#1
Now I know the theory, and I know the notes. I just dont know what to do with them. Are there supposed to be songs in my head I can summon at will to write? When I go to play something, its sounds like a mess of scales. What do I do next?
#3
Just have fun.... create different licks and melodies and try to build upon them...
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#4
Don't over think it, you can't force good music, it has to come spontaneously.
#5
play around. for a class i had to take i just sat at the piano for hours annoying my family with crappy music. you get better/faster w/e after a while. i used finale then i also just started putting notes together on it and just playing it in the program and seeing how it sounded. you have to work on it though
#6
One thing I seem to do is just think up some blues parts, but usually it sounds bad because I dont really associate theory into it. But I was wondering, do you just have songs going through your head when you go to play, or do you create it by playing a bit, thinking "Hmm, thats cool" and building on it.
#7
usually for me i write stuff by accident when im bored and if it sounds any good i write it down. for lyrics i usually just write them down off the top of my head, and for structure just do what you feel should come next.

basically, just play around with it after that and add and take bits away. =]
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#8
Quote by Peaceful Rocker
nobody can teach you how to be creative

+1
i was writing stuff before i had any clue of what music theory was.
#10
Cool, thanks. Typically Im not terribly creative, but sometimes I just make up something as Im going to sleep, and those always seem to be great sounding to me. Maybe thats a good time to pick up the guitar. (Too bad Im asleep)
#13
Thats what I think Ill do tomorrow. I think I will find a cool chord progression, build a cool melody, add some piano and bass, build an entire song. Theres no reason all of my instruments need to go to waste making a song.
#14
Quote by AlskiOverload
Are there supposed to be songs in my head I can summon at will to write?
I don't know how it's supposed to be but this is what it's like for me. I hear the whole thing. Getting it out is time consuming and difficult. Ear training helps.
Sometimes I just let loose and see what comes out then work it and work it and work it and work it until it becomes something decent. Sometimes it's a chord progression, sometimes a melody, sometimes a rockin riff or rhythm.
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#15
Quote by Peaceful Rocker
nobody can teach you how to be creative

Sadly this is true. Can't really teach you that. It's just something you have to learn on your own. I can tell you a pretty good way to learn, though.

Listen to your favorite artists, learn their songs, and then do what they do. For example, I love Bright Eyes. Way before I knew much about theory, back when I first started learning guitar, I noticed a lot of Bright Eyes songs used suspended chords to create tension. Most people know suspended chords are a good way to create a feeling of tension at the end of certain sections, but being self-taught, I didn't know that. Also, it was nice to see/hear exactly how they were being used.

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Are there supposed to be songs in my head I can summon at will to write?

Yes. But getting a song on CD that sounds anything like the song in your head takes practice practice practice (and a good knowledge of theory, so you'll have access to some tools that may be needed to build your house--so to speak)
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#16
work on a repetoire of songs ,
ie some songs you can play .
ideally if you can play some rhtyhm guitar songs , (strum a longs if you like )
and some melodic pieces simple sing note studies , to play as a lead instrument .
this should get you started
also let your theory extend to knowledge of popular music of the last 100 years , make connections , with your theory and your aural skills,
this should help bring ideas to life for you , let me know if this helps
#17
Quote by lewis_grey
Don't over think it, you can't force good music, it has to come spontaneously.

mostly true for me, even though i can sometime purposefully come up with music....


but yeah just put your finger in random places and play, experiment till you get something thats sounds good. as for lyrics pick a subject and try to stick to it.
#18
You have to work work work....
Sometimes music comes straight from the heart, and your like damn thats good...
But mainly for me, you have to get something you like, change it, rearrange it....then keep building, and eventually you pull something amazing out of your acoustic soundhole of tricks....
#19
It's kinda hard to explain, but the music I've written that I'm most happy with comes when I'm truly inspired. When I just start playing and something great comes out. That's the reason I play music. Of course, it takes a lot of work to craft one little idea into a full piece of music that does it justice but it's definately worth it.