#1
Lately I am having major trouble writing riffs. Especially electric clean/Acoustic riffs. Can anyone give me some suggestions to help me compose. I have tried everything. I look up new scales and practice practice practice from all the tutorials and stuff on this site and my technique is getting alot better but my writing is awful. Also I have been engaging in music theory.


Please help
#2
i just learn new songs and doodle around a lot. sometimes people get writers block, dont worry, eventually you'll write something again, it always happens. try to find inspiration somewhere you dont usually.
#3
There was a lesson on this site that I came across, basically it said to take the bottom 2 or 3 strings of any scale you'd like and play every combination of those notes. Turn them into riffs, the restriction to 2 strings make you think more and expand the creativity. Good Luck.

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#4
If you have the ablity to hear origional riffs in your head, try and recreate them on guitar as soon as you hear em. You can also hum them into a phone or dictaphone to record it and try to recreate it later on your guitar. You can try and learn something by ear, I recently tried that and wrote some riffs not too similar to the attempted song.

Perhaps learning a lot of other poeples stuff, and figuring out how they came about discovering it would be helpful.

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#5
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If you have the ablity to hear origional riffs in your head, try and recreate them on guitar as soon as you hear em. You can also hum them into a phone or dictaphone to record it and try to recreate it later on your guitar.


I do this all the time except once I get the riff in my head, I hum into my guitar tuner and figure out the notes.
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#6
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I do this all the time except once I get the riff in my head, I hum into my guitar tuner and figure out the notes.


Ah crafty, I would have never thought of that!

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#7
Unless you guys have perfect pitch you'll be inhibited.

I find it best to construct a motif, jam on it for... (well... 10 minutes or a couple of hours depending on how the wind's blowing), and by the end of it I'll have maybe a Dozen "riffs" to work with. It only makes it complicated of course, but too many times have I written something I thought I'd maxed the potential on, only to find myself embelishing not long after I'd 'written' the song, for sheer self-consciousness and perfectionism.

It's easy to chug out something cool, whats hard is chugging out something desperately similar and writing a song with the one that takes you the most. Guarentee that 90% of the time it won't be the first thing that your fingers popped out.
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