April 27, 2005

Songwriting Homework

When you get the chance to get unofficial songwriting lessons from someone that's written a song for an album that went gold (for free), you better pay attention. I mean, seriously, there aren't many people that have won a Grammy that also happen to have sung at your wedding, so when you get that chance, make sure you get the most out of it.

Miguel, the aforementioned songwriter, played a couple of songs for me that he's written lately, and they're good. It's strange for me to see someone older than me play the guitar, just because I don't know anyone else that does. It's reassuring though, to know that he and I write our songs through basicly the same process. There's nothing wrong with the way I go about writing songs, it's just that I need more practice, and more training.

So Miguel has given me some homework. I need to write a 'question and answer' melody. I can't really explain what that is without singing, so you'll have to wait until I get something recorded, but I have some ideas. Now, melody has been a sticking point in my songs so far, so this could be tricky for me, but I think that I'll be able to put something together.

He also suggested that I listen to All My Loving, by the Beatles, and Rosalita's Eyes, by Billy Joel as examples of excellent question and answer melody writing. So I'll get on that, and move forward on my quest to become a better songwriter.


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