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Questions tagged [songwriting]

For questions about writing a song from end to start and the ideas and techniques behind it.

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How to do songwriting starting from the lyrics, if I don't play any instrument?

I usually write new songs starting with a free backtrack. Then I imagine which words and melodies can go with it and in that way it's pretty easy to write a new song. Finally I can sing them at open ...
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How can someone mentally improvise music? [closed]

For a long time I have wondered how musicians have been able to create music internally without the use of an instrument i.e improvising physically or in some other real way. I think the idea that ...
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What do you call a lightwheight version of chorus inside a verse or in between them?

If you have two different choruses, where one is a more mellow version of the "real" chorus. What do you call it? For instance on this form: Verse, X, Verse, Chorus. What do you call X? It's not a ...
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Musicians' jargon, on-stage communication

I’m translating a documentary about a Hungarian folk-jazz musician into English and there are a few words, which I am sure are very simple, yet which I simply cannot find a solution for anywhere on ...
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How can you tell the chords of a piece of music if you can only hear bass and melody? [closed]

How can you tell the chords of a piece of music if you can only hear bass and melody? There are a lot of possibility that it can be more than a single chord..Also, would be better like this.. To have ...
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How is making music by software different than real instruments? [closed]

Do I need a real keyboard, drum machine and other instruments to make music, or do you think software nowadays are able to generate the same sound? What would be the difference, and would the quality ...
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Any tips on how to promote digitally distributed music? [closed]

My daughter is a talented singer-songwriter. She has published her songs in various digital streaming sites including Spotify. I would like to ask whether anyone in this forum has any good tips on ...
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What is considered to be inspiration? How can I be sure my idea is original?

I'm feeling like I'm not fully understand what degree of musical creativity is considered to be creating original content or inspiration. When a musical idea "jumps in my head" it sometimes remind me ...
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Writing Guitar Songs

Whenever I write a song on the guitar if I start it on the fifth fret, then all parts of the song start on the fifth fret, The intro riff, the chorus and verse riffs, everything. I'm a self taught guy ...
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Way to lower key of song without changing sound of chord progression (like the opposite of a capo)?

Capos heighten the pitch of the guitar. Is there a thing that lowers the pitch of the guitar? I've been having problems playing a song on guitar and also singing it. For example, a song's chord ...
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Help with songwriting, refrain confusion

I wonder if you could offer some advice. I’m doing well with a collection of ideas for songs but am struggling to get them completed. I tend to use a lot of refrain instead of chorus so for example ...
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Songs melody range

I'm writing a vocal song and I'm worried about the range of the melody.. for example in C Major key what is the lowest and highest melody I could go ? I appreciate every answers..but..I don't want ...
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melody starting point on song parts

Hi I'm writing a song in a Bb Major key and the chords goes something like EbM7 , F7 , Gm7 and the first note of the melody starts with G note. (this is the main chorus part) And if the verse part ...
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Who is “Music Reports” and do I need them? [closed]

I wrote a song and created a company to be its publisher. Recently I got a lot of letters from Music Reports, saying they intended to get a compulsory licence on behalf of Spotify and other music ...
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How to find counter rhythms for vocal melodies over dominant rhythms?

Most of the music theory I have learnt/encountered was focusing on chords and notes of melodies, but not on interplay of melody and backbeat, hence I'm asking this question. We are working on a song ...
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If I just change the lyrics and flow (very slightly) of a song is it called a cover or a remix?

Is it referred as to something else? Like my version of a song or tribute.
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Finding chords that sound the same as a melody

I’ve been writing a song with the basic melody: E, F#, C#, on electric guitar, but to write the chorus I need the same chords. I tried playing and F# chord, but it was too hard to play (I can’t play ...
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Turning lyrics into melody

Ive currently been having great difficulty turning my lyrics and poems into a melody. i've considered aligning the accented syllables as well as the meter with accented beats but am still having ...
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Help me understand the chord progression I just wrote?

I'm a guitarist who tends to write by ear but is trying to understand more theory. I came up with this progression I'm using for a song while noodling around with variations of the classic I-V-IV-V. ...
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What makes us recognize the composer of a song?

Here is the situation: I'm at a friend's house, and he plays a song in the guitar. I never heard it before, but somehow I know it's John Mayer, even though I don't like him very much (I can't even ...
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I was wondering about theory when it comes the rhythm and contour of melody lines [closed]

Like i was wondering if theres was any kind of way of making sense on how melody lines move or their rhythm. for examples are there rules when it comes to notes being held across bars.
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Subconscious Plagiarization in Music Production

I have effectively no training in music theory, and have only ever produced a handful of "songs" (unpublished files on my hard drive, resulting from aimless experimentation with production software). ...
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How to add lead guitar part to basic vocal/rhythm guitar song?

If my friend wrote a basic (rock/country ish) song over some guitar chords, any advice on how to add a lead guitar part? I.e. more than playing a pentatonic scale in same key as rhythm? Sorry it's a ...
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Putting original song in Movie?

If you want an original song to be in a movie, how would you put that in the movie script? Do you just write the lyrics in? Can you show an example?
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Is it good idea to start theory and song writing at the beginning?

I'm a beginner guitarist. I wanted to know if I'm able, if I can, to start with song writing and music theory. I was thinking if I got 2 years of guitar, why not 2 years of guitar, song writing, and ...
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What is the difference between 'chorus' and 'refrain'?

