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#1
Ive always wondered how musicians who compose instrumental pieces(In Jazz, rock, metal, fusion, not really classical music) come up with titles.

Ive written a few, but I cant really find names for them, so I just call them by the key their in


give me some nice song titles for funky tunes. Do it. You know you want to.

Also, discuss naming intsrumental songs.
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#2
I assume there's a theme that the music tells whether there's lyrics or not and they go off of that.

Or they're nonsense, who knows.
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#3
name it whatever mood the song makes you feel
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#4
Just listen to the song and if a certain theme or atmosphere pops up in your head, or if it reminds you of something, name it based on that.
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maybe name it after the image you get in your head. like if you try closing your eyes, and listening to the piece, and thinking "well this makes me think of the cosmos" or "this makes me think of a volcanic eruption" or "this makes me think of an eagle swooping down on a fish" and then name it accordingly.

you gotta make it something poetic too, like "Tears of Fire" or "Blackhawk at Dusk" or "Rhapsody of Dementia." note that if you reference a type of composition, like the third example, it better either be in that form or else be for comic effect (such as the piece clearly being as far from that form as possible) or else you'll look silly.
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#9
I write a few instrumental songs. Working on a full album, mostly on acoustic guitar.

It's mostly nature based. I named one piece "Rain (again)" as a tribute to the Radiohead song Fog (again). Another to "Ain't No Pretty Girls In France". It's a bit of a french jazzy tune and the line is from a Tom Waits song. Fit quite well.

Another is named after my favourite instrumental composer as the piece sounds like something he would write.

Another is called "On A Roof Over The City" as that's the mood I was in and what I wanted to embrace with it.'


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#10
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That's how Steve Vai named a good bit of his stuff, apparently.

Maybe name it after what inspired the piece to begin with.
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#11
when i write i usually have a theme in my head

or i try to tell a story with the music you kow what i mean

like my instrumental "cloudy day" i literally just played when it was cloudy

also um "living in a broken dream" was inspired my a dream i had

"funky turkey"... i was just having fun honestly
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#12
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You make it sound as pretentious as possible.


Hey give me a break, im a jazz musician. Its one of the requirements..

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I write a few instrumental songs. Working on a full album, mostly on acoustic guitar.

It's mostly nature based. I named one piece "Rain (again)" as a tribute to the Radiohead song Fog (again). Another to "Ain't No Pretty Girls In France". It's a bit of a french jazzy tune and the line is from a Tom Waits song. Fit quite well.

Another is named after my favourite instrumental composer as the piece sounds like something he would write.

Another is called"On A Roof Over The City" as that's the mood I was in and what I wanted to embrace with it.'


/rant


I am so useing those
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Hey give me a break, im a jazz musician. Its one of the requirements..

Edit: Also


I am so useing those


Make up your own?
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#17
Writing instrumental titles is easy. Like, seriously easy.
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#19
the inspiration for the song is what some people name them.

also something it makes you think of or emotion it makes you feel
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#20
I read the title as "Titties for intrumental songs."
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Make up your own?


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#23
When I write instrumentals I write a few lyrics to go with them, because it helps me think of stuff to add, and keep track of the notes when I'm playing. And I just title it with the theme of the lyrics. It's pretty useful.
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I read the title as "Titties for intrumental songs."


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#27
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Take the Guthrie Govan approach. If your instrumental is in an odd time signature. Take for example, 7/4. You name it Sevens.


Lol ya ive seen guys do it, names like 'seven ways', '11 wives' , it works!
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#28
Find something that your passionate about. For me it's the underlaying natural world, that everyone has forgotten about. I've named my songs after earthy structures, animals organisms. I've used Efflorrescent Transmissions. Efflorescent is the flowering stage of a flower or plant, and I threw on transmissions because the idea of a flower telling other flowers or reaching out, sounded unique. Just an example. You'll get the hang of it.
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#29
I've always been under the assumption that they just take shit out of their ass and slap it down on a keyboard.

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Find something that your passionate about. For me it's the underlaying natural world, that everyone has forgotten about. I've named my songs after earthy structures, animals organisms. I've used Efflorrescent Transmissions. Efflorescent is the flowering stage of a flower or plant, and I threw on transmissions because the idea of a flower telling other flowers or reaching out, sounded unique. Just an example. You'll get the hang of it.


Sounds awfully prententious and just a reason to use big long words.
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#32
I've come up with a lot of short instrumental pieces, and all of their names come from whatever I was thinking about the most at the time I wrote the piece.
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Sounds awfully prententious and just a reason to use big long words.


Your mom sounds awfullly pretentious and seems like just a reason to use big long DICKS.


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#34
I've only wrote a few, but I generally try to identify what colour I "hear" and then what mood and atmosphere it creates, then if something comes to me I'll use that.

If not I'll search a bit harder with what the song makes me think of.
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#40
I've only written the one instrumental song. I wanted to write something similar in style to what's on Buckethead's "Colma" album. Colma is a town or city or something in California, nicknamed The City of the Silent.

So I called my track "The City of the Silent."

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