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Old 04-07-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Tips/Advice on how to compose guitar instrumentals

Can anyone give some tips on how to compose music. Any advice on composing solos, rhythm playing, and rifts. I can play other people's stuff that are already pre-written, but when it come to making up my own stuff it does not fair out too well. As far as generes I like, I prefer blues(both acoustic and electric), rock, and some metal
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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listen to alot of music and work on your ear

also lots of practice just write something every day even if its not good or you foret it youll get better at it as you go along

also having a bit of knowhow on music like at least knowing chords and the major minor pentatonic scales will help immensly
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:31 PM   #3
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Start with chord songs, and slowly build from there. Learning common chord progressions helps as well, even if your song is a "4 chord song", (C G Am F), you have to start somewhere. Many big hits are 4 chords songs anyways.

When coming up with simple riffs, play around in the minor pentatonic scale until you find something you like and then find the key you like it to be in.

As for advancing from there.. I dunno because I haven't yet.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:27 AM   #4
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I think just noodling around with a scale isn't a good way to write riffs. You aren't thinking in music and your fingers do the job. Composing should happen in your head, not in your fingers. If you have a good ear, that's a good thing and makes composing much easier. If you hear something in your head, you can instantly play it.

Yeah, it's good to learn how different kind of chord progressions sound like.

Think in sound when you compose because the song will be sound, not fingerings on your fretboard.

And if you want to compose a rock song, listen to rock songs and analyze what's happening (structure, chords, rhythms, melodies).
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:29 AM   #5
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Write a melody.

Determine a key centre

Find an appropriate rhythm that compliments your ideas, and the theme.

Harmonize the melody with chords.

Finally solo following a chord tone soloing strategy, as appropriate. This means decide where the chords seem to fall best. They don't have to change every note.

Mix it up by using occasional out of key ideas and accidentals.

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Old 04-09-2013, 04:19 AM   #6
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Write a melody.

Determine a key centre

Find an appropriate rhythm that compliments your ideas, and the theme.

Harmonize the melody with chords.

Finally solo following a chord tone soloing strategy, as appropriate. This means decide where the chords seem to fall best. They don't have to change every note.

Mix it up by using occasional out of key ideas and accidentals.

Best,

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i concur but i would do it a little bit different since my music is very rhythm based

create a rhythm, using notes of course (fiddle around with scales or any patterns use your eyes and ears for this part) now determine your key what notes you can use, use those as your base and feel around for other notes that might not particularly fit but could in context

Find an appropriate melody that compliments your ideas, and the rhythm (However with instrumental music, i prefer contrasting rhythms between melody and the original riff, all personal preference). Harmonize in certain areas


If youre music calls for soloing find the appropriate spot, you definitely should give it a go but dont ask me lol


so find what works best for you and if its not what you want it to be, nothings set in stone back to the drawing boards. See my newest uploads on my page for a mood placer if you will >.>

good luck!

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