• What is a favorite line..in one of your favorite songs?

    Best answer: All I ask of you is make my wildest dreams come true
    -- "Rose Darling", Steely Dan
    Best answer: All I ask of you is make my wildest dreams come true
    -- "Rose Darling", Steely Dan
    19 answers · 4 days ago
  • Will I ever be good at guitar?

    It's now been 3 weeks since I started learning guitar. And I'm just wondering if I will ever be able to play and sing my favorite songs if I keep practicing? I can sing but playing guitar well.. it just doesn't seem to be possible for me. I may improve to the standard level but being really... show more
    It's now been 3 weeks since I started learning guitar. And I'm just wondering if I will ever be able to play and sing my favorite songs if I keep practicing? I can sing but playing guitar well.. it just doesn't seem to be possible for me. I may improve to the standard level but being really "good" is hard, I know. Should I be gifted to be good or is it matter of amount of commitment?
    9 answers · 3 days ago
  • What age can you become a songwriter??

    Best answer:   Good day, Ellie.  This is in parallel to Mamianka's response.  I began writing simple melodies and accompaniments at twelve or maybe earlier, combo arrangements at fourteen or so, and original pop music instrumentals not much later.  I write lyrics only when strongly motivated; because it does not come... show more
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    Good day, Ellie.  This is in parallel to Mamianka's response.  I began writing simple melodies and accompaniments at twelve or maybe earlier, combo arrangements at fourteen or so, and original pop music instrumentals not much later.  I write lyrics only when strongly motivated; because it does not come naturally to me; it's a chore I avoid.

    I do, however, edit others' songs occasionally, sometimes composing additional lyrics or music, or both, reordering or repurposing verses, changing chord progressions, or just making minor alterations like substituting a word or chord.

    The great division in songwriting is lyrics and music.  To write without a partner, you must learn about both.  Even with a partner, it's best to have some background in your non-primary skill.

    A song can tell a story, describe a scene or an interval in time, etc., and doing it well requires language and storytelling skills.  Even though you're obviously familiar with your native language, study it to learn grammar and variations in sentence structure.  Read good writing and study good lyrics, with the goal of seeing how the manner of expression conveys meaning or evokes emotion effectively, and how the story is made to progress.

    Obtain copies of Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" (3rd edition if possible), and Sheila Davis's "The Craft of Lyric Writing".

    Just as you study language to learn how it works, you must study music to learn how it works, and the best learning aid is a keyboard and teacher.  Be sure that the teacher understands that your intention is not to become a proficient player, but to learn the basics of music as applied to songwriting.

    Among other things, you should know the spectrum of three-note and four-note chords, learn about altered chords and the rules for naming them, common chord sequences, and chord substitution.  Study the music of existing songs, not just the types that are your principal interest, to learn what makes a good melody (phrases of connected notes, leaps higher or lower) and how the melody enhances the lyric, noting how common chord changes are used, modified, or even avoided.

    Write every day, music or lyrics alone, lyrics to your own melody, to an existing one, new music for existing lyrics.  Review music or lyrics from a few days to a week before, and make improvements (good writing is rewriting).  From time to time, assemble a complete or semi-complete song and audition it to reasonably good musicians and singers.  Accept their feedback gracefully.
    9 answers · 4 days ago
  • Who all likes the song ( I am , I Said ) by Neil Diamond?

    Best answer: I like it, one of his best, AND it's not overplayed on the radio.
    Best answer: I like it, one of his best, AND it's not overplayed on the radio.
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • Can you scratch (vinyl)?

    9 answers · 6 days ago
  • Question about guitars?

    I'd love to learn one day, buy an old and used one somewhere but the problem is I play left handed. I've never really seen guitar sheet music, and yeah yeah I know sheet music is all the same, but playing chords and stuff. Pretend you press down the first and third string if you play right handed, is it... show more
    I'd love to learn one day, buy an old and used one somewhere but the problem is I play left handed. I've never really seen guitar sheet music, and yeah yeah I know sheet music is all the same, but playing chords and stuff. Pretend you press down the first and third string if you play right handed, is it the same on the left? Are they strung differently for that reason so that lefties don't play everything upside down?
    6 answers · 5 days ago
  • How do I form a band (4 piece)?

