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what do u start with...melody or lyrics or accompaniment...go go go...
lyrics or chords. Melody last. Its not important though just go with whatever comes.
need to start with some inspiration.
the marketing campaign.
and melody either at the same time or 2nd. Then music.
then lyrics and melody kind of together.
that might just be because i used to listen to too much oasis though...
but my songs are all shit :)
but never attach them to lyrics. Then I make up lyrics, and come up with a half-assed melody that is shit.
i wrote one about being fat when i was fat. the only line i remember is 'why because there is more of me, do you think less of me?'
i was shit.
truly amazing :D
Music then lyrics, broadly speaking.
1 - Listen to an album you like which is vaguely similar in style to the music you wish to create.
2 - Go through the album re-writing all the lyrics. I find this makes lyric writing easier as you already have everything there for you to facilitate it.
3 - With your new lyrics, write some music to fit them which isn't anything like the original.
Hey presto, you have a song. If you can write decent music that is...
i felt a bit wrong, but i should totaly do it more.
an interesting idea. I might try it sometime.
but not one I'm hugely keen on myself. The problem is then you tend to be too guided by the lyrics/lyric structures before and, even with different music, you wind up with something less original than if you started from scratch.
None of the songs my band are currently playing have been written driectly in this way, but I have taken many pieces of the lyrics I have written by writing in such a way, and made them into more complete songs, so it's definitely a worthy exercise.
Taking verse-chorus-bridge structure from one of my favourite songs, taking a lyrical structure from another one and then making something form it. Never got round to it though.
is to write a new melody for a song you like, then write a new chord sequence for the new melody.
or vice versa - new chord sequence for existing melody and then new melody for that
I tend to work out a couple of lines then work out chords and then write the rest of the song.
I guess the answer is; whatever works best for you.
Inspired by explosions in the sky, I've found that starting with any three notes and some delay pedal atmospherics, songs just write themselves.
So I'd have to say: Plagiarism.
and lyrics before music is taking the hard route. i find it easier to write a piece of music, some chords or whatever and then usually sing words from another song over the top to come up with melody and then fit lyrics into that melody.
then record it in cubase and and fuck with it completely usually changing totally until it sounds reasonable.
1. Decent musical idea that I stumble on when playing around on my guitar / keyboard / whatever
2. Deciding that there is potential to develop this idea
3. Finding something to actually write the song about
4. Developing basic melodic / harmonic themes, possibly bits of lyrics simultaneously
5. Work through variations on themes
7. Finish off lyrics
In fact I might even go as far as to say that structure seems to be the hardest word.
1. come up with four-note block chords. there must be eight of these. they must all be different.
2. add 'jaunty' rhythm.
3. add snide lyrics.
4. fix the whole thing to a 'les miserables' descending bassline.
5. interpolate with musically-unrelated genesis-influenced keyboardy noodly B-section.
HEY PRESTO! YOU HAVE A SONG.
...get drunk, play random chords whilst ranting over the top about something or other, and then enjoy my friends laughing at me.