View Full Version : musicians - a question on song writing
05-02-2009, 02:26 AM
this has been bugging me a lot lately
i get lines, progressions and even entire songs in my head.
The problem comes when trying to pen the song down. the minute i start writing a section of a song, i'll usually forget the rest of it - especially if i get bogged down on writing something
any advice on getting songs out of the old noggin faster and down onto paper?
05-02-2009, 02:30 AM
Carry a notebook around. Write down what you hear. Works for me. :smallconfused:
Well... I don't actually use a notebook. Usually just my arm. :smalltongue:
05-02-2009, 02:49 AM
I thoroughly work it into my head before attempting to write it down. Essentially, get it stuck in your head; you won't forget it before you're done writing.
Sometimes I'll wander around the city late at night with my guitar. There is really no one around and that seems to be when inspiration hits me most. I also have a digital sound recorder I carry with me that I hum a tune, or sing a melody into that strikes me.
05-02-2009, 03:45 AM
pocket tape recorder
05-02-2009, 09:04 AM
This applies to things other than music, but I take a lot of notes. I frequently come up with RPG plots that will be forgotten if I don't write them down immediately.
05-02-2009, 09:48 AM
Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
05-02-2009, 10:20 AM
The easiest way is to record it, as everyone else says.
05-02-2009, 10:54 PM
the problem for me lies in that i'll get a tune in my head, and when i sit down to work it out on guitar i forget most of it, usually because i'll take a while to get something sounding right... so recording it isn't really an option (although maybe humming to a dictaphone may work)
i'll try out some things suggested... but any other ideas, please feel free to chuck them at me :)
05-02-2009, 10:58 PM
I think that you should create a mental key for yourself. I used to have that problem, so I started associating colors with notes. Now I just write down a sequence of colors and symbols for rhythm when I need too. Much easier to remember.
Then again, I can memorize anything the moment I hear it and have perfect pitch, so yeah. :\ I'm an idiot savant: bad at almost everything except music.
05-03-2009, 12:04 AM
I carry a notebook with me. Very useful.
05-03-2009, 07:47 AM
My biggest problem is that all of my inspiration comes right before I go to sleep, so I'm too lazy to find a pad of paper.
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