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

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Should the key of a song composition be chosen based on the type of song? [duplicate]

I am beginner at playing the piano and I want to write my own songs. I know that a song should in some key. My question is - What key should be chosen when writing a particular type of song. What kind ...
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Playing the same melody over different chord progressions

I'm considering a structure of the following sort for a jazz/rock fusion song: Section A: 2-bar instrumental guitar line repeated a couple of times over a chord progression like C-G-C-G, followed by ...
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song writing technique

I've had songs just come to me on occasion that were pretty complete the way they were, and other times I can work on a song for over a year and although I like the idea of the song when I start on it,...
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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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What is the correlation between money notes and scale used in a song when singing? [closed]

I wonder what is the correlation between the scale I chose for a song and the "money notes" I'm going to sing in the more tense moments of the song, like in the prechorus. They are usually going to be ...
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Time signatures [closed]

Can someone explain to me how to mix time signatures as a songwriter? iv'e read several articles suggesting to switch vary the time signature of a piece to give different sections contrast and ...
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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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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 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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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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How to notate a time signature that alternates every few measures?

I was playing an original song in 4/4 but noticed if I instead played the first 3 bars as 3/4 and kept the last 4 chords one per beat in a bar of 4/4, it seemed more interesting. How would this time ...
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Meter/ Rhythm/ Time signature

Can someone explain to me what meter is and how to change and control it? Im a beginner songwriting and im not sure if meter refers to feet per line or if it refers to duple, triple, quadruple, simple,...
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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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Putting original song in Movie? [closed]

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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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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I need to know what piano chords I am singing

I am a songwriter but I do not play piano. I can pick my melody out with one finger, but that’s it. Is there an app or some way to record myself singing a song and have it determine the piano chords ...
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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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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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I have some lyrics with a melody and a chord progression. How do I go about adding music to it?

I wrote some lyrics and added a melody and chord progression. I would like to add more music to it. From what I know, I would have to add a bass track and add a beginning riff, a solo, drums etc.. I ...
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Do these two riffs sound the same to you? [migrated]

The bass line from Shake Your Body (Down to the ground) sounds the same as the sung hook "Run for the shadows" from the middle of Golden Years. Should Bowie get a writing credit for the Jacksons song?...
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Meter/ bars/ subdivisions

Can anyone explain to me how a singer/artist squeeze in more than 4 syllables between subdivisions? i know it has something to do with tempo, but how do you count the beats between subdivisions to ...
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Lyric meter/ Pulse

I've been learning many different concepts as a beginning songwriter and have been working on applying them in my work. However, i can't seem to full understand how to control lyric meter and lyric ...
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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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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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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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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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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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