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Ive become big on composing music lately, instrumental songs and songs with words. Im interested to hear about some different ways you compose. How to get inspired? What do you normal start with? A Riff, Lyrics, a chord progression, or do you kindof do a few things at once? What do you do after you have come up with something? Do you record some audio right away? or do you use a program like powertab or guitarpro? or write it with paper and sheet music?
I used to always just start recording right after i had an idea and just build on it, but lately ive gotten really picky with my songs, so ive had to learn how to get it all down so i dont forget. I used powertab, but i think i prefer just writing it all down on paper.
#2
I usually come up with either a riff or a vocal melody first. I'll record one of them with a mic just to get the idea down. Then over the next couple of weeks I'll work out the rest of the song. (If I started with the vocal melody, I'll work out the guitar part, or, if I started with the riff, I'll work out the vocal melody, etc.)

Eventually a song will take shape with a vocal melody, lyrics, and guitar part. After that, I'll proceed to writing counterparts/harmonies for both the vocals and the guitar. After all that is done I'll finally go over to the recording stage and record bit by bit. Usually I'll have several people help me as I use more than one instrument. After I'm happy with the result, I'll mix it and master it and burn it to a CD.

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I get my inspiration from girls... I just look at a picture of a really pretty girl and away my mind goes.


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#4
nick someone elses song, move the key up a few tones amd change the lyrics
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#5
Generally, I'll have some ideas for lyrics and whatnot that I might want to use, and then come up with some riffs. If the two seem to fit together, I go for it.

After coming up with some of the instrumentals, I just write down the tabs in a text file.
For the next few days, weeks, or months, I slowly hone the song till I'm satisfied, and then record it in Garageband.

As for actual structure, I generally write along these lines...

Intro
Verse
Bridge/Interlude type thingy
Verse
Chorus
Solo
Breakdown
Bridge/Interlude type thingy
Chorus
#6
i usually just start playing and when i play something i like i'll play on it for a little while. if i can remember how to play it after a couple days then the riff stays, if it still sounds good after a couple weeks then i'll record a really rough demo of the riff so i can go back to it later.

usually its not required though cuz at this point i'll start trying to do something with it, i'll play on it and see what else sounds good with it and see if theres anything else that goes naturally (at least to me) with it. once i've got enough parts to make a song (usually 3 or 4 at least) then i'll sit down and figure out the arrangement and decide if theres anything else i want to add in the recording process. i'll midi out the drums, record the song, mix and done.

i don't use any specific guidelines for the arrangement, i've been trying to stray from the formulaic intro,verse,chorus,verse,chorus,bridge,chorus,out. the stuff i've been writing lately i've just been trying to think of it as musical passages and not specifically titling any part of it.
#7
I cannot stress enough the importance of writing your music down on paper for any aspiring composer. It's difficult and laborious at first; but efficiency comes.

I thank myself for having forced myself to notate my songs by hand on staff paper at an early age; by the time my application to the Oberlin Conservatory was due, I had a wealth of hand written material ready. This is a highly impressive thing for someone to do in the age of Sibelius 5 (god damn I love that program), and you'll only benefit from forcing yourself to do it the old fashioned way.

Good to see that you're composing...I'm currently arranging a Mussorgsky piece for symphonic orchestra by hand. Tough, but it's almost as rewarding as playing a riff you wrote in front of a churning crowd in some shady club.

Keep it up!
#8
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I cannot stress enough the importance of writing your music down on paper for any aspiring composer. It's difficult and laborious at first; but efficiency comes.

I thank myself for having forced myself to notate my songs by hand on staff paper at an early age; by the time my application to the Oberlin Conservatory was due, I had a wealth of hand written material ready. This is a highly impressive thing for someone to do in the age of Sibelius 5 (god damn I love that program), and you'll only benefit from forcing yourself to do it the old fashioned way.

Good to see that you're composing...I'm currently arranging a Mussorgsky piece for symphonic orchestra by hand. Tough, but it's almost as rewarding as playing a riff you wrote in front of a churning crowd in some shady club.

Keep it up!


I do this too, although I use Finale a lot more since I work at my computer a lot, I have several notebooks with staves instead of normal lines, also which is great.

as for the topic, I just get little things in my head a lot, either lyrics or melodies or ideas for chord progressions, I also come up with a lot of ideas by jamming, and also sometimes I have some idea or feeling and try to figure out a way to express it musically, the piece Dead Sun on my profile came about this way I was feeling sort of blank and depressed and just tried to put it to music.
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