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7 years ago
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I figured since Tabber Dude started a forum for 'Tips For Tabbers' I'd start my own called Tips For Songwriters seeing as I am one myself and I know that some people have trouble with it. I will do my best to answer all questions as well as posting tips.
Tip #1:
Write your thoughts as they really are.
If your'e thinking 'fuck the world' then write fuck the world.
don't change it so that it's accepted more in literary terms. because people don't think 'the world is bad' when theyr'e pissed off, they think 'fuck the world.'
and odds are that what you think is the same as what someone else thinks, so when you write your thoughts as they are then more people can relate to it and the popularity of your song goes through the roof.

 
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7 years ago
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tip #2:
expand your mind to all possibilities, and really listen to your favorite band(s), because if they sound a little bit like someone not so current, then odds are they were influenced by that artist in some way. If you are going through something or are just really ticked off and don't know what to do, put it into a song, because the outcome could be amazing.

 
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7 years ago
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musicislove
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read; read read read read.
you can get alot from reading anything. alot of thoughts and ideas, check it out;
"im a prisoner of hope in this castle of doom"
i got the idea for that last summer when i read Dracula.
even if your not a christian check out some stuff in the bible, lots of musicians do.
the song 'beast and the harlot' by avenged sevenfold is based off of Revelation chapters 13-19. its the last book in the new testament; don't believe me? look up those chapters and then compare them to the lyrics. cool stuff.

 
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7 years ago
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tabber dude


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this is all really good stuff, keep it up
 
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7 years ago
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steph


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Another tip for writing lyrics..

My favorite songs always seem to have double or more meanings in the lyrics. Or when an artist allows ppl to infer their own meaning from the lyrics, it can be much more powerful and meaningful, cause ppl take away what they want from the words.

 
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7 years ago
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musicislove
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Yup that's true. So it's great to write stuff that's meaningful to you but is kinda neutral to anyone who might hear it.
 
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7 years ago
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Tip #4:
Keep a journal or diary. I have a hardcover diary that I write all of my songs in. And if I dont have it with me and inspiration hits, I just leave a memo on my cell phone.
But if you do keep a diary mane it creative; keep pictures of your idols or favorite artists in it make it like a scrapbook. Needless to say that's how mine is:)

 
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7 years ago
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Tip #5
if youre not just writing lyrics but music also for a song. Try to write the music first and then write lyrics. I used to do it the other way around and got very frustrated because no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get the music to sound right.
Don't just write about one subject. Because no matter how many ways you do it, it gets boring. Write about love once, stupid people next, your crappy life, and I could go on and on, but I'm just here to help not to tell you what to do. Besides. My ideas are my ideas but, I don't mind helping people out with writing stuff.

 
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7 years ago
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Tip #6:
If you're new to song writing then you will more than likely get 5-6 ideas a day for a while. But as you go on they will decrease to the point where you don't get any at all. This is the point where you actually have to dig deeper and think more about what you're writing.

 
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7 years ago
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Don't just listen to one genre of music. If you usually listen to metal then try listening to country or pop or rap. Because you could get an idea from a country song and make it the most hardcore, dark, scary, most beautiful metal song ever heard.
 
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7 years ago
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Tip #8:
if you're at all like me and just write random songs and have lots of ideas, then why not put them all together and write an album? That's what I have decided to do. I just started writing the first song and hope to have it done by march. And if anyone would like to take the challenge..... Write one song. Both lyrics and either a guitar and piano tab. In two weeks. Take the challenge and see what you come up with.

 
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Oh, and the first song I'm writing is called 'darling demon'. I still have yet to come up with a title for the album itself.
 
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7 years ago
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its been a while since i put up any tips so i should probably post a few more.

if your'e always busy (which im sure that you are) then you will find it hard to actually sit down and think and write. lately I've had writers block and it gets frustrating when im trying to write. but instead of just trying to write a song try poetry. its so easy and flowing. and if you can write poetry you can write a song. what i suggest (and this is exactly what i've done) is take a little time every day and write a poem or 2. fill up a whole composition book and i guarentee you'll get at least 3 songs out of the whole thing.

I'll try and come up with more tips this is the first time I've actually been on in a while.

 
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7 years ago
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looking back on my tips i noticed i mentioned digging deeper. when your'e writing and in the process of digging deeper you may find your self growing frustrated. the thing is to remember all of your past experiences (painful as this may be) but to make something truly beautiful out of it. make a list of words describing the situation. for example, a breakup, you may use the words hard, unbearable, broken, or even forever. try to put them into sentences and then try to rhyme the words. and also try to make sure it makes sense.
I hope this helps at all. please feel free to give any feedback. and if you have any questions to contact me. just email me its musicislove308@hotmail.com and ill try to get back to you as soon as i can :)

 
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