Creating Loops as Original Songideas

Hello today a short article about something I do daily: Creating songs, songideas, melodies and chordsequences. For today’s article I will explain briefly what it takes to create a small songidea and to put it on a looppedal.
The whole process in explained and demonstrated on the included video as well.
Enjoy!!

To create an songidea you first must have some musical material. This can be anything such as a riff, bassline, small chordsequence. For this example I have chosen for the following sequence:

     Dm    Dm    Dm    Dm

      F       C      Dm    Dm

 

The next step is to find a bassline which supports the feel of the chordsequence. For this example I have chosen the Rootnote for each chord. Next you include a drumbeat which supports the bass and the rest of the feel of the chordsequence.  In case you use a Boss RC2 as well you have about 30 various drumbeats to choose from to fit you little songidea. Plenty of choise there!!

Next step is to create a melody which fits your chords and feel.
How do you create a melody you may wonder? Good question! This one starts on the Root and does contain two sections, the second part of the melody acts as a simple variation. Main thing is to make your melody work with your chords, think about feel, sing melody before you play ect. Yes I know a lot of work for some of you, but keep at it and you will get better at it.

Now you have your basic song and melody it is time to create some variation with your chords. You could go for different strums and chordpatterns in different places of the fretboard, add little riffs in between your chords. The whole idea is to add more spice and variety to your songidea.

Once you have done all of this you may want to leave out the melody and start improvising in the same key of the song, again with the aim to add variety to your playing and the basic sound of the song. Just remember: Keep things simple and sparse for the music not to get too cluttered!

Here is the video where the whole process is explained and demonstrated once again:

See you next time!!
Eddie