I'm trying to learn something about song structure. Reading the Wikipedia article about the subject I came across two terms that looked somewhat similar: chorus and refrain. There seemed to be a ...
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What do we call it when everything—pitch, chords progression, etc.—changes in a song?

There is a technique that I don't understand in some songs where everything changes—the pitch drop, the chord progression, the melody, etc. The only thing that stays the same is the vibe. Here are ...
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Writing interesting accompaniment rhythms

I've noticed a lot of music by New York composers use very interesting and varied, unpredictable accompaniment patterns (syncopation, rests, variation, counter-melodies etc) for their songs (like in ...
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What is the difference between harmony and consonance in music?

I am new to music theory and I was wondering what the difference is between harmony and consonance/dissonance. What are the reasons behind these terms and how can you apply it in practice if, for ...
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Can vocal runs or a vocal melody rythm clash with the guitar rythm?

In an acoustic singer-songwriter type song is it possible that the rhythm of a vocal run or vocal melody rhythm needs to be adjusted to fit the rhythm of the guitar better? I wrote some songs a while ...
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Approach notes on bass guitar clashing with vocal

When I write bass lines, I find that they sound better with approach notes but I also find that sometimes the approach notes clash with or clutter certain run-in vocal phrases that start with a few ...
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How to choose a bassline for a vocal melody

I have a melody for a 90bpm pop song that I wrote but am struggling with the bass line pattern a little bit. It is not what notes to play but what pattern I should use that I am stuck with. I don't ...
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Is C > Am > Em in the key of E minor or in the Key of E phrygian?

I am writing a song with the verse going from C > Am > Em > Em. . I can't think of any other pop/rock songs that use this progression and if anyone can think of any please share as this would be very ...
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is there a name in music when the melody changes the chord name or function?

I notice in some chords the melody actually starts on a note that is not in the chord itself. For example, a song in C major, the song might start on the C chord but the melody on the D (9th). Is ...
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Writing a Strange Ukulele Tune - Need Chord Help :) [closed]

I'm writing a strange little ukulele tune that goes G-G7-C-Cm and then repeats, basically. But I'd like it to repeat to a different last chord/last two chords but I'm having an issue finding a chord ...
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Wicked Game by Chris Isaak: does the vocal melody sing triplets over a straight sounding groove?

I am studying the concept of using triplet vocal melodies over a groove that sounds straight. I can think of a few examples but the most common one that comes to mind is the famous song "Wicked Game ...
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Harmonization of bebop scale

When you harmonize a bebop scale, you get a succession of X6 and X° chords with tight voicings, which can be thought of as tiny I and V chord progressions. I've read that musicians with polyphonic ...
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Why do certain vocal melodies work in context when those same melodies would sound dissonant on instruments?

I've been transcribing more vocal lines lately in songs I like, to go along with the usual instrument transcription I do, and I've noticed something interesting - a lot of my favorite vocal parts ...
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How should I practice?

OK so I spent years learning all my favorite guitar songs, (rock, blues, some jazz) in the hope that I'd one magical day reach a skill level acceptable enough for me to begin creating and writing my ...
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So confused about tempo

I'm trying to get help producing a song. But I was asked to sing to a tempo, so they can have a BPM to create background stuff. I asked how to do that exactly, and they couldn't give me a straight ...
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What are the methods used while writing pop music that make it so recognizably pop

I used to think that it's the four chord structure. But in reality many genres have four chord songs (e.g. Rock and Country) and pop isn't always limited to four chords (e.g. 2U). I used to think it's ...
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How can I distinguish a time signature?

What is the easiest way to figure out what time signature you wrote a song in? I am self-taught and have never had a lesson. It's hard for me to put it all together. I'm getting there though.
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what is the root note of D/A [duplicate]

i came across a weird chord, D/A. but is the root note of this chord D or A? A is being played as a bass and is lower.
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Unconventional use of iv and I7 chords

I am using the example of the song "More Than Words" by Extreme to illustrate my question. https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/e/extreme/more_than_words_crd.htm I see both the chords C and Cm being ...
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B5 power chord in A minor

I'm trying to write a rock/punk song in the key of A minor and the chorus goes: B5, C5, G5, F5. The B chord in A minor is B diminished, does that mean I have to use the diminished chord or can I use ...
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Writing a song similar to …

Part of my practice schedule is to learn a song by ear,then write a song similar to the one I've learned. Can anyone give me tips on how to cover a song's feeling in different chords and themes? I ...
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How to get feedback on my recordings? [closed]

I am a guitarist. I love singing though neither I have a good voice nor I am a really good singer. But I am getting good at it day by day. I do record myself often to check my progress and it is ...
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Pre-program a song in synthesia

Is there a way to "program" or script a song in synthesia (or another piano software, in this case please suggest one). Basically, I like composing music, but I suck at playing it. The music I write ...
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What key to use for a certain meaning or theme in the song?

I know this might be considered a very vague question, but I don't know where else to go. I've started songwriting recently and I'm still a beginner. I was wondering, what key(s) should I write my ...
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Writer's block: how do you know when lyrics are “ready”?

After a writer's block of at least ten years, this guitarist is "ready" to move on with writing and recording the songs that lurk inside me. My initial approach is diving back into my folders of ...