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      Matthew Wheavil songwriting journal

    • #2086
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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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
      Anonymous
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      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
      Anonymous
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      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
      Anonymous
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      those lyrics were really cool Matt!!!! πŸ˜€ looking forward to more of these

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