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    Quote Originally Posted by Xdrummer View Post
    To me the story is very important, but I need most of the melody and harmony in place for the story to develop.

    I normally start with a chord progression (playing guitar or piano until a progression presents itself). I then "scat" sing as I develop an initial melody - and while I'm throwing out words, trying to make some rhymes, a few "key words" make themselves clear and then I know what the basic "subject" will be. From there I sart to develop a stoy line.

    Once I'm at that point, it seems the main "character" of the story comes to me (the muse????) and helps me tell their story.
    It's a pretty inefficient way to write songs but it's my method as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xdrummer View Post
    I normally start with a chord progression (playing guitar or piano until a progression presents itself). I then "scat" sing as I develop an initial melody - and while I'm throwing out words, trying to make some rhymes, a few "key words" make themselves clear and then I know what the basic "subject" will be. From there I sart to develop a stoy line.
    Quote Originally Posted by Robus
    It's a pretty inefficient way to write songs but it's my method as well.
    Not really. It's very common. We actually talked about that recently in another thread.
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    I rarely ever start with lyrics. Occasionally, I'll maybe have one line in mind, but if I do, it usually has at least a rhythm attached to it, if not a (start of a) melody.

    Usually, I start playing some chords or riff on a guitar or piano first. Then, if it's going to go somewhere, I'll usually get a first line with lyric and melody. I'm not too worried up front about the story or what it means. I prefer to just let things go in a stream of consciousness way. Sometimes a clear story will emerge, but many times it won't, and I'll just follow a line of thought to see where it leads.

    Having said that, I'm working on an electronic album now, and I've decided to write all the lyrics first, as an exercise, before working on any music. Lyrics are always the hardest for me to finish; I can usually always come up with some music.
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