Poll: Who writes the songs?
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Rhythm Guitarist
6 8%
Lead Guitarist
17 23%
Bass Player
8 11%
Drummer
4 5%
Vocalist
5 7%
Other/Combination
33 45%
Voters: 73.
#1
Alright let me know who of the members of your band do most of the song writing duties and which only fill in a spot!
#2
Me (guitarist) - Guitar and bass lines
Other guitarist - Guitar, lyrics and keyboards
Singer - SOME lyrics
Drummer - Drums
Bassist - Nothing
#3
Songs often revolve around bass riffs & the bassist writes & sings the words. I write the guitar parts, drummer plays the drum parts.
#5
I'm a bassist, and in my band I write all the bass parts and near enough all the guitar parts. I usually come up with instrumentals in Guitar Pro including drum parts and the song structures etc, and then the structure might get changed a bit by the band as a whole while playing it for the first time. The drummer often changes the drum beats a bit, but I usually have to battle to keep him on track and stop him from playing too much to the extent that it detracts from the song, and the vocal melody is usually added last, entirely by the vocalist. The lyrics are predominantly his job too.
#6
Guitarist/Vocalist - Entire compostion + lyrics
Bassist - Basslines
Drummer - Drums
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#7
I write pretty much everything accept that I don't always write lyrics because mine usually suck.
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#9
Rhythm Guitarist, Vocalist - Lyrics, some Riffs, Bass Lines
Lead Guitarist - Riffs, sometimes basslines
Drummer - Drums
Bassist - Nothing
#10
I always start the song (rhythm/lead guitar), as in the primary riffs and whatnot, but bass and drums fill in everything else. The singer does what we tell her
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#11
Bassist/vocalist does the most songwriting (Music and lyrics). Also works out drum beats.

Me (Lead guitarist) - I do some songwriting and some lyrical suggestions. But most of the songs go through the bassist for improving etc.

Rhythm Guitarist - Does some songwriting and also has suggestions from bassist/vocalist
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#12
Well, our band hasn't really done much yet when it comes to original music, as we just started out, but so far the lead guitarist has written some music and I have written lyrics, and the rest just follows along, so I guess that's what it's gonna be for the future too XD
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#14
I'm lead guitarist and lead singer, and I write almost everything, and end up tracking bass as well...so what do I vote?
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#15
I always come up with the main riffs and how the song will generally sound, our drummer normally makes his own drum beat and I come up with the main outline of the bassists parts. I also write the rhythm guitar and for lyrics it's about 50/50 between me and the rhythm guitarist.

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#16
Everyone comes up with stuff, but I really push things along with the instruments since I know how to play guitar, bass, and drums. I help our lead guitar out with solos every now and then when we need the right feel but everyone usually gets their stuff going when pointed in the right direction. Sometimes it can be the other way around though. Everyone is on the same talent level as far as we're all concerned. Our singer writes his lyrics as we play and get parts down as we piece songs together.
#17
I'm in a band, and I basically write everything, I mean our drummer obviously makes up the drums, but even sometimes when I have an idea of how I want it to go I give tell em' what I'm looking for. Like-wise with our bassist, but as far as lyrics and the actual song goes I write everything (with the exception of some help in one or two songs) but my rhythm guitarist does take the time to really make things up on his own. which is greatly appreciated
#18
Writing the raw material of songs it's mostly me and the other guitarist/singer.

After that we bring in and let the drummer and bassplayer jam to what we've written so far, and mix it up with more jam and see if we can find new stuff for ourselves or replace some patterns/chords.

In the mixing process it's been a lot more input from our drummer for how to mix that and that and so forth.

But most of the time we write our own stuff but with some input from others as to what we are searching for for a specific sound/grove/rhythm.
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#19
Usually either the bass player or the lead guitarist (me) will come up with riffs and lyrics to a tune and then anyone else will just add their own little bits to it.
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#21
I bring in the main ideas, often basslines as well (since the bassist isn't really experienced with writing...) Drums is for the drummer, singing for vocalists, they do with it whatever they want. Turn
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#22
Me(guitar) - riffs/basslines/a couple songs
Drummer - most songs/beats
Singer - 1 song that wasnt rejected
Bassist - a couple songs/attempts shitty basslines
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#23
Me and other guitarist-most music.

Drummer-sometimes comes up with drum rythms on which we write riffs.

Singer-Vocal melody.

Me and singer-lyrics.

Bass player-for now, nothing.
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#24
guitar (me) - Lyrics, structure, the chords and often the singing melody

other guitar - occasional chords and riffs

keyboard - he's kind of "the whip" in the band during rehearsals. Keepin' everyone focused and adjusting everyone to the chords I wrote. He also knows the most about theory.

singer, drum, percussion and bass do only their own stuff
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#25
Most of the time I come in with an idea and we jam it and sing melody lines and see what mood the song is and what lyrics come to mind when playing the music.
I don't want to tell the bassist how to do his job, so I usually show the chord sequence and let him figure something out.
Drummer does his own thaaang.
In terms of lyrics, our singer or bassist will write a near complete set, then the band as a whole fills the gaps.

Singer/guitar: some music, lyrics
lead guitar/vocals (me): Music, some lyrics
bassist: bass parts, lyrics
drummer: drum parts, lyrics
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#26
Old band but
Me and bassist wrote the bass and guitar + some lyrics
Singer mainly lyrics with occasional help on guitar and bass parts
drummer - drums and lyrics
we found we all wrote parts for everything but that was generally how we wrote a song
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#27
Other guitarist. It's unfair to call him rhythm and me lead because we trade off frequently.
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#28
Singer/Rhythm - Guitar parts, basslines, drum parts, lyrics
Lead - Guitar parts, basslines
Drummer - Guitar parts, basslines, drum parts, lyrics
Bassist - almost nothing.

I'm the drummer.
#29
All our songs come out of jams. Usually me (guitar) or my bassist will come up with a riff or lick on our own then when we get together with our drummer we just play what feels right. Once we hash out the music end our singer writes lyrics to fit the mood. As far as structure goes there's feedback from everyone but nobody tells the others how to play other than general things like "Make it Funkier here", "Slow it down there". Nobody ever says "Play these notes like this" unless we're covering something and trying to stick to the original, which doesn't happen often.
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All our songs come out of jams. Usually me (guitar) or my bassist will come up with a riff or lick on our own then when we get together with our drummer we just play what feels right. Once we hash out the music end our singer writes lyrics to fit the mood. As far as structure goes there's feedback from everyone but nobody tells the others how to play other than general things like "Make it Funkier here", "Slow it down there". Nobody ever says "Play these notes like this" unless we're covering something and trying to stick to the original, which doesn't happen often.


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#32
I (lead guitar) write pretty much all of the music, even a lot of the drum parts recently. The vocalist and drummer write all the lyrics. I tried writing lyrics once, didn't go well
#33
As I'm the only member right now, everything is written by the lead and rhythm guitarist/bassist/keyboardist/harmonica player/singer. Drummer is a computer, so he doesn't have much input beyond the rhythm.

I've been trying to get a band together though where there's that sort of organic chemistry where I can bring a little recorder, we can jam coherently, and I can come back in a week with lyrics built over it. However that said, maybe I've just had bad experiences, but whenever I've tried to have a band work democratically, it's dissolved into "We could do this song" "No we can't" "What about original songs" "Nobody wants to hear us write" "Screw this, imma go play videogames", so I have a bad feeling that at least in the beginning I'm going to be a control freak and still write everything.
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