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Okay, i thinking about starting to write my own songs. Anyone got any advice?

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xxxafterglow
xxxafterglow

12 years ago

There's a decent book by R. Rooksby (sp?) out there if you are a book-learner. Otherwise, listen to music you like and pay attention to the song structure (e.g. verse - prechorus - verse - chorus - verse - bridge - chorus). Even the amazing-phenomenal-wondrous-godly Velvet Underground started with three-chord songs. As for lyrics... write. A LOT. Write all the time. Write on the bus. Write on the subway. Write in the bathroom. Write while you're watching TV. I second Caitlinsdad's recommendation of a notebook. I prefer Moleskines (delicious paper to write on). Fill those suckas up!

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

12 years ago

Are you composing just instrumental or music with lyrics? I guess they have all of the musician guilds that you can ask around in. Are there any music teachers that you can ask? I have found those that work in music stores are usually aspiring or gigging musicians that would love to offer advice or tell of their travails. I guess you would have to know how to read/write music notation as a first step. It seems there is real theory into song composition that is studied at music schools but if you have talent I don't know if you need to go deep into other than understanding basic song structure. Keep a portable tape recorder to record any licks or riffs that come to mind. I think composers have called their voicemail/answering machine to humm a tune they want to expand on. Try a freebie midi recording software to help compose something on the computer and play it live. This of course is only advice from a humble amateur recreational keyboard player. Check out Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius clips on youtube for great bass playing(jazz/fusion).

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wingman246
wingman246

Reply 12 years ago

well right now i want to get some practice in lyric writing, then once i have a feel for that, i'll put music to it.

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caitlinsdad
caitlinsdad

Reply 12 years ago

I suggest keeping a small notepad in your pocket to always have handy for jotting down any ideas, words or phrases that seems to be interesting or evoke any emotional response. Kind of like a diary to note any observations or record good stories. Read poetry-good and bad/simple and complex to get creative. Listen to everything to see what kind of style you might want to emulate or improve upon.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

12 years ago

It is easier to set a set of lyrics to music if the cadence balanced

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Doctor What
Doctor What

12 years ago

You could write them about personal experiences...

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wingman246
wingman246

Reply 12 years ago

wow that was a quick response.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

Was it? I just hit the forum button... Or do you mean, it was a short response containing no thought?

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wingman246
wingman246

Reply 12 years ago

it was quick as in i posted the topic then clicked forums and bam! i saw i had one reply.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

Reply 12 years ago

Either it's a coincidence or a shift in time and space.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 12 years ago

One minute after, you post came. 6:50 PM 6:51 PM