Did attend some clinics and watched some songwriting/composition tutorials last weeks
Here some tips.
Tips for songwriting: last weeks
clinics and tutorials
Lyrics and melody (interactive)
Make a collaboration group with a
Start with a track/mix from a rhytm
The melody writer makes a melody and a
very rough vocal based on only sounds.
With this melody and sounds a lyric
writer makes a rough lyric.
A third team member does fine shaping
and optimizing of the lyrics.
Play along track (interactive)
Form a rhythm section (bass, drums,
Write a chord progression and bars
(stucture) on a white board.
Choose a tempo and style.
Do a run.
Than step by step change all variables
and record all variations/versions.
Change tempo, change style, change
chords, add rhytms/ensemble or section accents, fine shape/ modify/
add or remove chords, change key, add effects, add solo's, change
timing of individual members or groups, change relative volume of
members or groups, make parts or individual tracks/stems fuller or
less or change mood or approach/interpretation, develop the song
structure, add solo's, etc.
Build it up. Start standard, than
gradually add more interpretations and variations.
Never put it all in the first
Experiment with laid back and forward.
Watch the end of a chorus/verse A/B
and give signs to the others how to develop further.
Start an improvisation near your belt
(in the middle of the keyboard and later on devleop the highs and
Use all standard and well known chord
progressions, styles, rhythms etc: what is popular and well known
that is what most people like and recognise so … those elelements
should be there on the right spot/time, place, instruments, etc.
Use small deviations from the standard
and well known types/[pogressions/sounds etc. to make people
interested and keep them listening.
Use the well known emotions and
functions of minor, major and other chords.
If a melody is following a well known
chord progession or you can hear the chords in the melody you will
keep the attention of the listener. If a melody is at randowm,
chaotic or with out any chord or structure the listener will stop
listening. You have to guide the listener throughout the song.
Use the massive effect of pedal tones
or long sustaining notes in the deep percussion like timpany or long
low notes on double bass with a bow.
Some notes, melodies, sounds give
emotions/feeling/thoughts/visions/etc. Use them well.
Use the effects from film music.
instrumentation/orchestration and feeling /emotion/ story should
accompany each other.