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Songwriting
madman3123  
8 May 2008 11:36 | Quote
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ok i've been playing for over a year and i've got some tunes and some lyrics they all come from the heart but i cant write a tune for the lyrics or lyrics for the tunes. can anyone tell me a way to do this that works well and is easy to grasp
Afro_Raven  
8 May 2008 12:40 | Quote
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Well the first thing you should really do is get some basic theory under your belt. Chords (+ extensions if possible), what chords are in keys, scales and the theory behind them, how to apply them to chords. Learning about some standard song forms would be recommendable as well. I'm pretty certain the answers to all of these can be found on this website, and if not feel free to post away my friend! Someone will be able to answer!

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simon73  
8 May 2008 14:16 | Quote
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decide what the mood is will it be hard rock or blues or even slow down with a nice feel. Then try some chords around your tune sing to yourself or even hum it (since I can't sing I whistle the tune. Add some what I call pauses so the tune does not become a jumble mash of crap.

if you want a solo if your song is happy like the sun shine and makes a person feel good then I suggest a major sound as it very bright. If the song is base on hard words and generally getting up and shouting then try a minor sounding solo. This is very basic but I am sure that you will pick something out that you like.

As Afro says get some theory will be beneficial as well don't need to go mad I never do and ask if you need any more advice good luck
joe  
8 May 2008 14:47 | Quote
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theory is pretty damn useful in my opinion.

and sometimes it helps to have a chord progression and then try and fit a sort of tune you can hum over that.

then replace the hummed notes with words and you should eventually get there.

i know you said you already had lyrics but sometimes its easier to start afresh than to try and fit lyrics and song together.

but thats just my opinion, im sure loads of other people disagree with that lol.

good luck anyhow.
Doz  
8 May 2008 14:56 | Quote
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Theory and practice. Learn anything you need to get the song written - and then just try and try again, hopefully getting better gradually.
madman3123  
11 May 2008 04:35 | Quote
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thanks i know some theory i.e what chords are in what keys scales and stuff like that its just the singing along to the tune i find hard as alot of my songs are quite fast and heavy and i find my self subconciously tryin to fit a sylable a note which messes it up specially on the pauses any advice to help me stop??


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