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Gabriel Leopardi
post Aug 15 2012, 04:46 PM
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Hi guys! In this post I would like to share some tips that helped me and could really help you to compose killer songs. The tips will be shared weekly. I hope that you enjoy it. smile.gif

Tip 1. Listening & Analisys

LISTEN to a lot of music, not only the style that you want to play or compose, you have to listen to varied music. Some of the most original music appeared thanks to the combination of elements from different styles. It helps even more if you do a good analisys of the songs.
ANALIZE the structure, the progressions,the sound textures (tone, fxs, arrangements). Try to analize at least one song per day and write down the analisys in a notebook to be able to compare, find similarities and differences between the songs. Finally, if you are listening to the radio or watching tv, use your guitar to follow the songs and learn the progressions.

All these things will help you to understand more the music that you hear and to be more creative.
CREATIVITY IS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE TRAINED!



Tip 2. Always be ready to record

You have to always be ready to record an idea. No matter where you are, THE GREAT IDEAS CAN COME WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT THEM. You could be in bed, in the supermarket, at work, in the bathroom... You have to be able to record any MELODY, RIFF or GROOVE that comes to your mind BEFORE YOU FORGET IT!

So what you need to have is something SIMPLE AND PORTABLE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO RECORD AUDIO. You can record the idea with your voice, hands or even knocking a door with a ruler (when the idea is a rhythm or groove). There are many portable recorders but also there are many cellphones that can record audio. I personally use my cellphone for this, but I know many other more sophisticated systems for this.

Later, when you have some time you can sit in front of the computer and continue the idea using any multitrack software. The same goes for LYRICS, you always need to have something to write phrases or even words down when they appear.

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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 15 2012, 05:46 PM) *
Hi guys! In this post I would like to share some tips that helped me and could really help you to compose killer songs. The tips will be shared weekly. I hope that you enjoy it. smile.gif

Tip 1. Listening & Analisys

LISTEN to a lot of music, not only the style that you want to play or compose, you have to listen to varied music. Some of the most original music appeared thanks to the combination of elements from different styles. It helps even more if you do a good analisys of the songs.
ANALIZE the structure, the progressions,the sound textures (tone, fxs, arrangements). Try to analize at least one song per day and write down the analisys in a notebook to be able to compare, find similarities and differences between the songs. Finally, if you are listening to the radio or watching tv, use your guitar to follow the songs and learn the progressions.

All these things will help you to understand more the music that you hear and to be more creative.
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QUOTE (superize @ Aug 15 2012, 04:19 PM) *
Great tips Gabe


Thanks mate! I will add a new one the next week! wink.gif


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great idea for a topic Gab. Ive been working on a few of my own riffs quite a lot recently and it will be really cool to get some tips on how you go about the whole process.


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This is awesome. Just today I was coming up with a riff and ideas and this will help me a lot smile.gif Thanks Gabriel!


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I agree great topic. Looking forward to more.


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QUOTE (bleez @ Aug 15 2012, 07:16 PM) *
great idea for a topic Gab. Ive been working on a few of my own riffs quite a lot recently and it will be really cool to get some tips on how you go about the whole process.


That sounds great mate! Feel free to post ideas here to show us your progress and also to let us give some feedback! smile.gif


QUOTE (Grace @ Aug 15 2012, 10:08 PM) *
This is awesome. Just today I was coming up with a riff and ideas and this will help me a lot smile.gif Thanks Gabriel!


Cool Grace! You can post some ideas here if you want to share with us your progress! smile.gif


QUOTE (vonhotch @ Aug 15 2012, 10:15 PM) *
I agree great topic. Looking forward to more.


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Great stuff! I'll be checking weekly. smile.gif

I keep saying it but I really need to start writing more of my own music. I will use the ideas here to help.




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QUOTE (DeGroot @ Aug 16 2012, 02:39 PM) *
Great stuff! I'll be checking weekly. smile.gif

I keep saying it but I really need to start writing more of my own music. I will use the ideas here to help.



Great! Let's start mate! smile.gif


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QUOTE (Bas Cuthach @ Aug 17 2012, 11:31 AM) *


Nice video mate. I'll be doing something similar today at the Vchat session! smile.gif


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any tips for developing the vocal melody over your riffs?


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QUOTE (bleez @ Aug 30 2012, 04:57 AM) *
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There are some tips about it coming! wink.gif

Hey guys! the second tip is now published!


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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Aug 30 2012, 02:19 PM) *
There are some tips about it coming! wink.gif

Hey guys! the second tip is now published!


Hey good tips #2 is GREAT.

Some of my best ideas ever were in a dream or during that falling asleep/waking up trancy state.
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QUOTE (Maddnotez @ Jan 31 2013, 02:36 AM) *
Hey good tips #2 is GREAT.

Some of my best ideas ever were in a dream or during that falling asleep/waking up trancy state.


yes! the ideas appear when you less expect them! You always need to be able to record at least with your voice.


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