How To Write Better Music: 3 Easy Tips
When I first started writing music, everything was new to me. After a few years, lots of people mentioned “[my] different songs sound the same.” After careful reflection, I realized that my music creation had become habitual, or repetitive. Creating music with the same white keys, the same scales, drum grooves, or overall themes can and will lead to writer’s block, disappointment, and ultimately the waning of a passion in music. If you want to get past writer’s block and write better, more interesting music, check out these tips:
Listen to different genres and styles of music in your free time:
When writing your super-underground rap beat, that Luke Bryan tune you heard yesterday on your girlfriend’s car stereo could help save the track. Listening to varied styles of music helps fill in your mind’s musical library. hearing all types of scales and melodies WILL help your mind associate new notes with new moods and emotions. For instance, with the early 2000’s hip hop movement. Scott Storch brought Middle Eastern music, scales, and instruments to the forefront of American Pop, Rap, and RnB. Hits like 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” took the Billboard charts by storm. Blending musical scales and styles together will greatly enhance the appeal of your music. (Just imagine an Oriental style Rap beat with Eminem as the featured artist. Flame!)
Try and write music using different scales than you normally do:
Lots of producers are creating music without ever really paying attention to scales and only focusing on notes and melodies. If you only make songs in the Key of C.. or just the white keys.. eventually all of your songs will sounds very similar. In order to remedy this, learn and experiment with new keys and scales. An easy way to learn is by searching for these topics on YouTube. As soon as you start writing oldschool rap using the A Minor key and playing minor scales on a Rhodes VST, you’re on the right track.
Work to create a sonic picture with your instruments or mix
A few years back, I watched a movie called “Snowpiercer” on Netflix. A few months after watching, I heard a song by Feed Me called “High Noon.”
Each time I hear this High Noon song, I hear the sample of “…This is disorder!” from the Snowpiercer movie, and realize that Feed Me’s song was created to bring about the mental picture of the movie. The Chorus has a rhythm section that sounds just like a train moving around on a track, a steady chug. Also a lead “Siren” vocal was placed on top of the mix to sound like a train horn. It is a clever picture painted sonically to evoke the picture of this movie.. which I can’t stop gushing about. Try and do this for yourself, and you’ll be creating full masterpieces.
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