and feeling.


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Re: Writing music. [Re: Tasty_Smurf_House]
    #2921846 - 07/23/04 09:19 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

I'll usually start with some guitar riff or chord progression. Then I'll hum the tune of how I want to sing it. Then I'll start writing lyrics as they come. Most songs will have a format, which usually is Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus. Of course, those are just guidelines. You can change it up a bit and see if you find some other format works better.


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