#1
I wanted to ask how those of you who write deliberately for a particular genre know that when the song is taken from the basic stages (e.g. chords on an acoustic guitar with some lyrics) through the full production/arrangement/instrumentation process it will come out the other side suiting that style? Are there any measures you take? Any kind of formula you have developed for yourself?
#2
This is a good question. I'm relatively new to song writing, and all too often I have a concept in my mind and when I get a rough recording done with some of the basic effects to get an idea, it is not what I intended.

In my experience there is only one way to remedy this. You either keep your song completely original if you like it and you take a chance (People could either love it or hate it) or you take the basic principles of the song and transform it into a genre.

For instance if you are writing a metal song and it comes out sounding too soft you might add in a breakdown section with more intense drums and some chugging. Or if youre writing a blues song and it doesn't sound "sad" enough (If that's what youre going for) you may need to slow the tempo etc.

My point is that to write a genre specific song you have to actually give in and let a little originality go because after all you are trying to make the song sound familiar so it sells or so that people recognize it.
#3
For me, when writing with just an acoustic what you're playing only forms part of the creation - I always have stuff like bass, drums, lead etc going on in my head so I know what the end result will sound like.

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#4
Quote by GaryBillington
For me, when writing with just an acoustic what you're playing only forms part of the creation - I always have stuff like bass, drums, lead etc going on in my head so I know what the end result will sound like.


I am striving to get to this point. I can really imagine melodies and accompaniment but I cannot imagine drums until I have a set in front of me to play on with the song being played in some form.
#5
Dude. NEVER think of genres in regards to writing your songs. Genres are for easier navigation for macfags.