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Chaos to Order

Songwriting
brodyxhollow  
7 Mar 2008 16:55 | Quote
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I'm just curious how others find how to create structure for their music. I have a thousand cool sounds, but it's so hard for me to be satisfied with any structure I come up with. I get tired of the same old chord progressions, and I have such a hard time trying to figure out some new riff I'm happy with. I guess I'm hitting a roadblock today or something. It's one of those things where I just wish I could figure out where to go next. I think it might be a creativity block or something. It's like I have the canvas in front of me, and I've got a bunch of ideas, but I don't know how to paint it, or make it all come together.
blackholesun  
7 Mar 2008 17:04 | Quote
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United Kingdom
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Hmm... do you mean you are having trouble writing riffs, or stringing riffs and chord progressions together to make a song?
brodyxhollow  
7 Mar 2008 18:17 | Quote
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i guess a little of everything. i mean i have the know how, i know what im doing, but i dont know how to put it all together and make a finished product. i dunno, its like a creativity block. so much of my stuff ill come up with a basic concept and wont know where to go from there. i mean i can do standard stuff, but i guess im kind of leaning toward progressive stuff, and im trying to just get a structure together and dont know what to do.
Notim  
7 Mar 2008 19:49 | Quote
Joined: 08 Dec 2007
United States
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I hear ya brody I went through that a week or so ago,Just walk away from it for abit and run scales and practice and such thats what I did, and I know its harder then it sounds but try not to think about it and let your head clear and then go back to the open canvas and do so painting,
soy.el.che  
7 Mar 2008 20:29 | Quote
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record yourself playing a riff and things around it and see what comes out, thats what i do
youll probly hear an something worth of playing lol
works for me
Afro_Raven  
8 Mar 2008 12:56 | Quote
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It might sound weird, but try and work out one of your existing riffs/progressions, etc. on another instrument e.g. piano. I often find that in the process of trying to work the riff out I end up playing something slightly different and it creates a new section for the song.

Try it out, you'll see what I mean.

Afro
brodyxhollow  
8 Mar 2008 17:16 | Quote
Joined: 04 Feb 2008
United States
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thanks for the ideas, ill give them a shot. i think it might help if i get to jam with my band soon and see what we can work out together, but we've had really shitty weather where im from, so i havent been able to meet up with them. but ill try some of these ideas and see if they work until then.


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