#1
I want to start doing this, not like James Blunt cause that just crap but a bit like Jack Johnson but with a bit more "umph"! The lyrics i'm ok with, but i'm finding the music quite hard to write. Can anyone help?
#2
It helps for me to keep the music in mind while I'm writing and have some general idea of a chord progression for it or at the minimum a rhythm for the song that I can fit chords on top of afterwards. Sometimes I change lyric I have already written as well in order to fit the pattern of the song.
#3
Chord progression first, vocal melody second, lyrics third.

That's how I do it... although sometimes I come up with a melody first (usually on guitar) and then put chords to it, but that's only happened a few times.
#4
What part of the music writing are you having trouble with? One suggestion would be to analyze the chord progressions of a lot of songs you like. Look for chord changes that appeal to you and play around with making them your own.
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#6
chords first with a rhythm and then over that just simply hum a vocal line and then write lyrics to fit with the guitar...simple
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#7
mmm... it's quite personal. I first write a short melody, then strum some chords, and when it fits it, extend the melody