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Has anyone written their own songs?
10 May 2014
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I've written several, though most of what is online are from my mostly instrumental side project, and I'm a little embarrassed by it because the music wasn't very good. 

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10 May 2014
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I've written my first 15 songs or so in an approximately 9 month period but haven't recorded one. For at least half of them I have some music in mind, but only three of them have a defined music, tempo, lyrics and possible instrumentation. What keeps me back of recording them, is authenticity of the instruments (I can only play the piano/keyboard properly, so I don't feel I'm being authentic if I record all the instruments via keyboard instead by the actual instruments).
Last night, I just recorded a demo backing track for the first song I want to record, ''If I'm Gone''. The inspiration for this one came from a song by Ashley Eriksson's called ''Island Song''. I want to finish it before my birthday (which is in 9 days). Another song is ''Beautiful'' whose music inspiration comes from ''Dear Prudence'' and lyrics inspiration are from a girl friend of mine that commented that she didn't believed she was beautiful. I want to give her this song for her birthday (In 13 days).

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10 May 2014
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I've written quite a few songs in terms of the music, lyrics I'm not as good at. I'm a really happy person, but all my lyrics are angry sounding. I find it hard to write happy words and refuse to write about love as it's cliched, but maybe if I tried that I'd have some good words! Musically though I've written a few good songs.

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10 May 2014
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I can only write about love. Yes, even the glasses song is about love.

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10 May 2014
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I negated myself of write love songs because I don't have a girlfriend/wife, but if I have one, I'll surely write lots of them.

Mr. Kite, I'll recommend you to record the songs with whatever lyrics and music you have created. Only be sure to not be plagiarizing something. I am insecure too of my songs music and lyrics, but I think of John Lennon too, who had certain doubts in some of his songs (like ''Yes It Is''), and go for them. Express what you want in your songs.

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10 May 2014
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If you need the inspiration just look around you you could make a song about anything or everything or even a song about nothing! let the things be the song thing

 

The only songs I came up with are instrumentals and not very good or complete 

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10 May 2014
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Annadog40 said

If you need the inspiration just look around you you could make a song about anything or everything or even a song about nothing! let the things be the song thing

 

The only songs I came up with are instrumentals and not very good or complete 

You should post at least one of your instrumentals over here. Maybe they aren't bad. Like I said above, I think of John Lennon and his insecurity for his songs, and go for them.
I do have an instrumental too, but I only have it written down on Musescore.

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10 May 2014
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TheOneBeatleManiac said

Annadog40 said

If you need the inspiration just look around you you could make a song about anything or everything or even a song about nothing! let the things be the song thing

 

The only songs I came up with are instrumentals and not very good or complete 

You should post at least one of your instrumentals over here. Maybe they aren't bad. Like I said above, I think of John Lennon and his insecurity for his songs, and go for them.
I do have an instrumental too, but I only have it written down on Musescore.

OK I have transfured a song onto noteflight enjoy maybe my hot new single Copy of Copy of Copy of Candle one

 

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11 May 2014
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Well I figured out my computer's sound recorder -- but now the problem is that my voice didn't come out too well -- a bit flat and too soft (exacerbated by a crappy mic).  If I can record the song better, I'll post it some time.

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11 May 2014
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Annadog, your melody has a medieval ring to it.  I could hear it done with a recorder and maybe a lute strumming in the background.

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11 May 2014
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Annadog40 said

OK I have transfured a song onto noteflight enjoy maybe my hot new single Copy of Copy of Copy of Candle one

 

Anna, that short instrumental does have something. Maybe following what Funny Paper said, you can develop it even further a-hard-days-night-george-10

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11 May 2014
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Actually I'm fairly bad at writing lyrics, but I can really churn out bass riffs. For my school we're supposed to do a creative thing in relationship to our novel study, and me and some of my friends are making a rock opera version of the book. Sadly, my friends are both fairly hapless musically, and since I can't really play guitar we're kinda not very good. Anyway, I figured out a simple chord progression and instrumental break (along with a bass line) for a song my friend wrote lyrics to and it sounds pretty good. 1 down, a bunch more to go though. It's funny though, because one of my riffs I'd come up with I was planning to write a song around, but when I was screwing around with it I discovered it works really well as a lead guitar part on the song I already had. I'm thinking that I might use that riff as a transition so I can still base a song around it.

EDIT: As already noted, whenever I come up with a riff I'm terrified it's already been made and someone'll say I plagiarized.

EDIT THE SECOND: Just saw the OP. Glasses?a-hard-days-night-george-10Maybe I should write one called "Blue Dresses"

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@Annadog40 I like it! I definitely see what Funny Paper is saying about it sounding midieval. The only think I think doesn't fit, if you want my input, is that second to last quarter-not. I think it messes with the flow of it, it goes to deep. If you got rid of that it'd be perfect when more developed.

