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Postby fergal41 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:25 am

I'm just starting this thread to ask for some advice on songwriting. I've been writing songs for around six years now, but recently I've entirely lost the ability to do so. I don't pick up the guitar as much, and generally when I do it's just when I'm sitting at the computer browsing and I plonk away at a few riffs.

What are everyone's preferences for writing? Do you turn everything in the room off and take the time to reflect while coming up with new music? Is there one certain place where you always go to write? I want to hear some tips/techniques cos I'm really at a wall!

Thanks in advance for any replies and/or advice! :happy:
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Re: Songwriters

Postby sprinks41 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:38 am

I usually just go with the flow of life, where it takes me is where I end up and along the way if I happen to be hit with an idea, I take it into consideration and possibly even go with it. Basically, I dont really schedule or make time to write a song. I usually make bits and pieces of them here and there and then put the pieces together when I have a chance to sit down and concentrate on them.
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Re: Songwriters

Postby Noreason757 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:08 am

i usually don't "think up an idea" before i start playing and then figure out how it should sound. i kno some people do it that way. i just sit down every now and then when im bored and just play what ever comes to me, i usually come up with a new riff or catchy hook or groove every time i do it.
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Re: Songwriters

Postby Dylan on Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:09 am

something i like to do with writing songs on guitar is to experiment with different tunings. i enjoy DADAAD (open D5), and CGCGCEb (Open C Minor). a word of advice for the open D5 tuning; the top two A's are the same pitch, meaning you tune your G string up a whole step to A. sometimes with old strings this is too much tension and it'll break, so i go halfstep down on every string making it Db-Ab-Db-Ab-Ab-Db.

also try learning some new chord shapes if you haven't already. Maj7, Min7, Dominant7, Sus chords are nice too.
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Re: Songwriters

Postby Resident Skumfuk on Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:52 am

I sometimes get a catchy hook in my head randomly and that's usually when i sit down and play with it on guitar and work it out. I feel like I can't ever force myself to sit down and write something that's good, unfortunately. Maybe that's just me though.
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Re: Songwriters

Postby lisaNL on Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:27 am

Sometimes I sit down and actually take the time to write a song and sometimes the idea just comes to me. I always come up with the lyrics first and add the chords later. My old guitar teacher has a blog with tips about playing guitar in general but also about improving your songwriting. This particular article really helped me.
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