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Do you want me to show you?
lots of it.
you want someone like Eunice Huthart from Gladiators.
jut team up with Eunice for a cover of the Gladiators theme bw/ Eye of the Tiger.
and plenty of candles in the video.
Also, the lyrics should be structured around a really tenuous metaphor.
or weep in the middle?
and lots of it
Well, co-written with my flatmate.
The lyrics should be from the point of view of someone who has recently gone through a painful break-up, while the song should be based in A minor and involve F, G and C chords.
At least that's what we did.
The Ballad of Hugh Fearnly-Whittingstall.
i wouldnt bother to copy and paste it. so why should you.
everything just sounds like oasis
change it about a bit and rebuild it
It's a POWER ballad. Any acoustic guitars should be limited to the intro and first verse - possibly even a breakdown. After that, electric guitars need to soar. With copious reverb.
2. Grow your hair into some disgusting, brillo-pad-esque mess (you can practice together whilst this happens - it may take a while)
3. Learn 4 riffs on your guitar and strum them in 4/4 timing repeatedly
4. Have your bassist follow this exact riff throughout the song (except for the bridge, where you will attempt a solo to display how dexterous you are, but instead display only what a clumsy novice you are)
5. Make music video where you try to look pained throughout by out-stretching your arms and staring directly into the camera lens - the way you look will either make or break your video
so it looks like you don't care about appearances. The trick, however, is to always have a stylist on hand, so it only APPEARS you don't seem hollow. You see? Making a power ballad may seem like a complex art to the outsider, but it's the little tricks of the trade that assist
for that last uplifting chorus. Maybe even two.
you must all be such talented musicians.
Let's not tell anyone our secret of key power ballad song-crafting skills, eh? Otherwise there'd end up being carbon copies ubiquitously and they'd make 3 double CD releases of an album called something like "The Greatest Power Ballads EVER"
I vi IV and V and their relative maj / mins
modulate down a tone for the middle 8
then up a tone on the reprise towards the end.
rake it in bwoyeee
is the perfect example. Make sure you've got a clear distinction between:
verse (brooding, scene setting, ooh this is mysteriously sad)
bridge (up the ante, 'i can't takes it no more')
chorus (lay them cards on the table,
it's time to say what you gotta say)
tip no 1: use an actual instrument
Though frighteningly, whenever I do have an idea I always have to think "oh, but if I actually wrote that song i'd have to make it interesting"
I need to learn how to do music soon or i'll have to get a proper job.
just an instrumental, just a verse, not the intro. synths.
-That's really good. You're onto something. The Discount grime-power ballad - why hasn't Dizzee done this? Could you add some singing? Words about drowning swans etc..
it shall have righteous verbiage
its for www.myspace.com/pluralsplurals
its good to know my day hasnt been a complete waste
He'll not be needing them for a while
For added emotion.