#1
I worte a song for my gf, and its pretty good, but i cant seem to make up some good chords to play with it.
What are some good chords that sound good with each other?
I can play barre and stuff, i just want it to sound good, so chord difficulty is no problem.
I greatly appriciate all help.
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#2
So all you have is the melody written for it you mean? For me to suggest chords to you I would need to hear the melody.
#3
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i agree
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go with a key?

key of g for example?
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#5
Writing music after lyrics is amazingly hard.. The easiest way to write songs, IMO, is:

FIRST you write the chords/rhythm - I usually just screw around playing all random chords in different rhythms until something pops out that sounds good.. Then I build on that first idea as much as possible until I have a coherent chord pattern that sounds complete..

SECOND you find a nice melody - The easiest way to do this is just strum your chord pattern and then hum the tune you get in your head until it sounds good.. This can take a few goes to find the best one you like so don't always go with the initital idea..

LAST you write the words - Using the chords you've composed (I like to record the pattern on my MP3 player to save having to start and stop playing and put guitars down and crap) and the melody that you should now have in your head.. Write words that fit in there nicely and keep going back over from the start to make sure it sounds as good as you like and you will maybe (I usually do) make small chnges to words and rhythms here and there..

Also when you're writing lyrics don't get too stuck in rhythmic patterns, it's not like a poem where you need the same amount of syllables in each line, when you're singing you can hold notes, start on off beats, even slur words to make it fit better and add character to the song instead of it being ominously repetetive.

That's my crash course in songwriting anyway. That's how I find it easiest.

I find it practically impossible to write the words first and then add music later unless the lyrics/melody/structure are childishly simple.
#6
I usually write the Chorus first, then the strum pattern/chord progression. Then I record it on my iPod. When I write lyrics, I always carry my songbook with me, because I rarely dedicate myself to lyrics-writing sessions, then I see which melody would fit which lyrics, then I go for the final adjustments.
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That's my crash course in songwriting anyway. That's how I find it easiest.

I find it practically impossible to write the words first and then add music later unless the lyrics/melody/structure are childishly simple.

Agreed. Unfortunately, lyrics come to me far more often than music, so I'm somewhat forced to write music as an afterthought.
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#8
hmm... I tend to write the words first.
If I don't it tends to feel like I am cramming stuff in or using wierd wording to make the song flow/fit right.

So, are we gonna get those words and melody (actually just whatever it is that you have)? Also a style of music would be helpful.

I'd be down for helpin' you out if you would lay down some more info.

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#9
Without the lyrics... I can't do a thing...

How about a nice death metal style for your gf's song? [/sarcasm]