About Songwriting, Part Two

Abstract FlowerAnother way to extend and get more creative concerning songwriting is to expand on one’s horizon concerning music making. I will give you two examples, one soft and one hard.

There have been many cases where a songwriter has become inspired just by learning new chords or scales and starting to experiment with these. As an example, someone who learns to play piano starts to see the beauty of extended seventh chords and start to use them in all kinds of interesting configurations. This leads to new songs and new compositions just by the force of exploring new musical territories. It always helps to learn new musical techniques.

The second example is someone who gets a new guitar or a new software synth, by exploring these new tools they get inspired and make new music, taking it into directions where someone didn’t expect to go earlier. So it indeed helps to update your setup from time to time, get a new toy and have fun.

Needless to say, if you don’t have a recorder hooked in, or work inside a DAW with the record button close by, all that inspiration will just dissipate into ether, and most likely you will forget it all and just have a vague memory what happened.

One Comment:

  1. Kent,

    You are so right! I play guitar, but have problems with my hands, so I recently started using a Suzuki Q-Chord. (The Q-Chord is sort of an electronic autoharp/chord organ.) It has been such a pleasure to hit just a button or two and make major, minor, seventh, augmented and diminished chords. In working on my new musical “Big Feet, Big Love,” just being able to click a few buttons and get some rhythm going got me unstuck twice. Fiddling with the chord buttons helped this singer songwriter create a hauntingly beautiful instrumental piece called “Fiesta La Noches” with little trouble.

    Trying something new really DID inspire me.

    Best wishes,
    Rodney Robbins
    The Singing Playwright

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