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    Write music first or lyrics first?

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    I was just wanting everyone opinion on this.

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    I write the music first. The rhythm of the vocal melody is usually in my head before I write the lyrics for it.
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    Another vote for music first
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    Lyrics first, if it has lyrics. Actually, I work from a title or phrase, which usually dictates something melodically, then go from there with a bare outline of what I want to say and then put the rest of the music together. Then its back to write the lyric and develop phrasing, usually away from the studio and any instruments. Then a second look at melody and chords and possible alternatives. Then a scratch recording and it's on to the recording process.

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    It depends for me. I either get a good vocal tune in my head, and then write the lyrics, and then after I would write the instruments. But sometimes i get a good catchy guitar riff in my head, so I will use that as the base.
    "A song is a like a door that never closes"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_mx
    Another vote for music first
    Same here.
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    Music first.
    Let the melody tell you what the song is about (how does it make you feel?,happy?sad?)

    Then, ..hum your melody to the music (you can use lyrics, but don't get attached to them)

    I always try to keep The Polices "Doo Doo Doo, De Da Da Da" in mind. These 'lyrics' mean nothing, but SERVE the song perfect!

    Great songs are not written in one sitting, and usually don't come as easy as throwing some lyrics up that fit the chords of the song (I've found this a problem with many punk rock songwriters).

    The 'way' you sing something is what will get the audiences attention, and you may find, as I did...that everything sort of 'falls into place' when you have your melody nailed. (ie. guits/drums/arrangement)

    (another song I keep in mind is "in the jungle". Everyone knows the 'melody'...)

    Hope this helps,

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    I find it goes either way for me. Some days I have written the melody and then the lyrics just fit in perfect (which is awesome when that happens). But sometimes I get some decent lyrics and wont get the melody till sometime after and it works the other way as well, I get the melody and can't get the right lyrics to fit in.

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    depends on what inspires you to write a tune in the first place. 6 one way 1/2 dozen the other.
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    Well, if it's rap, then there you have your answer up front.
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