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  • How Do I Put a Rhythm to a Lyrical Song I wrote

    Posted by Salty on September 9, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Man I wrote a song, well the lyrics for one and it is really awesome. I am sure it could be a smash country hit but I can’t get my guitar to do what I here in my head in regards to the rhythm or melody. Does anybody have any suggestions or a method to solving this problem

    N-lightMike replied 1 year, 7 months ago 2 Members · 5 Replies
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  • N-lightMike

    Member
    September 9, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Yes, the rhythm of the music and the rhythm of the lyrics must work in harmony. If you wrote a chord progression first, like many singer/songwriters do, then the words must match the music. But if you write the lyrics first, which I do and some of the songwriters that I love have done, then your music must match the rhythm of the lyrics.

    Start by saying the lyrics like you’re reading a poem for a drama class or an audition for a show. Don’t worry about the chords progression or the melody, just find you rhythm. Then start playing with that rhythm using some simple chords.

    When you’re first starting, just use a the 1, 4, and 5 chords, and maybe the 6m chord. Keep it simple. So, in G major, you have G, C, and D. I favor D major, D, G, and A. I also like C major, C, F, and G. What do you play the most when you play cover songs? Or what do you like to play the most?

    Let me know your progress and I will give you more feedback if you need it.

    MG 😀

    • Salty

      Member
      September 9, 2022 at 1:33 pm

      Man you are awesome thank you and I will. Write now I am learning my triads, and key progression and retro-gressions. For example I am currently practicing the Fm key to practice bar cords. I know the Cm , C, Am, E, Bm etc etc. I practice those a lot. I am also working on techniques, and I will be starting a Modes class next month. I want to learn some covers but I am struggling with that too, I don’t have access to how to play the rhythms or someone showing me. It is really weird because I can play some amazingly awesome chord progressions. It is like I am one step away from being a lot better.

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by  Salty.
      • This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by  Salty.
      • N-lightMike

        Member
        September 9, 2022 at 1:59 pm

        If you want you can watch my music theory videos on YouTube. The channel is N-Light Music Theory. I have the first 2 episodes, both of which entail several videos. If you do watch them, I would appreciate some feedback. I think I am going to have to redo the episode 2 videos as they are too long and too rambling. But, that also gives extra info and insights, so I don’t know if they are good or bad. I need some feedback.

        Also, I am willing to share the charts if you would like them.

        MG 😀

      • Salty

        Member
        September 9, 2022 at 2:04 pm

        I just subscribed. I am in another music theory class now. I will check it out. Thanks again for your help.

        • This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by  Salty.
      • N-lightMike

        Member
        September 9, 2022 at 2:27 pm

        <div>Awesome. Thank you @Salty </div>

        👍🙏😊

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