    I'm approaching a problem in my journey to be a musician. I write and record every part of every song I create, but I don't have/know enough people who can be session/live musicians for/with me to play them. My greatest quality is, by far, my songwriting. I can sing and play rhythm and I have a potential... show more
    I'm approaching a problem in my journey to be a musician. I write and record every part of every song I create, but I don't have/know enough people who can be session/live musicians for/with me to play them. My greatest quality is, by far, my songwriting. I can sing and play rhythm and I have a potential drummer who's a good friend of mine, but I still need a bassis and lead guitarist, one of which needs to do mainly falsetto/alto backup vocals. The most important part is that I am the creator, the songs are the way they are, I need people who just want to PLAY something, with maybe a cover or 2 of their choice. Now here's where I might have an alternative option to a band right off the bat: I wrote these songs specifically so they'd still sound great with just me on vocals and guitar. So my question is either: with all this info in mind, how would I go about recruiting a couple band members who can play some easy material... OR would it save me time and energy to start as a solo/duo act?
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • Do you take your instrument with you to music school or should they have the instruments?

    Best answer: That depends on what you play.
    Piano, harpsichord, virginal and organ they should have if they teach it.
    Just about everything else you bring.
    Best answer: That depends on what you play.
    Piano, harpsichord, virginal and organ they should have if they teach it.
    Just about everything else you bring.
    4 answers · 3 days ago
  • How much am I supposed to practice the violin every day?

    I've been going to violin class for almost a year now and I have class once a week. The song I'm supposed to learn is 1 page long and I've learned most of it, but I'm not smooth when I play it. I practice at least an hour a day but I was wondering if it's too little or not. I always know the... show more
    I've been going to violin class for almost a year now and I have class once a week. The song I'm supposed to learn is 1 page long and I've learned most of it, but I'm not smooth when I play it. I practice at least an hour a day but I was wondering if it's too little or not. I always know the song before the day of the class.
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • Who all likes the song ( Heaven ) by Bryan Adams?

    Best answer: its an amazing song with superb lyrics, great composition by bryan Adams he rocks
    Best answer: its an amazing song with superb lyrics, great composition by bryan Adams he rocks
    8 answers · 6 days ago
  • What scale is my song in?

    I am a producer and I am writing a song in F minor. However, the other day I accidentally pressed a D note instrad of a D# and it sounded good. I am also using every other note in the f minor scale throughout my melody. I am confused. is it possible for me to write in f minor but still use a D note along with a... show more
    I am a producer and I am writing a song in F minor. However, the other day I accidentally pressed a D note instrad of a D# and it sounded good. I am also using every other note in the f minor scale throughout my melody. I am confused. is it possible for me to write in f minor but still use a D note along with a all of the other notes or am I writing in some crazy scale ive never heard of?
    7 answers · 6 days ago
  • Do you like different songs at different times of day/year?

    I woke you fairly recently and crave a morning song.
    I woke you fairly recently and crave a morning song.
    6 answers · 5 days ago
  • How to learn piano by ear?

    Hey! I'm trying to learn this song on piano but I can't read sheet music. Any tips? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0GTZWJz...
    Hey! I'm trying to learn this song on piano but I can't read sheet music. Any tips? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0GTZWJz...
    4 answers · 4 days ago
  • Good Starter Electric Guitar kit.?

    Best answer: Electrics are basically 2 bits, the guitar and the amp. The combination makes the sound. Go to a shop and let them help you. I usually recommend a PRS SE model if you're buying new. Or an American Strat if you're buying used. You can't really go wrong with either one. Just make sure with the strat... show more
    Best answer: Electrics are basically 2 bits, the guitar and the amp. The combination makes the sound. Go to a shop and let them help you. I usually recommend a PRS SE model if you're buying new. Or an American Strat if you're buying used. You can't really go wrong with either one. Just make sure with the strat that you get someone knowledgeable to check it out as there's fraudsters out there.

    As for Amps, it's kind of up to what kind of music you want to do. I do lots of jazz and folk, so have a Jazz Chorus Amp that's got a great clean sound. Rock and blues guys tend to go for the Fenders Deluxe Reverb, but there are lots of cheaper models that emulate them. To start off with, might be best to go with a Roland or Fender in your price range. Haven't had good luck with Peavey, so I'd personally stay away from them, although that's what most of the guys 20 years ago were playing. A Marshall Stack is always a dream, but again, they might have some entry level ones that sound good.

    You just need to go test them out.
    4 answers · 4 days ago