@TheOneBeatleManiac I might try and get something together, if I could just write a good song for the good music Ive written Ill be fine. As for the plagiarism, I can play stuff by ear, so that's a good thing, but because of that sometimes I start with a few chords and it turns into a progression from a song I like because I feel like its supposed to sound a certain way because I've already heard it. I always realize it though so plagiarism is no problem just lyrics.

@Funny Paper I hope you get all your issues sorted out. Looking forward to hearing something!

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@IveJustSeenAFaceo @MrMoonlight If that's how you guys write songs, my problem is that there's no problem to have… Ill write a song called For No One… Yes! That sounds good!

Maybe a little familiar though…a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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@TheOneBeatleManiac I might try and get something together, if I could just write a good song for the good music Ive written Ill be fine. As for the plagiarism, I can play stuff by ear, so that's a good thing, but because of that sometimes I start with a few chords and it turns into a progression from a song I like because I feel like its supposed to sound a certain way because I've already heard it. I always realize it though so plagiarism is no problem just lyrics.

The first song I have been fooling to record ''If I'm Gone'' has a lot of similitude in the music and vocal phrasing versus its inspiration ''Island Song'' by Ashley Eriksson. That's how I created some of the music for my first songs: they're either in the same key or have a similar chord progression but never both things together because that'll be a total plagiarism.
Still, what keeps me from recording it, it's that I don't play other instruments that I plan to record into the song very well. The only ways I can think of, are playing them all via keyboard or recording bit by bit and mix them for a complete performance, but I feel that neither way are pretty authentic.

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11 May 2014
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TheOneBeatleManiac said

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@TheOneBeatleManiac I might try and get something together, if I could just write a good song for the good music Ive written Ill be fine. As for the plagiarism, I can play stuff by ear, so that's a good thing, but because of that sometimes I start with a few chords and it turns into a progression from a song I like because I feel like its supposed to sound a certain way because I've already heard it. I always realize it though so plagiarism is no problem just lyrics.

The first song I have been fooling to record ''If I'm Gone'' has a lot of similitude in the music and vocal phrasing versus its inspiration ''Island Song'' by Ashley Eriksson. That's how I created some of the music for my first songs: they're either in the same key or have a similar chord progression but never both things together because that'll be a total plagiarism.
Still, what keeps me from recording it, it's that I don't play other instruments that I plan to record into the song very well. The only ways I can think of, are playing them all via keyboard or recording bit by bit and mix them for a complete performance, but I feel that neither way are pretty authentic.

Using songs as inspiration is okay, as long as its not downright copying. Look at You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, that's Dylan-inspired, even similar beginning lyrics to a Dylan song, but very different.
That's my problem too, I don't have access to all the instruments I want to use, most importantly bass and drums. I can record the bass using my guitar and lowering it an octave in audacity, but drums the only option is a keyboard which just doesn't feel authentic to me.

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11 May 2014
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Mr. Kite said
Using songs as inspiration is okay, as long as its not downright copying. Look at You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, that's Dylan-inspired, even similar beginning lyrics to a Dylan song, but very different.
That's my problem too, I don't have access to all the instruments I want to use, most importantly bass and drums. I can record the bass using my guitar and lowering it an octave in audacity, but drums the only option is a keyboard which just doesn't feel authentic to me.

I do have access to them but I don't play them that well; the only options for me using authentic instruments at the moment, are going for either a:
- Beatles approach: mix several takes to create a seemingly single performance (Happiness Is A Warm Gun is a great example as the final song is a combination of two takes: Take 53 for the first half, Take 65 for the second half) or a
- Queen approach: record chord by chord/beat by beat/note by note and mix them for a seemingly single performance (Love Of My Life is the example here; Brian May played harp (which he didn't knew how to play it), recording several tracks playing chord by chord and mix them together).

If I went for authentic instruments I might record guitar and bass with the Queen approach as I am just learning to play guitar but I don't play bass at all, and drums with the Beatles approach as I can play them but I tend to go out of time, or don't hit a certain drum part.

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11 May 2014
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My only problem is access in that regard. I don't have a drumset at all except for a Junior model that's been drummed to death. I also don't have a keyboard, just a piano. And finally, I don't have an electric guitar, which really sucks because I want to record some hard rock stuff. Oh, and I can only barely handle those three instruments.

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11 May 2014
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TheOneBeatleManiac said
I negated myself of write love songs because I don't have a girlfriend/wife, but if I have one, I'll surely write lots of them.

Mr. Kite, I'll recommend you to record the songs with whatever lyrics and music you have created. Only be sure to not be plagiarizing something. I am insecure too of my songs music and lyrics, but I think of John Lennon too, who had certain doubts in some of his songs (like ''Yes It Is''), and go for them. Express what you want in your songs.

I don't write love songs because so many great ones have been written before that I'm a little intimidated.

Also, I'm not in a relationship and not interested in anyone.

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Necko said

I don't write love songs because so many great ones have been written before that I'm a little intimidated.

Also, I'm not in a relationship and not interested in anyone.

Don't be intimidated. Love songs are great when you have someone to dedicate them, and not all of them have to be for your partner.

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