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I didn't realize writing original music was so hard lol...and I'm not even writing the instrumental part! I'm good at writing lyrics, but goodness putting them to something is posing as a challenge. Any advice for a newbie in this area?

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I'm happy to see you getting serious about all of this. Here are a few sites to get you started. Study your favorite song writers and learn from their arrangements. For example Elton John and Bernie Taupin were a great Ballad writing team. Study Desmond Child for Pop rock and Max Martin for modern Pop. Study Dylan for Folk and Americana. Study Fagan and Becker for for Jazz/Rock fusion. I'll add a general rule that was not mentioned in the links below. Write sad songs in minor keys and happy songs in major keys. Good luck!



kensmile4u Level 8 Aug 10, 2018

I've wrote a few songs, All in the style of folk music. All base on different parts of my life, The words for me always come first or at least the idea, I pick up a guitar and melody and rhythm kinda happens. I'm not sure how to tell someone how to write a song, has something to do with feeling it. What might help you is if you have a song idea in you head and you can sing it the way you are feeling it, Get with someone who does play a guitar, that might help to bring the whole thing together.

kenriley Level 8 Aug 8, 2018

There’s no copyright on chord progressions. Borrow some from songs you like and make the melody and rhythm your own. From Bach to Beatles you’ll find similar patterns through the past 300 years or so. Also, try this.....

Markus Level 7 Aug 8, 2018

I'm the opposite way.
Writing music came very natural to me. Well with a lot of practice when I was younger.
But i couldn't put words down to save my life.

That's how it used to work in a few bands I've been in. I would write some music. And the rest of the guys wrote the lyrics.

But as in anything Practice is everything.
Hell even though I can do it well, I still every now and then write some crap music.
But I keep at it.


See if this helps:

I saw afterwards that you were working up lyrics to a backing track, so this probably didn't help. Lol
I generally write the other way around; I figure out what I want to say first, the message, and then I construct the cord progression around that. Much easier, in my opinion.


Don't think too much about it. Just let it flow through you. What instrument are you writing on/with?

Bjy001 Level 7 Aug 8, 2018

@BohoHeathen That's cool. Acoustic guitar is my instrument too. How long ya been playing?


I have the same problem, and I’m not super experienced at getting past it but I think some relevant things to consider is that writing poetry/prose isn’t the same as writing lyrics. Having well defined meter isn’t really a strength if you don’t have a clue as to how to sing it. And a lot of the best lyrics don’t have a consistent meter or rhyme scheme when you think about it. I think I’ve read and heard that some of the best songwriters start with the music or at least a melody and sorta freestyle brainstorm the words to fit it for this very reason: that it’s so hard to take words and then figure out how to sing them.

If I was gonna get serious about trying to write originals again I’d focus on writing some good music first, at least have a chord progression and a melodic idea and feeling in mind and then write the words with the music in mind. Writing music with words in mind always made me feel like I had heard this before n I was ripping something off inevitably or it just sounded corny. The only successful original I wrote was with a songwriting partner and we started with a lyrical idea but didn’t work on the words until jamming a chord progression out and it seemed to work pretty well that way.

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