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  • #1959

    Matthew Wheavil songwriting journal

  • #2086

    Matthew Wheavil
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    Changing KEY

    Working Example: (Changing from Key of G to D)
    Bm, Em, C, Am
    Bm, Em, C, A,
    Bm, G, D, A

    1. G, Am, Em, C ~ Have melody for this but difficult to match it to next part

    G Am, Em, C
    The wilting flower, slowly grows again
    The cloudy skies, are looking brighter now
    Stormy seas, are calming to a breeze

    Sounds Like it works (Changing from Key of C to F)

    2. C, Dm, Am, F <Thought this was a change of key from 1. then realised G & C share these chords…
    3. C, Dm Am, G
    4. Bb, Am, Dm, C <Switches from V chord of C to I chord of F

    (Switching from V chord to I chord of next key?)

  • #2088

    Matthew Wheavil
    Participant

    1st song I ever wrote appears to have a key change ( A to C ? ) – Not sure why it works:

    1. Bm, E, A

    2. Bm, A, E, F#m, A, D

    3. Dm, C, Am, G

    4. Am, G, C, F

    5. F#m, D, A, E

    – 17 year old Matt is smarter than 30 year old Matt πŸ˜‰

  • #2091

    HI Matt,

    good work entering this. Do you use dropbox? A short recording is always good too.
    You’re correct that part 1 above and part 2 could both be in C. Don’t worry if the first attempt at transitioning doesn’t sound great – doing this activity multiple times is what will generate sufficient material for you to pull out progressions and transitions you really like.

  • #2162

    Matthew Wheavil
    Participant

    Tried doing rhythm by counting

    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1

    Came up with this idea: https://vocaroo.com/i/s0QXInv5NOUq

    And tried a vocal too (lyrics made up on the spot): https://vocaroo.com/i/s0A3Eoo9b8LQ

  • #2181

    Matthew Wheavil
    Participant

    Actually came up with an idea for a Gravedigger song:

    https://vocaroo.com/i/s1yZHHz8z4ri

    The melody came to me in the shower and then I recorded a meek version on my phone while walking down the street, and just now tried putting it to guitar.

    Here’s Duke Special’s Grave Digging song which is pretty epic:

  • #2195

    Matthew Wheavil
    Participant

    https://vocaroo.com/i/s1oZ3PCLsSfN

    Changed key for gravedigger and def sounds better – could be some potential in this. And that verse is a melodic motif I think – if simple

  • #2197

    Matthew Wheavil
    Participant

    Here’s a song I wrote with a band when I was a teenager – I can’t remember all the lyrics, hence repetition. But always thought this has great melodic potential. Particularly the outro. It’s emo but whatevs

    https://vocaroo.com/i/s1rQ48VIQxCh

  • #2219

    Good to be gathering your thoughts. The evolution of gravedigger is exactly the kind of thing you want to be trying out.

  • #2229

    Matthew Wheavil
    Participant

    So this is an old tune that I just sang over a d chord – like so

    https://vocaroo.com/i/s0rpVK4608PV

    I tried varying the chords following the 3rd and 5th of D (so A and Bm) and this was the result:

    https://vocaroo.com/i/s1O21kD9IrJS

    Think D, Bm, G, A also works and it is interesting how it gives the melody a different feel – more of a tone of acceptance perhaps?

  • #2230

    Matthew Wheavil
    Participant

    Here is a version with a G chord in it – though I think I changed up the rhythm and melody a bit too

    https://vocaroo.com/i/s0dzi2oFtKJT

  • #2245

    HI Matt,
    good to see you have been experimenting with this. How many different versions can you create? sometimes using the same chords but changing more frequently is very effective, especially if we’ve heard it another way first.

  • #2249

    Matthew Wheavil
    Participant

    Airport

    Waiting
    Plane
    Sky
    Clouds
    People
    Holiday
    Travel
    Family
    Home
    Hope
    Fear
    Love
    Flying
    Beautiful day
    Walk on
    All that you can’t leave behind
    Suitcase
    Luggage
    Heart
    Delays
    Easyjet
    Terrorism
    Security
    Departure
    Arrival
    Memories
    Missed opportunities
    Random meetings
    Magazines
    Distractions
    Connections
    Distance
    Wheels
    Landing
    Fuelling
    Friends
    Countries
    Ryanair
    British airways
    Travel insurance
    Conveyor belt
    Parking
    Charges
    Duty free
    WH smith
    Books
    Newspapers
    Strangers
    Unknown
    Familiarity
    Faith
    Miracle
    Patience
    Impatience
    Wings
    Cabin crew
    Parachute
    Life jackets
    Stowed
    Brace position
    Seat belts
    Prepare for landing
    Take off
    Time zones
    Crap food
    Limbo
    Cities
    Languages
    Accents
    Guides
    Lost and found
    Passport
    Tickets
    Identity
    Nations
    Diversity
    Decisions
    Choices
    Directions
    Beliefs
    9/11
    Exaggeration
    Safety
    Propelling
    Lifting
    Seats
    Shops
    Toblerone
    Tayto crisps

  • #2250

    Matthew Wheavil
    Participant

    Right after doing this exercise I was like “Right, let’s write a song about an airport” and this is what I came up with in less than an hour:

    https://vocaroo.com/i/s1Klsi5kG6V0

    Not bad at all!

  • #2252

    Hi Matt,

    Glad to see you making use of this technique and getting results with it.

  • #2255

    Liou Bian
    Participant

    those lyrics were really cool Matt!!!! πŸ˜€ looking forward to more of these

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