Quote:Hi, As a new member and songwriter I thought I would ask you folks what method(s) you useto write your music. I am interested in the music aspect since I write instrumentalsat the present time. I am talking how you get the music going.Since I have no formal musical training and play mostly by ear, I am reading Jason Blumes books. After seeing some posts on this board, I get the feeling that my way of doing it is unusual. Apparently, many people come up with a melody first and then work out the chords. I on the other hand can't seem to generate a melody with out some kind of chord structure and this structure for me has to be a dynamic thing in itself. I just can't hit a C, F then G chord and then start humming. I can play my guitar for an hour trying different chord combinations and though they can fit together theoretically unless they "SING" to me I cant do anything with them.Another thing is that I have to record these sessions or I will forget any idea that doescome about (getting older stinks). After getting the first good chord structure down in the DAW, I can then build on it (hopefully). I think I use my engineering skills to make up for my song writing skills. Another strange thing I have noticed is that although I havem been playing the guitar on and off for 28 years, (actual time probably adds up to about 8 months) I just started playing the keyboards. I bought a new synth when my old one finally died. It sounds are so amazing in comparison to my last one that I have used it instead of my guitar to write the most of my half dozen pieces of music. I think this is because I have not developed any "ruts" yet with this instrument. After the basics are down with the keyboards, I then go back and add the guitar if any. I have also found having a rhythm track going helps but I can go through quite a few of those before one"speaks" to me. So I would like to hear what methods you use to come up with your musical ideas and any thought you might have on my method (if you can call it that).Thanks for your input, KHey, KoulyI don't think there is one method for writing songs. Sometimes, I come up with the melody first, and then sometimes, I come up with a phrase first (that's usually my hook), and I'll put that phrase to a melody. I used to really feel like I was different because I didn't play an instrument when I started writing songs. I would just hum my melody into a tape recorder (the melody in my head of course), and then I'd put the words to it. I started taking guitar lessons because I felt this would make me a better songwriter. While I've learned to play the guitar a bit (although not well, hehe), I find that I'm still using the 'sing into the tape recorder' method to write my songs because it really helps my creative flow....I find that if I have to 'think about' plotting chords to my music, it ends up sounding wooden, at least for me....so I just let the melody flow in my mind, and then I put the chords to it after I'm finished writing the whole song, words and melody. Also, sometimes I just sing a capella into the tape recorder, burn it onto a CD, and then have the song fully produced by a good demo service like Beaird Music Group.I get my inspirations everywhere, and while I'm not a person who can write without an inspiration, I'm always alert to things around me (what people say and do) because this is what gives me ideas for my songs. I didn't start writing until January of 2006. Since then, I've written a lot of songs. When I was younger, I always wrote snippets of songs, but I didn't even think of myself as a songwriter....I'd just throw those snippets in a drawer. I just thought of it as a silly hobby I had. All of sudden last year, I started finishing my songs, so for me, this is all kind of new.So really, your way of writing song isn't all that unsual probably, just go with what works for you.