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post May 15 2008, 09:32 PM
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This is not a new idea, but I haven't seen anything on it, so... You've probably read or heard many times how a musician has an idea pop into his or her head, and they whip out a pen and paper and write the idea down, right? Well, there are those of us who are illiterate, musically, so these ideas come and go, and are forgotten. It occured to me years ago to buy a small recorder of some kind, and just 'hum' the idea into it. It has worked for me many times before! Not only can you record ideas this way, but you can 'hum' the passage, then slow yourself down to get a grasp on it. I forgot that I used to do that, I'm heading out to buy a recorder tomorrow! After I get over laughing at myself for how out of key I am, I get to work on the basic idea I've come up with. Of course, you can make notes to yourself as to what place the idea fits, what speed, etc. I hope this helps some of you who I'm sure come up with great ideas, only to not be near your instrument in order to memorize them.
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post May 15 2008, 09:37 PM
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QUOTE (FrankW @ May 15 2008, 10:32 PM) *
This is not a new idea, but I haven't seen anything on it, so... You've probably read or heard many times how a musician has an idea pop into his or her head, and they whip out a pen and paper and write the idea down, right? Well, there are those of us who are illiterate, musically, so these ideas come and go, and are forgotten. It occured to me years ago to buy a small recorder of some kind, and just 'hum' the idea into it. It has worked for me many times before! Not only can you record ideas this way, but you can 'hum' the passage, then slow yourself down to get a grasp on it. I forgot that I used to do that, I'm heading out to buy a recorder tomorrow! After I get over laughing at myself for how out of key I am, I get to work on the basic idea I've come up with. Of course, you can make notes to yourself as to what place the idea fits, what speed, etc. I hope this helps some of you who I'm sure come up with great ideas, only to not be near your instrument in order to memorize them.


I always wish I could do that, but ussually I only get ideas when I'm riding the bus or at a public place, so it's preety emberacing for me to suddenly pop out a record and record myself hum a melody tongue.gif but if you can do it, than it's probably the best way to write music smile.gif


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post May 15 2008, 09:42 PM
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QUOTE (Iluha @ May 15 2008, 09:37 PM) *
I always wish I could do that, but ussually I only get ideas when I'm riding the bus or at a public place, so it's preety emberacing for me to suddenly pop out a record and record myself hum a melody tongue.gif but if you can do it, than it's probably the best way to write music smile.gif

These days, with everybody yakking on a cell phone, it's relatively easy to pull off. Everyone will think you're just singing to your girlfriend!
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post May 15 2008, 09:44 PM
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QUOTE (FrankW @ May 15 2008, 10:42 PM) *
These days, with everybody yakking on a cell phone, it's relatively easy to pull off. Everyone will think you're just singing to your girlfriend!

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post May 15 2008, 09:50 PM
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QUOTE (Iluha @ May 15 2008, 09:44 PM) *
Not here! laugh.gif

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post May 15 2008, 09:52 PM
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Thats a great way to capture ideas !! And I'm sure much more ideas pop up when you are not at home or with guitar smile.gif
You can go anywhere to get inspiration and than just "sing it to the recorder" smile.gif


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post May 15 2008, 09:55 PM
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Nice idea, I like singing my ideas when I have the microphone and computer nearby (at home) biggrin.gif


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post May 16 2008, 05:56 PM
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Hahaha, I have been doing this for some time! You must capture those ideas immediately when you have inspiration for them. Most of the time if I wait to get home to my guitar, the mood is already gone.


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