We've all heard songs that make you want to say "God how many times have I heard this before... I can't believe someone is geting rich off of of this!". Making original music is not an easy task, but it is chalenging and fun (as music should always be). In this article I will give you tips and advice on how to make original music that can give new life to a music industry that seems to be in a vicious cycle of repetition. We are the musicians of tomorrow being original is our duty.
Note: Keep in mind that these tips can be aplied to any style of music you want to make...
Most songs have very basic rythmes that comme almost naturaly when you are playing the chords/notes to your song. You could play on a more unusual rythme and make the chords fit right in that rythme scheme so that it doesnt sound awkward. Unusual rythmes are hard to master but in some ways they can show the true talent of a songwriting musician.
Normal tuning and drop-D seem to be the tunings most commonly used ,but the guitar and bass offer endless tuning possibilities. Try going drop-D and G on the two largest strings of your guitar you will (like on the two first strings of a 7 string guitar) or tuning all of your guitar down half a step and then tuning your first string down half a step of drop D. You can also find classical tunings in music theory books (nothing would sound cooler than a heavy metal song using a nearly unknown classical tuning!)
There must be a thousand posible scales on a guitar so why always use the same ones? (the perfect example of this is Nickelback, how basic is the scale in "how you remind me"). If you combine a uncommun scale with an uncommun rythme your sure to show you are an inovative and talented songwriter.
There seems to be a predefined arangement for the parts of a song: intro (sometimes), verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo (or interlude), verse... let's try to chalenge this.
You can put 2 solos in your song or 2 different interludes your chorus could be the same thing as your verse only with different lyrics over it. The point is: don't follow any formula.
If you want to add something (like a certain effect or an extra instrument) to your song nothing should restrain you! If you've writen a song that sounds punk-rockish and you think it would sound better with piano or violin on it except your affraid the punk rockers are going to reject the song that way, well forget about them and any one else who thinks you are to daring, go ahead experiment do something you can be proud of! This kind of situation can aplie to any style and any kind of band (if you wanna add banjo and mandolin to a death metal song ect... the list of examples could go on and on).And if your drummer wants (and is able to) sing a part in one of your bands songs why shouldnt he? His voice would make the song more unique and offer a bit of change from your usual lead signer.
Thank you for reading my article. It's my first one and I hope it will be well recieved.