#1
Hey all,

I'm looking for some ideas regarding how to write down the songs I write. I seem to have lots of ideas but forget them after i put down my axe. Anyone have some techniques for writing them down they can share? I don't really want to tab out the whole damn thing...perhaps some shorthand method?

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#3
I always use lined paper as tab format, and just scribble what only I can understand on it. As I read it, it usually comes back to me. But, from there, I've been sooo addicted to Tuxguitar recently. I've taken little guitar licks and turned them into full on songs, with drums and even orchestra and piano parts. I don't know if I recommend all that, because I'm a little bit of a perfectionist. But, yeah, shorthand lined-paper tabs work the best for me. Especially at like 3am when you can barely see. Lol
#4
Record it somehow when it enters your mind.
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#5
just write parts of the song in tab, then when you look at it later you will remember.
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#6
listen to how it sounds and remember that, not how you should play it
alternatively recording is best, or standard notation
#7
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just write parts of the song in tab, then when you look at it later you will remember.


this has worked well for me, too. i just notated a few bars, prtty much the main melody, and everytime i come back to it it makes sense. nothin' beats a decent recording tho.
#8
lol, tab IS the short hand way, but i guess recording yourself can work fine.
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#9
cheap tape deck + notes = priceless
seriously spend $30 at radio shack on a cheap tape deck with a built in mic, record the songs on tape and name them on the tape "this is stupid stuff 1" then write notes in a notebook "stupid stuff 1 - E G A D 3/4 time" so when you listen back to it and look at the notes you know its E G A & D in that order in 3/4 time, all you have to do is follow the picking pattern.
#10
^ good idea. I just make sure there are lots of blanks sheets of paper (or blank tab) lying around my practice area. When I play something and say "that's a keeper", I just stop and scribble it down so it doesn't get lost.
#11
I film my stuff with a video camera, that way I'll hear it and see what I'm doing. Often when I go back to look at tabs, I can't for the life of me remember rhythms and melodies.
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I film my stuff with a video camera, that way I'll hear it and see what I'm doing. Often when I go back to look at tabs, I can't for the life of me remember rhythms and melodies.


this is why standard with a tempo wins. had the same problem years back before i just sucked it up and started writing standard. at the very least, making rythmic notations beside your tabs should work.
#13
Quote by rotzak
Hey all,

I'm looking for some ideas regarding how to write down the songs I write. I seem to have lots of ideas but forget them after i put down my axe. Anyone have some techniques for writing them down they can share? I don't really want to tab out the whole damn thing...perhaps some shorthand method?

You guys rock!


Producers just write the concepts down and parts on a big white board. I like to do that when I am not thinking clearly and then record all of my jam sessions. Mapping is very very useful.
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