#1
Im primarily an acoustic player and i decided to write a song i did the lyrics and everything and came up with a nice chord progression, but i think a picked intro would be nice. Is there any reference guitarists use when making picked riffs or do they just randomly play notes and try to make something happen? Sorry if this question sounds stupid or broad. But here are some examples of such picked parts of songs. also is there a special name for a picked set of notes?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gOCdza__o8
the intro to this song- Emily by from first to last
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcqki-aEl0g
plane vs tank vs submarine by Tigers jaw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR0JglkQnPs
Makedamnsure acoustic by Taking back Sunday
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUXZfybUbCM&feature=related
intro to Buried a lie by Senses fail

Well you guys get the picture. Any input is appreciated.
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#2
Ultimately, I think, if you're a creative person and you learn fingerpicking techniques you're going to start to create this sort of thing. Honestly, most of that stuff is very straightforward acoustic riffs.

So if you want to write that sort of thing, it's going to be about developing your understanding of that sort of music, and then you'll probably composethat way the same way you compose anything else, whatever mix of experimentation, intuition, and inspiration generally works for you.
#3
honestly there are really two responses here:
1) these people have a solid knowledge of musical theory, or
2) they were ****ing around on their guitars, and a song was the result.
(logical or implies a combination of both is possible)
being in a band myself, but having little knowledge of musical theory (I have some, but it's limited to the point it is negligible), I usually just **** around until i get something nice, and then build upon it.

http://www.facebook.com/TheCollectiveOttawa (you might be interested in the song Descending Spiral Staircase, since it has a picking riff)
#4
Quote by Cloudkicker
Im primarily an acoustic player and i decided to write a song i did the lyrics and everything and came up with a nice chord progression, but i think a picked intro would be nice. Is there any reference guitarists use when making picked riffs or do they just randomly play notes and try to make something happen? Sorry if this question sounds stupid or broad. But here are some examples of such picked parts of songs. also is there a special name for a picked set of notes?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gOCdza__o8
the intro to this song- Emily by from first to last
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bcqki-aEl0g
plane vs tank vs submarine by Tigers jaw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR0JglkQnPs
Makedamnsure acoustic by Taking back Sunday
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUXZfybUbCM&feature=related
intro to Buried a lie by Senses fail

Well you guys get the picture. Any input is appreciated.


learn how to play songs like the ones you listed.

then get creative and come up with your own.
shred is gaudy music
#5
Learn those songs and adopt a melody in your head. I know it can be reasonably tough to do so when writing fluttering arpeggios and such, but just hum a little something, record yourself humming and then figure them out as notes. Then you can add more embellishments (hammers/pulls, passing tones, slides, etc.) as you please. I don't know too much about acoustic guitar, but a lot of it has to do with layering chords, basslines, and possibly having a second guitar in the background.

Just get a simple idea from humming, play it, and then figure out what kind of harmonies should go behind it. Also, if you're looking at strumming songs, try to make a rhythm first before you ever think notes. It makes strumming much easier and you can fill in notes yourself soon after.
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#6
mosty catchy stuff you will ever write will come out of nowhere and hit u like a brick,also accidents are usually great riff makers.