Monday, April 26, 2004

Your greatest hits

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This is a particularly strange piece of mental gymnastics which really
worked for me just the other day.

Imagine that the artist, band or whoever and whatever you are writing for
is completely famous and is being played on the radio the whole time.

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Monday, April 19, 2004

Theme tunes

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Here's one way of getting off the mark when you're feeling a little
creatively challenged.

Choose your favourite film. Then write the imaginary theme song for the film.
Not theme MUSIC but theme SONG.

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Friday, April 16, 2004

Play a song you've never heard before

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I picked up the guitar, and started singing a song. The song didn't exist. I was
actually making it up, but I was kidding myself that the song was already there.
All this stuff came out. Some of it I couldn't remember, so I mumbled those bits.

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Going through the motions

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A lot of songwriting isn't as much as finishing a song as coming up with words,
phrases and sets of words that work well together. This is where the internet
can really help get your mind racing off in all kinds of directions.

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Using only rhythm to inspire melody or lyrics

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Make up an interesting rhythm, sing a more expansive tune across it using longer notes and less words

Make up a very simple rhythm, sing a more melodic and intricate line across it

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When the words won't come hit the music

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Recently I've become better at realizing when the words aren't going to come.
This doesn't mean that I don't want to write a song or get into the process of
some kind of song writing, it just means that my head isn't in word-land at a
particular moment.

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Songwriting tips, songwriting help and advice for songwriters



Don't forget to check out the categories Creative technique, which talks about the way to make your ideas work, General Songwriting Tips, which is the everyday ins and outs of songwriting, Lyric Writing, which deals only with the problems associated with writing lyrics, Melodies, about the way to use tunes and melody to make your song memorable, and Mental Gymnastics, which discusses strategies for getting out of a Songrut!

Also don't forget to check out the songwriting tips in the categories Performance, which is about how the way a song is delivered can change its meaning, Reader Tips, which is where I keep all the cool songwriting ideas that people have sent in, Singers, which is about singers and singer-songwriter types, and Song Angle, which talks about the different places a song can come from.

And finally, the last categories are Song Structure, which deals with putting the different sections of a song together and Songwriting Style, which is about the way one can write a song.

 
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