Post by JAI
Award winning composer, vocalist, and superheroine
Here is a great article about five different ways to start writing songs. We attempt to do this by switching between programming and piano. Recently, John has been starting the songs with a few drum tracks and synth tracks and then I add lyrics and melody lines. This works well for us some of the time. But what I find really works for me as a composer/artist/singer, is to sit down at my piano and come up with a song that I can just transfer to John once the core of it is complete.
The main struggle for me is finding the right time and energy to sit down and play the piano for a couple of hours. It takes a lot of discipline, which I’ve never been very good at when it comes to playing the piano for more than 20 or 30 minutes.
So, after reading this article, we might attempt to begin our songs with a different approach and see how it goes.
How you start a song has a lot to do with how it ends up sounding.
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If you find that all of the songs you write are starting to sound the same, take a look at how you start the songwriting process. From that first moment that musical ideas enter your mind, you’re in large part determining how your song will unfold. And if you start all your songs the same way, with some random strumming of chords or establishing some sort of rhythmic groove, you’re likely going to find that all your songs will have a similar sound and feel.
So it’s a no-brainer that the best way to keep a sense of variety and innovation in your music is to never start consecutive songs…
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