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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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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 ...
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Is this a harmonic riff?

Here's the riff. For me a harmonic riff sounds harmonic. Without any thinking about the theory I can hear it most of the times. But in this case I'm not sure. Especially G 1 sounds a little bit off. ...
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When to start signaling a change in pop music?

As a songwriter I often write songs that uses more than one motif. Without the change to the other motif the song would either be too short or sink into boredom. Most theories I have read were about ...
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I am another plateau victim

I could use some advise from an advanced musician (I am a guitar player, who could have guessed). I have reached a plateau, I am trying to write music, I will occasionally noodle around and hear ...
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Given a riff, how do you find a suitable chord progression to it?

I wonder how the professional or seasoned songwriters do when he came up with a melody and tried to find a suitable chord progression along with it. I am not that new to song writing. For a riff of ...
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how can I develop my top-line melody writing style?

I'll try to use definitions from writing speech, in order to explain my question. In order to write an essay, you need to know the alphabet, some vocabulary, grammar, syntax and combine the words in ...
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What are some common ways for songwriters and lyricists to find each other online?

Let's say I'm pretty comfortable at composing but bad at writing lyrics (or vice versa). What are the best ways for me to connect with a proficient lyricist online? Are there any "songwriter expertise ...
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When writing a melody on top of a riff, is there a rule for what types of notes you use?

When writing a melody on top of a riff, is there a rule for what types of notes you use? For example, if your riff has goes A, B, C continuously, do the notes in the melody have to be certain notes ...
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I delayed a chord progression on a song I'm writing by an eighth and it made it sound different but better? What have I done?

I've recently started learning and composing music. I was writing a simple melody and chord progression in 4/4 in some music software. It was just a basic 4 bar melody with 4 different chords one on ...
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How can you retain the melody or tune you come up with in your head?

I was trying to create a song and figured out what the melody would be like. I played it on my guitar and jotted down the chords in a notebook. The next morning i tried playing it, but i completely ...
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Interlude for a melody composed between chorus ad verse for 30 second without vocal

Need tips for the instruments to be arranged & played for a song when there is a break for vocal between the song moving from chorus to verse or verse to chorus.Already planned for accompaniment ...
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How to play in time, for songwriters

How do songwriters make recordings that are in time? Here's what I've tried: 1) Recording with a metronome. OK, now my songs are in time, but are different (e.g. quantized/snapped to the beat ...
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How to build a chorus, what should i been looking for?

I play guitar and sing for 1.5 year. I've been learning basic music theory and recently came across this very popular songwriting cheat sheet: http://i.imgur.com/k0F0EI3.jpg A lot of people say that ...
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How to determine which (slash) chord to use?

I usually notice the patterns of making chord progressions with defining its root notes. These root notes actually the main notes that I will sing in and from there I can decide to use which chords ...
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How do bands take notes of their songs?

I've never been in a band, and I'm trying to imagine how the songwriting process goes in a band. Most importantly, I wonder how does a band take notes of their songs and ideas during jams and ...
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Tips for writing an aggressive/violent orchestral piece?

So I'm writing an orchestral composition, and it is supposed to sound aggressive and violent, however I'm not sure how one can accomplish this. At first I assumed it would have a fast tempo, and would ...
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Layering multiple instruments

I am very new to the song writing process. In a section like the chorus, how do you get the layering of many instrument to get that full and rich impression? For my first composition, I just had ...
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Creating conga part in lilypond

I'd like to score a congas part in lilypond, but I can't figure out how. I've found the lilypond documentation on it here, but I can't understand it, especially this bit: There are also other ...
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Is there any rules to choosing appropriate drum pattern for a melody?

I'm just a beginner in writing music. and I am learning this just for fun. I had read some books about writing music, but still confused with some questions, this is one of my question. I had tried ...
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Move a trill into the stave

In lilypond, I'd like to draw a zig-zagged line after a note which lasts until the next note. Basically, I'd like to create something which looks like this: (sorry for the poor quality) UPDATE I ...
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Why does most “Country” Music use mostly major and minor plain simple chords?

Rock and Roll features power chords. Funk features 9th and 13th chords. Blues features 7th chords. Jazz features all kinds of strange diminished and augmented and suspended and flat 5th and other ...
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What is the job title of someone who comes up with lyrics and a beat, but not instrumentation?

In a songwriting session, if I'm the one who came out with the lyrics and the beat of the song but didn't make the musical instrumental (can't play any musical instrument). What am I?
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Why do artists not release backing tracks, instrumentals, and acapellas in their singles? [closed]

Currently, artists just release singles with 1 track - the song. For example, Ariana Grande's single "Focus" has 1 track: Focus But wouldn't it be better to release additional tracks as well, like ...
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When writing music, is there an optimal speed for vocal parts?

I am used to writing piano music and want to write some vocal stuff now. However, I have noticed that I write melodies which are too fast to be sung. Can someone tell me roughly what a "slow" vocal ...
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Is it necessary to use only notes and chords that belong in a specific scale?

I used to think it is necessary to at least follow the chords of a scale until I came across the Nirvana song "Lithium" and I realized the notes and chords he used in the song don't fit in any scale! ...
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Which would benefit my band the most, learning covers or writing originals?

I've been playing the guitar for nearly four years, and I think I'm getting better at it.My brother plays the drums, and our two cousins play the guitar well. When we had all met last time, we wanted ...
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How do I write an original melody? [closed]

I'm trying to write a song, and I keep thinking of a melody, but they have all been taken. How do I find a melody that hasn't been taken?
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The Chords in this progression sound great but don't belong together - so why do they work?

I am a songwriter and compose my own music to go with my lyrics. Most of my chord progressions follow common patterns like using a I V IV or I IV V with an occasional ii or iii or vi chord thrown in ...
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Composing Music on Guitar - how do I get started? [closed]

I have been playing guitar for 3 year I have learned several songs from Green Day, Nirvana and several other artists I have learned them from YouTube. I live in a small town in India so don't have a ...
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Is it common in song structure for a “Bridge” to be shorter than the verses?

I am a songwriter. I write Western Music - mostly in the Country genre. Every song I have ever written has at least two verses and a chorus. I don't always add a bridge as I recognize that a ...
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Lyric writing - books or essays?

Musical friends, I'm a competent writer of all forms of prose, dialouge, screenplays, and so on. But I have a secret desire ... I've always wanted to be able to write songs, that is to say song ...