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Does a musical instrument influence the way you write a song?

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Elian

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« on: April 22, 2019, 08:04:11 AM »
Which is your go to instrument when you sit down to write a song? Do you think the instrument of choice alters the process in such a way a song might turn out completely different if you were to play anything else instead?

I've always started on the piano, but lately I'm finding that when assigning certain parts I'm happy with it to a different instrument, I no longer like how it sounds although I adjust the dynamics and specifics to suit that particular instrument.

Curious if it's just me or if it's a common thing.  ;D

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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2019, 10:45:09 AM »
I play acoustic guitar only but when writing a song lyrics comes first and the only instrument I use is the wand in my head, first of all for me the lyrics has to be right I have to hear them sing them or whatever back to me then I pick up my guitar and with the help of that wand in my head my fingers find there way, together we always end up with a song.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 07:25:31 AM »
Well it depends, quite often it starts with a bass line, I'll know what genre I'm after and just noodle for a hook, then brief outline of a song structure comes next, choosing the key to suit my (or another's vocal range) then lyrics are formed, basic instruments then follow and a guide Vocal, all the other instruments come later, maybe then Lead Vocal with usually thing like percussion and hooky fills last.

It used to be piano that I'd write my songs, but not so much now, although I had a couple recently that emerged this way.