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Old 04-08-2012, 01:41 AM
Jahan Honma Jahan Honma is offline
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Lyrics first or music first?

When you write a song, do you write lyrics or music first or both at the same time?

In general I tend to go music first which I think is the more popular method.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:54 PM
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When you write a song, do you write lyrics or music first or both at the same time?

In general I tend to go music first which I think is the more popular method.

i would do music first that way youll know what spots need words and what spot the guitair talks for the song through you
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:52 PM
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It depends on which inspiration comes to you first, whether it is a lyrical idea or a musical idea. It is a good idea to start working on both through the creative process.
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:58 PM
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I usually have music parts first. I have lots of lyrics that ive been writing down for years but its mostly a brainstorming thing for an actual finished song lyric. When i get a good guitar part usually lyrics just come to me and then i build on them. I find its easier to write lyrics to fit certain progression than it is to write music to fit lyrics.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:29 PM
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..an example is a song that I've been working up recently....

It started with the words but the words came with a melody in my head so I was able to bang out the laid back bluesy riff that came with it. However, that was the chorus. The verse seemed (seems) to have a rhythm before I have real words but I have a sense of the vocal melody.

Since I've really just started recording in ernest, I'll see how it all pans out (much less my singing...).

Lyrics without a sense of melody, I think, are hard to work with.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:04 AM
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If you're creating lyrics to go with lyrics and melody written by someone else, be careful as this can be a difficult and frustrating process. I work with a singer/songwriter and often I have to come up with chords for her melody and often what I give does not fit the sound she has in her head so the process can take a while. Its best to be patient and give time for bonds to develop between yourself and fellow musicians.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:03 AM
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When you write a song, do you write lyrics or music first or both at the same time?

In general I tend to go music first which I think is the more popular method.


hey man,

you can do it like you want and feel! you can either:

1. start with the music
2. start with lyrics

or my favourite one

3. do it all at once!

so maybe you come up with a few words, then find one or two chords who fit for it and a little piece of melodie, then maybe you find another chord of just repeat the first one and then continue the melodie etc.

But first of all be patient with yourself! You will do it if you put the time in it!
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