#1
i really love playing Broken by Seether on my acoustic, it's one of the only songs i can play & use finger picking!

& i was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to write things like that

eb|-2h3-----3--3------3-----------2h3-----3---3------3------------|
Bb|------0-------3----3---3-----3-------0--------3----3---3-----3--|
Gb|--------0-----0--0---------0-----------0------0--0----------0----|
Db|-2------------------------0------2---------------------------0-----|
Ab|---------------3---------------------------------3-------------------|
Eb|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
^^ something like that ^^

so, any tips on how to write that stuff?!
#2
there is no secret to writing songs. it either happens or it doesn't. don't force anything and you should be fine.
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#3
weird question there ...
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#4
Quote by fastlanestoner
there is no secret to writing songs. it either happens or it doesn't. don't force anything and you should be fine.

i understand i shouldn't force anything, i never want to force anything because that's usually when things sound bad.
i guess, im just asking how to, like... have a chord, then add extra notes & stuff, actually, that sounds pretty stupid!
i cant explain it, i guess, but im trying to ask more than how to add extra notes
#5
Quote by _-Joey-_
i understand i shouldn't force anything, i never want to force anything because that's usually when things sound bad.
i guess, im just asking how to, like... have a chord, then add extra notes & stuff, actually, that sounds pretty stupid!
i cant explain it, i guess, but im trying to ask more than how to add extra notes

You mean like an arpeggio?
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#6
i get what you're asking, basically how to "pepper" a lick. well what you're doing is pretty much your best bet! learning others' songs and seeing how they got it to sound that way.

for other examples I would check out James Taylor. His stuff is filled with what you're talking about.
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#7
Quote by fastlanestoner
i get what you're asking, basically how to "pepper" a lick. well what you're doing is pretty much your best bet! learning others' songs and seeing how they got it to sound that way.

for other examples I would check out James Taylor. His stuff is filled with what you're talking about.

yeah, that's the kinda thing i want to be able to do, i was just wondering if anyone had any tips/advice/lessons/blahblahblah/whatever on how to help me with it
#8
well it looks like a G chord with notes in that chord mostly being used... so just take your favorite chord, learn all the notes in the chord, and mess around with them.

also with fingerpicking, try to think of your thumb as the bassist of your song, since it usually strums the thickest strings, that helps me anyways
#9
yeah, it's really more about incorporating legato techniques like, slides, pulls, hammers, etc. and adding open strings as well.
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#10
Quote by fastlanestoner
there is no secret to writing songs. it either happens or it doesn't. don't force anything and you should be fine.
Force it, songwriting is a skill. The greatest songwriters can write any time, any where, any how.

There are no secrets to song writing, but I guarantee you'll be a better song-writer if you: Learn theory, analyse songs with theory, learn how to write melodies, learn classical/jazz style harmony, learn counterpoint.

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He's using arpeggios (instead of strumming a chord, just play the individual notes of a chord) and playing full chords on the strong beats (first beat of the bar) and occasionally playing double notes (probably on the third beat of the bar, the second strongest beat).
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