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  • a new guitar

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  • a new keyboard

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  • something else (please specify)

    1 6.67%
  • Nothing- I just hear the tune in my head

    10 66.67%
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    This is STILL a guitar-related question; however, some of us play more than just guitar, some of us write songs on guitar, and some of us write songs by a tune that gets trapped in the brain.

    So here goes: Has a particular instrument purchase inspired your song writing? I, for one have made no less than ten new purchases in this recession-economy (I am the "best/favourite" customer in several stores), and have found that some purchases inspire a new song merely by getting familiar with the instrument.

    For example, I bought a Korg Kaossilator. I wrote a new song on it two days after I bought it. It has also been indispensible for song writing. Yes, I wrote electronica with the first song, but I happen to enjoy many, many genres of music. But the easy to use drum machine function makes for a nice click track for my rock music, as well. The drum machine function has been the foundation for the song's rhythm in some cases.

    My "Jamie" guitar has helped get me out of my funk with writing rock music, as well as helped me finish several songs. In short, there is magic in that factory second guitar. She is a one-in-a-million find.

    A few of my other purchases did NOT inspire me, nor did they have any bearing on whether or not I was in/out of writer's block. One was merely a tool, and two were just cool guitars. One did make my life a bit easier in song writing, it just did not give me any inspiration.

    So, what purchase has inspired you?
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    Personally, I just hear it, but some of my friends get stoked when they buy a new axe or get to play a new axe.

    My latest inspiration? A concept album entitled Gilroy Was Here. It's basically Styx's Kilroy Was Here but all the names are changed. And I'm gonna tune a half-step up, drums included.

    When I was little I used to think, "Why don't bands just re-release hit songs with new, updated lyrics? It was a hit the first time...why couldn't 'Jump 2' be a smash the next year?" That's what I figured I'd do here.

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    Since purchasing my SG, I've been on a riff writing frenzy. It's funny, it's just one of those guitars that inspires. I can't explain why this one over others, but it has become my official song writing guitar. It's so easy to play all up and down the neck, so I guess that's a huge factor. Also the versatility in it's sound. You know how some guitars sound pretty much the same in different amps? Well this one sounds like a different guitar on various amps.
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    The summer before my senior year of high school I put all my saved pennies into an Ensoniq SD-1 music production synthesizer. It was typical early-90s technology in that it had a 24-track sequencer and thousands of synthesized instruments. For the two years after I purchased that keyboard I used it (often along with a cassette 4-track) as my primary tool for writing and demo-ing original sings, as I could sequence all of the instruments and arrange and mix them accordingly. I credit that purchase as being one of the better I ever made for helping me learn songwriting and arranging.

    These days songwriting is mostly done on the guitar, and usually I'm just chasing an idea that starts in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    The summer before my senior year of high school I put all my saved pennies into an Ensoniq SD-1 music production synthesizer. It was typical early-90s technology in that it had a 24-track sequencer and thousands of synthesized instruments. For the two years after I purchased that keyboard I used it (often along with a cassette 4-track) as my primary tool for writing and demo-ing original sings, as I could sequence all of the instruments and arrange and mix them accordingly. I credit that purchase as being one of the better I ever made for helping me learn songwriting and arranging.

    These days songwriting is mostly done on the guitar, and usually I'm just chasing an idea that starts in my head.
    You're a tune chaser. You've been chasing tunes all your life!
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    kinda how it works for me:

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    i usually record practices at home, so when im noodling away i may come accross something interesting that sparks an idea and then i just run with it.
    i have to say the purchase of a line6 toneport has been a major factor recently for me, because i can practice late at night without waking anyone and im usually more creative when im tired, plus i can play with more tones with that piece of gear. then its just a case of either playing or programing a drum track, keys and unusually i use a regular guitar for the bass parts along with a digitech whammy, i have this thing at the moment where i double all the bass parts 1octave and then 2 octaves lower, i dunno where the hell it came from but it seems to be going somewhere!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    i usually record practices at home, so when im noodling away i may come accross something interesting that sparks an idea and then i just run with it.
    i have to say the purchase of a line6 toneport has been a major factor recently for me, because i can practice late at night without waking anyone and im usually more creative when im tired, plus i can play with more tones with that piece of gear. then its just a case of either playing or programing a drum track, keys and unusually i use a regular guitar for the bass parts along with a digitech whammy, i have this thing at the moment where i double all the bass parts 1octave and then 2 octaves lower, i dunno where the hell it came from but it seems to be going somewhere!
    As long as you press the "record" button, it's all good!!! So many times, I would create things whilst tired and forget to record them. Then they were lost forever...
    Dammit!!! I still smell like cotton candy!!!

 

 

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