#1
Heya fellers,
well my girlfriend and I have been going out for exactly 4 months as of today. Well I know that's not long, but she's a great, beautiful girl and she means the world to me.
Anyways, enough with all that. I've decided to write a song for her and then somehow give it to her (YouTube, or e-mail, play a gig with it, or just something) for our one year anniversary. One year is still a while away, all the way up in January 18th, but I want this to be an amazing song and totally polished and everything.
I have an electric, a BC Rich Warbeast actually, but I want this song to be primarily on acoustic (but I will add a solo, that might be on acoustic though). So far, I've been writing riffs on my dad's Sigma acoustic, which sounds pretty nice, but in 10 days it's my birthday and I'm getting a real nice acoustic-electric.
Welllllll I digress. Now that you know my entire life story, my question(s) are:
  • What key should I write it in?
  • Should I switch keys at any point?
  • What chords are in these keys that I can use?
  • Does anyone have any tips to help me write?
  • What effects should I use? I want it to end up like a Stairway To Heaven-esque song. My effects so far are a metal , distortion , and a flange pedals .


Please answer few or all of these questions if you can. I want to get seriously started ASAP. If anyone has any other advice, please tell.

Thanks guys (and girls)
#3
If you want an acoustic ballad style song I wouldn't use any/much distortion and definitly no metal or flange.

Is it strumming or picking you want? Do you want it higher or lower?
#4
this is probly somthing u should work on on ur own. somthing that comes from ur own heart... not sombody elses. she will like it better that way. trust me
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#5
That should be "avast," not "alas." You aren't writing a song for an Old Salt's funeral.
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#6
i doubt any one on ug could write a stairway to heaven - esque song

well duh i know i can't, but i mean listen to that song, i want this to be a mixture of chords, notes, scales, chord climbing(whatever you call it when you finger the chord and pick it), and a solo, and acesnding volume, I just mean look at the properties of Stairway to Heaven, those properties is what I want.

If you want an acoustic ballad style song I wouldn't use any/much distortion and definitly no metal or flange.

Well you know, I'm just going to experiment. I wasn't planning on doing the whole song with flange, lol that would just be queer (but maybe the good kindof queer (is there a good kind of queer?), I dont know)
And the distortion was just going to be light, and I want the solo to acesnd in volume like Stairway does, and my song will probably end in a *light-medium* distorted fast paced thing then soften back to acoustic.

Is it strumming or picking you want? Do you want it higher or lower?

Well I want to strum chords, and also picking notes. I use a pick (lol actually I just bought a pick and had her face engraved onto the pick), but I can fingerpick but I'd just rather regular pick.

this is probly somthing u should work on on ur own. somthing that comes from ur own heart... not sombody elses. she will like it better that way. trust me


Ya I know thanks. I'm experienced in playing, but I'm not too deep into theory, so I just need you guys to help me on that front. I'm definitely going to experiment and I might change keys and stuff, but I just need help getting started.
#7
Quote by Chad48309
That should be "avast," not "alas." You aren't writing a song for an Old Salt's funeral.


Yarg how dare ye insult me pirate talk, ye landlubber!!
I have no idea at all what I just said there.
#10
my question(s) are:
  • What key should I write it in?
  • Should I switch keys at any point?
  • What chords are in these keys that I can use?
  • Does anyone have any tips to help me write?
  • What effects should I use? I want it to end up like a Stairway To Heaven-esque song. My effects so far are a metal , distortion , and a flange pedals .



lol sorry guys but im going to camp soon and i want to work on it there and i need as much info as possible so i can work on it
#11
All of that will be answered in the book I suggested. For the first question though, the key of the piece doesn't matter; you can get any emotion and sound out of any key.
#12
Alrighty thanks two more questions:
1) where can i find that book? how much is it?
2) can someone please just awnser the questions?
#14
Quote by shadowthorn777
my question(s) are:
  • What key should I write it in?
  • Should I switch keys at any point?
  • What chords are in these keys that I can use?
  • Does anyone have any tips to help me write?
  • What effects should I use? I want it to end up like a Stairway To Heaven-esque song. My effects so far are a metal , distortion , and a flange pedals .



lol sorry guys but im going to camp soon and i want to work on it there and i need as much info as possible so i can work on it



* you can write it in any key you want..
* you can switch keys if you want..
* theres way too many chords to write down that you can use
* no one is going to write a song for you.. especially with your high expectations
* if you want it to sound like stairway to heaven .. dont use any effects
#15
Ok thanks everyone for your help
I dont want it to sound exactly like Stairway, just some of those features Stairway has I like and I want to incorporate into my song. Is there a web page somewhere that shows what chords belong in what key? And I dont want anyone to write my song, thats the last thing I want.
#16
Quote by shadowthorn777
Ok thanks everyone for your help
I dont want it to sound exactly like Stairway, just some of those features Stairway has I like and I want to incorporate into my song. Is there a web page somewhere that shows what chords belong in what key? And I dont want anyone to write my song, thats the last thing I want.



Well, if you want help with writing, start with a plan of your song.
What's it going to be about, what (if any) instrumentals will you have and what will it's tempo and pitch be.

And just a note: Don't bother playing it in any particular key! Just play the chords, and if it sounds good NOBODY will know and complain!
Sometimes quick pitch changes can sound good! Use your ear, and if it sounds good to you it'll sound good to the world.

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#17
Quote by shadowthorn777
lol actually I just bought a pick and had her face engraved onto the pick

...Seriously?
#18
play G then C. then sing:
"we both lie silently still in the dead of the night
though we both lie close toghether, we feel miles apart inside
was it something i said, or something i did?
did my words not come out right?
then play D
no i tried not to hurt you
then C
no i tried, but i guess thats why they say
G then C
Every rose has it's thorn,
just like every night has its dawn
just like every cowboy sings a sad sad song
every rose has its thorn.


i wrote that song last night @ 4:57 am.
#20
Well, if you want help with writing, start with a plan of your song.
What's it going to be about, what (if any) instrumentals will you have and what will it's tempo and pitch be.


Tempo: uh i dunno lol just whatever feels right, slow then fast then slow, something like that
Instruments: Guitar, keyboard, and maybe vocals, and I might digitally add in some drums and bass too

And just a note: Don't bother playing it in any particular key! Just play the chords, and if it sounds good NOBODY will know and complain!
Sometimes quick pitch changes can sound good! Use your ear, and if it sounds good to you it'll sound good to the world.


Ok thanks for the tips!
#21
play G then C. then sing:
"we both lie silently still in the dead of the night
though we both lie close toghether, we feel miles apart inside
was it something i said, or something i did?
did my words not come out right?
then play D
no i tried not to hurt you
then C
no i tried, but i guess thats why they say
G then C
Every rose has it's thorn,
just like every night has its dawn
just like every cowboy sings a sad sad song
every rose has its thorn.


i wrote that song last night @ 4:57 am.


That's a good song I like it!!
Im going to write my own, thanks for posting thou. But your chord structure gave me an idea I might use so thanks!
#22
Quote by pepsi1187
well if you know what you want .. then whats the problem

I just need my theory questions answered.
#23
Quote by Jhachey22
play G then C. then sing:
"we both lie silently still in the dead of the night
though we both lie close toghether, we feel miles apart inside
was it something i said, or something i did?
did my words not come out right?
then play D
no i tried not to hurt you
then C
no i tried, but i guess thats why they say
G then C
Every rose has it's thorn,
just like every night has its dawn
just like every cowboy sings a sad sad song
every rose has its thorn.


i wrote that song last night @ 4:57 am.


what a bull ****ter