#1
i know it sounds like a stupid nooby question - with without-a-doubt it is - but how can i write a nice, mellowed out song? by mellowed out i mean something like Angels and Airwaves or some Jimmy Eat World tracks? i've been studying these songs but i can't quite pick out what makes them so calming.. suggestions?
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#2
There written on acoustic guitars using techniques like fingerpicking and occassionally just a nice chord progression played a lil slower
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#4
merten, nice sig

use lots of open chords and open strings. Use an acoustic with finger picking. Play weirder chords eg

C -x032010

use these instead

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Cmaj7 -x032000
#5
thanks for the help guys!
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#6
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merten, nice sig

use lots of open chords and open strings. Use an acoustic with finger picking. Play weirder chords eg

C -x032010

use these instead

C9 -x032030
Cmaj7 -x032000

ur guitar has 7 strings???
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#8
Play slow arpeggios, and try to avoid glaringly obvious major / minor tones. That's not to say you can't use them, but think about how you construct the chords and which notes you use. Here's an example of something fairly mellow that I just whipped up:



Pretty nice, I think.
#9
If you use an electric, use the neck pickup on a clean channel. A lot of mellow "indie" rock bands seem to do that. Those bands sound really annoying to me, but if that's the kind of sound you're going for, it could work. Also, use the major scale, but don't use many large(more than a 3rd) melodic intervals.