8 Creative ways to record an original song from scratch.
Stuck in a rut of producing music that all sounds the same? Stuck with musician’s writer’s block? Here are 8 creative ways you can spice up your recordings.
- Arpeggiate those chords.
Experiment with different arpeggiator patterns to come up with a melody.
Set your arpeggiator to a slower speed so you can capture the result. Another option is to record the chords themselves and then experimenting by muting individual notes until you come up with a melody that you can refine. Add some modulation and you are good to go.
- Outside inspiration.
Go for a walk with a recorder such as your phone.
Capture found sounds from nature , the street, building site etc.
Is there a pattern there that you can get an idea for a drum or percussion beat?
Is there a melody or part of a motif in that bird call you can use to build a song from?
- Watch or read about an inspirational story or struggle. Could you build a ballad or instrumental theme from it?
- Reverse it!
Heard a loop or melody that you like but it has been used? Reverse it, transpose and create something new. Solo instrumental tracks can work well by taking a section and doing this.
- Cut it up!
Find a loop you like, chop it up and rearrange it or change the key or tempo and use this as a basis for a new track.
- Set yourself a limit of say 1 hour and just 3 instruments and a goal to have a basic track created within that time frame. This will effectively force you to come up with something.
Do not aim for perfection or specific sounds – your main aim is to create a basic beat, chord and melody that you can build on later.
Leave it – go have lunch and come back to do the tweaking when you are refreshed.
- Change your order of production.
Do you always begin with drums? Just begin with a click track and create a basic melody first instead then chords or perhaps begin with chords and then melody – mixing it up can open the doorway to inspiration.
- Go World!
Instead of the stock standard instruments why not add some exotic touches to your tracks?
Try including some ethnic rhythm in your beats such as a Doumbek or Tabla to lift your music out from the ordinary. The same goes for melody which could be led by an exotic flute or stringed instrument.
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