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September 26, 2017 at 2:34 pm #1959
Matthew Wheavil songwriting journal
October 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm #2086AnonymousInactive
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?)
October 9, 2017 at 8:13 pm #2088AnonymousInactive
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 😉
October 10, 2017 at 9:13 am #2091
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.
October 15, 2017 at 5:20 pm #2162AnonymousInactive
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
November 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm #2181AnonymousInactive
Actually came up with an idea for a Gravedigger song:
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:
November 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm #2195AnonymousInactive
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
November 6, 2017 at 6:39 pm #2197AnonymousInactive
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
November 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm #2219
Good to be gathering your thoughts. The evolution of gravedigger is exactly the kind of thing you want to be trying out.
November 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm #2229AnonymousInactive
So this is an old tune that I just sang over a d chord – like so
I tried varying the chords following the 3rd and 5th of D (so A and Bm) and this was the result:
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?
November 11, 2017 at 7:48 pm #2230AnonymousInactive
Here is a version with a G chord in it – though I think I changed up the rhythm and melody a bit too
November 14, 2017 at 5:15 pm #2245
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.
November 16, 2017 at 9:02 pm #2249AnonymousInactive
All that you can’t leave behind
Prepare for landing
Lost and found
November 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm #2250AnonymousInactive
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:
Not bad at all!
November 16, 2017 at 11:07 pm #2252
Glad to see you making use of this technique and getting results with it.
November 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm #2255AnonymousInactive
those lyrics were really cool Matt!!!! 😀 looking forward to more of these
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