#1
I love a lot of different music. I have a huge soft spot for melody, but I find myself listening mostly to Grunge and Punk type bands. This is my favorite kind of music. However, as a songwriter, I can't for the life of me seem to make a song that has that alternative/grungy sound (think early Foo Fighters or Stone Temple Pilots) without it sounding contrived. The songs that come most easily to me as a songwriter are, like, Power Pop songs...like Oasis or Weezer or something. Which, isn't a bad thing because I love this kind of music as well, but I'd like to be able to create some more aggressive type stuff and I just can't do it. I always end up with these melodic pop rockers. It's just kind of frustrating because sometimes it's like "Gee, I wanna actually rock out now".

Anyone else have a problem like this?
#2
I sometimes listen to a style of music I'd like to write but it just doesn't seem to work. I'm just going to learn all I can about theory and apply what I hear in other music though. That's probably the way to go.
#3
i used to be like that, i could only write punk-esque songs, but now i can write some real heavy metal riffs, just keep trying, listen to more diverse music, and jam with ppl who have the same tstes as you, and learn from them
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#4
learn how to play some of the bands you like, then analize what they are doing, and try to emulate and expand upon.
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