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Kristofer Dahl
post May 11 2011, 09:49 AM
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Sometimes it's worth taking a look back on a tune you wrote before. Have you ever gone back, revised an old song and made great improvements upon it? Why do you think you were successful? What new perspective did you have?

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post May 11 2011, 10:12 AM
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Most certainly!

Sometimes, as a creator, you tend to get too much into what you're doing and suddenly you're not able to see the big picture and get stuck.

It is best to leave that song aside and work on something else. In the mean time, you'll hear things, meet people and listen to all sorts of music, which eventually will trigger that idea which you were lacking in order to go on with the song you were stuck with.

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Ben Higgins
post May 11 2011, 11:13 AM
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Good questions and good points also from Cosmin smile.gif Pulling away and seeing the bigger picture is a must for any musician.

In my experience I've mostly altered the arrangement of a song... sometimes it happened a few years after it was written. I usually did it if I felt a chord change or something was lazy and uninspired.

A lot of the time we write stuff on autopilot because we forget to pull ourselves away and look at the big picture.. so sometimes this time away from a song can help us hear what sounds naive or awkward, and inspires us to change it. smile.gif

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Bogdan Radovic
post May 15 2011, 02:12 AM
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I did this many times. Sometimes songs took years to write the final version. Time give a good perspective on things.
Sometimes initial ideas are good sometimes there are lots of changes being made to the song.
I like the feeling when I go back to listen to the old material/songs and feel how cool and fresh they still sound! smile.gif))
Than I know I did it right.

Overall, once I finish a song I have a practice of letting it on a side for a month and then listening to it with "new" ears to see if I want to make any changes.

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