#1
I either get the keyboard out and do some slow, minor sounding piano and then transpose it in guitar pro and the go from there. (like in my profile)

Or i will just be messing around on my guitar and find something that sounds good and just build on it.

I was thinking of getting my old ass bass out to help write chord progressions aswell.

How do you guys do it?
#3
Alot of the time I make up 1 or 2 riffs on guitar, then go on guitar pro and finish the whole song unless I wanna put a solo in there.
#4
i find something cool, then i use music theory to build on it.
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#5
Hmm. I usualy just fool around at home, untill I find something good, then I show it to my band mates and they usualy do some small editing/adjustments. Thoes lazy bastards never come up with anything of their own Then it's Guitar Pro.
#7
I just take songs that have already been written and change one choard, so far no one has noticed.....
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#8
Improv with some chord progressions or riffs and build on it with the knowledge of the chord progressions and notes found in that key

This last song i wrote i was just playing a little improv using the Bminor pentatonic scale and found a cool riff, then using chords from the B minor scale i found a complementary chord prog. That was my chorus. Found a slightly calmer chord prog for my verses again in the same key, then started improvising over and over until i found a good sounding solo in B minor pent. Voila.
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#10
I'll develop the structure of the song first. I'll decide on the length, keys, time signatures, chord progressions, and segments. I'll do this before even touching my instrument. Once I have the entire song planned out in exact detail, I'll begin developing an overall theme that fits the structure. I'll work my way up from the theme to the voicings I want to use in the progression, gradually making my way to the little melodies and embellishments that make up the song, which I generally leave until last. Most of the time, I don't use my instrument in the writing process at all.
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#11
I generally start with something that I hear in my head, and then build upon that. I do alot of revision as I try to shape the piece into something I can enjoy. I let inspiration guide me rather than any preconceived superficial aspects like key or form. I give those types of things flexibility as I mold them to fit my personal expression.
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#12
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I'll develop the structure of the song first. I'll decide on the length, keys, time signatures, chord progressions, and segments. I'll do this before even touching my instrument. Once I have the entire song planned out in exact detail, I'll begin developing an overall theme that fits the structure. I'll work my way up from the theme to the voicings I want to use in the progression, gradually making my way to the little melodies and embellishments that make up the song, which I generally leave until last. Most of the time, I don't use my instrument in the writing process at all.


wow, how incredibly mathmatical and scientific. doesn't that suck all of the joy out of just grabbing the guitar and jamming? i'm not trying to be a prick or anything, but you know that seems like it might not be that fun. don't get me wrong i often times do stuff like that but only after i have some riffs i've jammed on thrown together.
#13
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wow, how incredibly mathmatical and scientific. doesn't that suck all of the joy out of just grabbing the guitar and jamming? i'm not trying to be a prick or anything, but you know that seems like it might not be that fun. don't get me wrong i often times do stuff like that but only after i have some riffs i've jammed on thrown together.


I don't play because I find it fun, I play because I enjoy the end product (the completed song).
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#14
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I don't play because I find it fun, I play because I enjoy the end product (the completed song).


again, no offense intended but i find this kinda sad.
#15
1. Noodle around on da geetar
2. Come up with something I like
3. Expand on it until it's a song (using da theoriez of course)
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1. Noodle around on da geetar
2. Come up with something I like
3. Expand on it until it's a song (using da theoriez of course)


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#17
I usually come up with one riff then expand it and make variations of it with guitar pro. Then I export the MIDI file into Cakewalk and record my guitar over it. Then I delete the guitar MIDI tracks, leaving the recorded stuff and the MIDI drums and bass. Then I get my singer to come lay down the vocal tracks. Then I let my friends and family listen to it and see if there's anything that could be improved, and go back for tweaks.
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#18
I generally pick some melodies I have in my head, and put them in Guitar Pro most of times..
After months, I develop them.
Or just pick a mood for the song, pick a key, pick an instrument, and do whatever I want on GP...

Sometimes I write for guitar, but everytime I grab my guitar my inspiration ceases
Like I don't know what the hell to do with it, apart from playing chords (which is not the way I write songs)
#19
BAND: Make a melody in my head, then transpose into a guitar, then make some chords to back it up, and then think up some drum beats and put it down somewhere in tab. Then, I'll present it to my bassist and we'll shape it up, give it to the drummer and we succesfully have a fairly decent song by our standards.

SOLO PROJECT: I'll make some tremolo parts then work off of them with a progression that sounds remotely depressive or melancholic. Or, I take a clean riff and work off that in the same way.
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