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    Is there a particular method key or scale you like to write in?

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    For songs that have a message or story , I was thinking about story boarding. Drawing a few pictures to methodically tell a story. Pull from the images important lines, similar to a screen play. Perhaps it could work.

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    I use the ass-in-chair method for writing the lyrics and developing the message.

    AFA the key/scale...it's whatever I hear in my head at the time, and then I'll flush it out at the piano usually, sometimes with guitar.
    At that point I'll try a few different keys to see if it works better, though about 75% of the time it stays in the original key I heard.

    Coming up with songs was never a problem...it's the finishing part that takes work.

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    So far I got a picture of a

    Rocket ship
    A sunset
    and a tree

    Yeah,I dont know. I think I was supposed to come up with a story first and then draw pictures. Whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LazerBeakShiek View Post
    For songs that have a message or story , I was thinking about story boarding. Drawing a few pictures to methodically tell a story. Pull from the images important lines, similar to a screen play. Perhaps it could work.
    Whatever gets you through the night.
    I'm not sure exactly what you're asking. Can you break it down a bit ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimtraveller View Post
    Can you break it down a bit ?
    So there were these producers for disney on a behind the scenes show the other night. The writers and directors sitting talking in front of large pictures. Like using them pictures to write the story. So I thought I can do that, perhaps it will help the song writing process.

    There were 3 pictures I drew. And Nothing really came of it.

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    Am. I have to make a real effort to use other keys. I use Em and Fm sometimes. Oddly, 70% of my work is in minor keys - no idea why, I just like them!

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    Yes minor keys, or All sharps and flats. The black keys. When I was first learning keyboards, I did not know the complete scales. So I would hold the bend wheel 1/2 step and play the black keys for a solo. The trick works. I dont think the whites all work together, you need to drop one of the notes. Blacks work together as their own key.

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    Since most of my songs are written by me and are going to be sung by me........I have to be aware of the melody range and decide the key based on that.....most of the time. My range is not great but includes enough keys to keep my songs from all sounding too much alike......and I purposely make the arrangements and instrument selection as varied as possible. The type of song I'm writing also can determine the key. Blues tunes feel better in certain keys......pop songs need certain keys.....etc...etc. Just my 2 cents worth.
    Just A Song Writer..........

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    For me, no real method. It is whatever strikes me first, whether that is a melody line, a lyric, a guitar riff or a chord progression. From there I flesh it out to see what becomes of it. A few times i have something I want to say and try to write a song around it, like in a deliberate, commissioned manner. Those songs almost never work out.

    For key signature, I pretty much stay within the CAGED group. If vocal range is an issue, I'll use a capo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chili View Post
    A few times i have something I want to say and try to write a song around it, like in a deliberate, commissioned manner. Those songs almost never work out.
    Try speed. Get the idea out faster. My ideas leave as fast as they come. If I can track bass guit keys and voice to a tempo, I can fill in the blanks arranging later.

    I meant get them down in 10-15 min .

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