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  • Come up with it in my head

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  • Come up with it by tinkering around on an instrument (guitar, keyboard, whatever)

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  • Pretty even mix of the 2 above

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Thread: How do you come up w/that initial idea/set of lyrics/melody/etc

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    No method. Depends on how the idea comes. It comes when it comes, and how it comes is how it wants to come. If I tried to write music the same way every time, I think everything would sound the same. Sometimes doing music in a way you aren't used to is nice to write with more variety.
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    I tend to noodle around on my guitar until I find something I think sounds alright. Eventually I stumble on an idea that works for me and I start with a lyric melody (normally by saying complete nonsense to a melody I think fits) When finding the melody I normally stumble on a sentence that fits. This sentence then tends to set the story for the lyrics which I fit around it.

    I have creative spurts and then all of a sudden hid a road block. I've had songs like that for years and then one night boom I seem to find a way to move the song along. It's a funny old process. I write best when I'm emotional or tired. I love writing music when I'm practically falling asleep :P

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    I actually wrote an article on this topic and about how to keep things flowing in a natural way, I hope you find it useful Idan Altman | Indie Music Producer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren1664 View Post
    I tend to noodle around on my guitar until I find something I think sounds alright. Eventually I stumble on an idea that works for me and I start with a lyric melody (normally by saying complete nonsense to a melody I think fits) When finding the melody I normally stumble on a sentence that fits. This sentence then tends to set the story for the lyrics which I fit around it.

    I have creative spurts and then all of a sudden hid a road block. I've had songs like that for years and then one night boom I seem to find a way to move the song along. It's a funny old process. I write best when I'm emotional or tired. I love writing music when I'm practically falling asleep :P
    Yes! So this, i love to play my guitar while falling asleep and come up with melodies that kinda wake me up. I tend to write poorly tho, need to improve those lame love lyrics and start to write some decent stories

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    It actually doesn't take me long to come up with melodies when I am intent on finding one. Often times, it's the very first thing I play on the instrument. The ideas that come from my head are more rare, but generally are more experimental in nature. There's even times when I come up with a melody by complete accident.
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    I went to UCLA Film Scoring Program, and we had to write quickly to get assignments finished.
    Whenever I could not think of a tune right off, I took a warm bath. Lying there with no distractions, ideas would just start popping into my head. Sometimes just a melody but often full orchestrations. With just my mind working it, I was not hampered by my possible inability to play what I was thinking, or distracted by equipment issues.
    Then after the bath I could go to a piano, write down the basics and any specific riffs or orchestration ideas that came up, then start fleshing out the details at my workstation and/or on paper.

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    I know this thread is old, but there are some good ideas in here.
    I noticed that the vast majority here write the music first, then agonize over writing a lyric.
    I am sort of the opposite. I subscribe to the Bernie Taupin/Elton John method, where Bernie would present Elton with a set of lyrics and Elton would set it to music. Bernie finds it impossible to write music and Elton can't write lyrics to save his life.

    Anyway, first I try to come up with an idea for a song, then I agonize over writing lyrics, with no idea of how it will sound...will it be fast, slow, piano, guitar based? No clue.

    After - and ONLY after - I have a complete set of lyrics, I then put on my Elton hat and write some chord changes and a melody, to fit the lyrics.

    That's the only way I can make it work. If I try it the opposite way, it's like I'm trying to learn Chinese.
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