#1
Ok i am a guitarist of a death metal band. i write all the songs because no one else knows how to write songs in the band and the problem is i have trouble. it takes a long time to make one and i never know what to do next. does anyone have any advice at all?
#2
Listen to your favourite bands, know what you like and what you want to play live. Then, learn some theory, apply it in a song.
#4
how is that hard to write songs? maybe you should actually get everyone to practice/play as fpr song structure, just go with what feels right, surely you have some riffs you've written, find some in the same key and string em together at the very least
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i write death metal and it takes me a while as well. i think it's the with most death metal song writers. death metal has quite complex songs, lots of short notes, odd time sigs that sort of stuff.
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#7
i can relate, the other guitarist in my band can write 10 riffs before i can get one, now excuse me for sounding selfish, but the ones i write are 10 times better than his. i usually just sit down and fiddle around with a few notes and try to make them sound in a good order, then i decide whether or not to make them cords, notes, trem picked, etc. dont try to copy a certain style of music or a certain pattern, just play what you enjoy and thats all that matters, dont get pigeonholded into a writing a certain way just because that is the kind of music you like.
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the easiest riffs to write are power-chords and tremolo pickings. I would go for them combined with alternate harmonics for a good outro/main riff sound. easy going sweeps are good for the intro. or if you're too lazy, just use the first choice for most of the song, with slight technique variations in the middle, like in the song Pull the Plug by Death, which is a good example, as it's made by the (in my view) best and most influntial death metal band.
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the easiest riffs to write are power-chords and tremolo pickings. I would go for them combined with alternate harmonics for a good outro/main riff sound. easy going sweeps are good for the intro. or if you're too lazy, just use the first choice for most of the song, with slight technique variations in the middle, like in the song Pull the Plug by Death, which is a good example, as it's made by the (in my view) best and most influntial death metal band.

if your writing death metal, NEVER use power cords on anything other than the lowest string, this isnt metalcore
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never use power chords on any other string than the lowest? .... what?. Listen to Death. Listen to Death. ok?
I'm writing lots of what I consider to be my own take of death metal lately, and it all boils down to your influence. If you wanna write death metal, listen to death metal, and learn death metal. All I've been listening to and playing and learning is Death for a couple months, and it's coming through in my playing SOO much, you might impress yourself if you really indulge in your influence. The only way you can learn to write a style is to have experience with it.. so just listen, play and learn more... and the most important part is to take what you've learned and write your own stuff with it. A whole lotta stuff
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if your writing death metal, NEVER use power cords on anything other than the lowest string, this isnt metalcore

fail, so incredibly fail

don't listen to this, remember you don't have to write death metal to appeal to this guy and what HE thinks death metal is. you write it to what you think it is
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^ maybe he was joking?

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#13
listen to death metal music and get inspired by it

when I want to write a song, many times I think about cool sections of other songs and I try to write something similar to that
#14
Not really sure how you go about it, but I all I ever do is come up with riffs and stuff when I practice alone and usually my other guitarist can expand on them and because we have good chemistry we can write a whole song in about ten minutes, usually from improv.
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#15
tune your guitar down to lowest tuning possible. Then tune it lower. Then play power chords really, really fast and have the singern scream something about satan eating bunnies or something....
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tune your guitar down to lowest tuning possible. Then tune it lower. Then play power chords really, really fast and have the singern scream something about satan eating bunnies or something....

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listen to the bands that first started playin death metal (death, possessed, cannibal corpse) and go through the timeline of how the genre has evolved and created sub-genres- melodic death metal, blackened death metal, brutal death metal, etc