Hey guys, I've been working on some riffs together and my friend finally helped me write drums for them yesterday. So in this song I'm starting out in A Lydian and then switch to Ab Phrygian for a more heavier riff. I have no idea what to put after honestly, I want the song to go back into the lydian mode because it sounds a lot prettier. But my drummer friend said add a breakdown so when he left I put in the breakdown. I'm not a big fan of breakdowns honestly. I just feel lost with this song and writing riffs by yourself can kind of suck sometimes. Should I just wait tell inspiration hits me?
How do you guys go about writing songs? Is it mostly one person writing, or does your whole band give out ideas for a song. Right now its just me and my friend and I'm making up the riffs and we come up with drum ideas together.
Here is the demo of the song if you want it a listen
Sloppy joe with a breakdown by ixijmackixi on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free
1 - realize that it's totally rad that you can go to your family for help
2 - realize they're (and neither are your friends) you and will have the same vision as you
2.1 - realize that's ok
3 - after spending so much time writing on my own and analyzing the music I love I've come to the conclusion that as great as one man can be you will always be better by listening to the ideas of other if only to realize how much their ideas are trash and to focus your own.
3.1 - band mates rock. skill is great but personality and vision similar to you is probably more important. Even the technically inferior player can teach you a thing or two about emotion if you open up.
4 - play more. play until you're sick of it. play it till you dream it. Quantity before quality in EVERYthing you will ever do. Vai, Richard James (Aphex Twin), Tool; just live with it, it'll come.
I wish I would've done this when I was younger, but just because you don't have inspiration when you start doesn't mean it won't hit you after. If you've got nothing work on technique, watch a movie and play it over and over again. put it on your phone/mp3 player and just loop it. It's the only way I've found to get through what might seem like a lack of inspiration.
That "inspiring" chord, melody, or just a simple two note harmony might just be the next thing your hands happen to stumble upon ^_^ Good luck.