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Old 12-22-2012, 01:45 PM   #1
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Solo Project

I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on writing and recording a solo project. It's something I've been wanting to do for a long time, but I'm having trouble actually bringing it all together. I can play all the instruments, I can record myself. But it's more of a structural problem. Like I'll write a cool riff, but then have trouble with transitions, or writing a good chorus that I could write lyrics to. Or maybe I should write lyrics first? It seems easier to write with a band because everyone is only responsible for their own parts, and you can just jam it out. Or is it easier to start on bass first, or drums?
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:40 PM   #2
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I start with a vocal melody and some simple chords. I'll spin that vocal melody into some lyrics, or I'll spin a lyric into a simple vocal melody.

Gradually, the simple chords become more fleshed-out guitar arrangements, and the drums and bass kinda suggest themselves from there.

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:05 AM   #3
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Personally, I take a bit of a top-down approach. I start with lyrics and the melody (one seems to suggest the other, usually), then figure out what key it's in and get a chord progression. From there, as chris says, the drums and bass just kinda fill themselves in.

Solos, etc. are usually the last to happen regardless.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:51 AM   #4
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Also, a solo project doesn't have to be a solo project! If you can get the bare bones of a track down (e.g. song structure with chord chart + lyrics\vocal arrangement) you can get other musicians in to help bring the songs to life. A lot of solo artists work like this.
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