#1
Does anyone have any tips on creating your own songs (guitar-wise)? I'm relatively new to guitar. I'm good w/ chords and chord progressions, but I never really have worked on scales. Any tips, or questions to better help, are greatly appreciated.
#2
well I wrote like 7 actually good songs without knowing any scales or stuff...well I play punk rock tho
so yeah good luck
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#3
well, it depends what sort of song you're aiming for:
a simple acoustic song, just strum chords and find a sequence that you like.
a rock song, probably aim more towards powerchords and pentatonic scales, just mess around until you find something you like.
death metal, find a note, then a couple of dissonant notes (notes that sound odd against your previous note, such as a low d followed by a high d#) and play mainly your low note, with the dissonant notes added later.

after that, everyone has a different approach to songwriting, you just have to find your style. btw, this is by no means a formula of any sort, just a generalisation. mess around until you find something you like, then build on it gradually. with more experience, you'll start to write better songs.

oh, and one final tip: write your first couple of songs in E minor or A minor, they're the easiest keys to work in to begin with.
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well, it depends what sort of song you're aiming for [..]

Thank you both for the help.

As for the type of song...kind of classical on electric, I guess you can call it...or, in a better sense, ballads.

I'll study the pentatonic scales (started on them, just never went beyond anything fundemental ).
#5
You can write songs without scales, but it's much harder and the task of trial and error can be taken away by just learning scales. Before you start doing more complex songs it REALLY helps if you can look at the neck and see a whole image of all the notes in the scale. To get that image you should practice your scales not up and down, but changing directions and skipping strings, moving position frequently.

Start with the major scale, two reasons why you should. One, everything in music comes from the major scale. Two, you said you like classical music and a lot of it is written in the major scale.
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Quote by M.B.MetalTabber

oh, and one final tip: write your first couple of songs in E minor or A minor, they're the easiest keys to work in to begin with.


I don't follow, what makes them the easiest keys?

EDIT: for the TS, you know chords and chord progressions which is a very good thing now learn about the chord shapes and the components of them. The CAGED system will show you how to break the chords to scales, pentatonics, triads, and modes. The more you know about the chord shapes the more music you can make.
Last edited by PanHead at Aug 21, 2008,
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I don't follow, what makes them the easiest keys?

EDIT: for the TS, you know chords and chord progressions which is a very good thing now learn about the chord shapes and the components of them. The CAGED system will show you how to break the chords to scales, pentatonics, triads, and modes. The more you know about the chord shapes the more music you can make.

Stupid question, but what do you mean by chord shapes? O.o

Anything to help me get better and learn more, I'm for it.
#8
You know the major chords C A G E and D in the open position?

Put a barre on 'em and they're movable. The CAGED system will make sense out of 'em.

Same can be done with minor chords shapes too.