#1
do you guys think its a bad habit when i write songs i change the tuning to some kind of chord like a Aadd9 then when i write songs i make a melody on the high e usually, not always, and strum but the only note i really change is the one doing the melody. It sounds good and catchy but part of me feels lazy. Do you think its alright or is it kind of a bad habit?

so one of my songs might look like this for an intro or somethin.

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#2
It has some potential. Maybe write a nice bassline to go with it?
So I mean, it doesn't have to be lazy, if it's still a nice piece of music
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#3
your question lost me. what do you mean "change the tuning of the chord" you cant really change a chords tuning unless you mean you sharpen/flatten the tuning of your instrument.

would i play all open strings and a melody on a single string? no way, especially not in a standard tuning
#4
i didnt say change the tuning of a chord. i said change the tuning to a chord like an Aadd9. then i strum open and just change the melody. i think it sounds good but am i asking if you guys think it is lazy composition.
#5
That seems like a neat idea. It would be a bad habit if you find yourself constantly doing this, but if you can choose to do it, or not do it, then I don't think it would be a bad habit.
#7
Quote by Anesthetica
i didnt say change the tuning of a chord. i said change the tuning to a chord like an Aadd9.

i still don't understand what you're saying. you're not changing the tuning of a chord but change the tuning to a chord like Aadd9..... so you're not changing the tuning but you're changing the tuning?

or are you talking about playing a chord, then a melody while that chord rings, next chord (let it ring) and play the melody etc etc.... ?
Last edited by z4twenny at Jul 14, 2009,
#9
Quote by z4twenny
i still don't understand what you're saying. you're not changing the tuning of a chord but change the tuning to a chord like Aadd9..... so you're not changing the tuning but you're changing the tuning?

or are you talking about playing a chord, then a melody while that chord rings, next chord (let it ring) and play the melody etc etc.... ?


im changing the tuning so when i strum open its a chord. so the tuning is E A C# E B E and i let that ring out while i play the melody on the high e.

except i dont always let it ring out i just strum like my example in my first post.
Last edited by Anesthetica at Jul 14, 2009,
#10
^ ok that makes more sense.

go for it, i do that all the time (without alternate tunings) on my guitar (like the example i gave, playing a chord, then a melody, then another chord, then a melody etc)
#11
Sure, go for it. If it helps you create sounds you like, it's good. Personally, overusing that would bore me witless and the amount of retuning would make it a bitch live, but by all means, go ahead. Look up Sonic Youth tunings.
#12
A lot of musicians use open tunings like that. Go for it.
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