Alright guys, I have an idea.
I know that there are a lot of you out there struggling with songwriting. You’re struggling getting the motivation to sit down and start, because you don’t know where to start. Or maybe you’re struggling with the song itself. Things get too complicated and you get overwhelmed.
Well, I want to offer a unique and fun opportunity that I hope will help with both of those problems.
I’ve recorded a very simple guitar part that I want you to download. Then, using whatever is at your disposal, I want you to turn my guitar part into a fully fleshed out song part and send it back to me. Not a full song, just a piece. I’m hoping this will help you in two ways:
You have two weeks to do this. On Tuesday, May 28, I will pick a few of my favorite submissions and feature them on this blog along with a link to your music or whatever you’d like. This might seem like a short amount of time, but I’m a huge fan of motivation that comes from deadlines! If you struggle with getting things done with songwriting, then this is for you. Make it a priority to download the track, put something down on it, and send it back to me. This is a small step, but I know you’re gonna feel a great sense of accomplishment when you get it finished.
I feel like a big problem a lot of people have in songwriting is over-complication. We think we need to start with a complicated idea in order to make an interesting song. We think we need to add complicated parts. But the reality is that we don’t! The vast majority of the time, the best songs come from a few very simple parts coming together. This is what I want you to do with my track! I’ve given you a VERY simple start, and I want you to focus on adding more simple layers to create an interesting song idea.
The Rules (this is important)
I will not accept your song idea as an email attachment. It must be uploaded publicly to SoundCloud. You can then email a link to your SoundCloud file to firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as a link that you’d like to have featured along with your song idea should it be chosen.
You must submit your song idea by Monday, May 27 in the evening. I’ve got to have time to write the blog for that Tuesday!
Alright, now that all that’s out of the way, here’s the track along with some things you need to know.
- This song idea is at 117 BPM. You’ll need to set this value in your DAW if you want to record with a click.
- The file is a 24bit, 48k sample rate WAV file. If you have sample rate issues, email me and we can work it out.
- The progression is in G. It goes G, Em, C, D, Bm.
- There is one measure of silence followed by 4 times through the progression.
The only real rule here is that you have to get it done in two weeks! Feel free to mess with the track however you like… cut it up, change the pitch, reverse it, whatever! Just have fun and be inspired.
Once you’re done, feel free to also post a link to your song idea in the comments to share with others!
Good luck! I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!
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