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post Sep 3 2011, 02:41 AM
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I know no one makes music the same, but I'm just curious as to the generic stucture to creating a song. How to pick progressions and apply modes/scales to create medlodys etc. smile.gif
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post Sep 3 2011, 10:16 AM
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What chords do you know mate? In general, it would be good to understand what chords are, and how many are there in the major key. There are only 7 chords in one major key. Since the classical music, I think all progressions have already being played.

The simplest way to learn to write songs is to start writing and analyze the songs of as many bands as you can. Start from Beatles, and go up, check out some jazz standards, and classical music. All those chords were already written, so you won't really invent anything new, but you can create different "package" or "style" that will be appreciated. By learning from legends, it will be much easier for you to boost your creativity.

It would be good to investigate harmony a bit too. It deals with rules of chord progressions.

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post Sep 3 2011, 11:06 PM
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The easiest way is to come up with a nice catchy melody, and after that build the harmony around it.That's my approach, mainly !

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post Sep 7 2011, 05:39 PM
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It's a good thing to throw yourself out there so to speak, and be ready to modify and change things, that is key,

just lay down whatever you think sounds right and then be ready to change it. I know, it's not a walk in the park

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post Sep 7 2011, 05:53 PM
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As Ivan said, doing some analysis of music is the key to start composing. At first you could start just doing variations of the songs that you like as an exercise for composing. Then you'll start to create your own original tunes. As everything it's a matter of practice. Creativity is something that can be trained and the tools for creating songs can be find in lots of albums out there.

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post Sep 8 2011, 09:13 AM
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If you want to learn how to hone the harmonic weaponry out there smile.gif as Ivan and Gabe suggested, try to make a selection of the catchiest songs you know (the style does not matter!) and see what harmonic progressions were used/ what themes were played on top of these progressions (in order to see how the composer has created the harmony-melody relationship - meaning what notes he used to come up with a suitable theme over the used chords)

you'll see a lot of patterns and recipes smile.gif so start exploring! wink.gif

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