Switching Things Up for the Better

The other day, I was writing a song. But I noticed something odd as I was doing it.

A lot of times, I’ll start humming a melody and find the chords to put to it, but almost at the same time.

It’s like the famous “music or lyrics first” question. But I tended to do it more or less all at the same time.

As I was writing the other day, I was only writing the music. After I had written the entire song, I went back and then wrote a melody and lyrics.

And I liked the results – but not because of that specific workflow. Here’s why and what you can learn from it:

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I realized it with this songwriting example, but it really applies to a lot of things in the home studio.

For example, you might tell yourself that instead of tuning your vocals, you are only going to punch in and out to get a perfect performance. That decision in workflow will yield a much different result than if you decided to just sing it twice and tune the better take.

Or if you wanted to play everything well and not quantize anything. Another way to get a different result than you might normally get.

For me, writing the song this way allowed me to focus much more on writing a catchy melody. Since it was the only thing I was worrying about at that time (I had already taken care of the chords), I could put all of my attention toward it, making it better than it might have been otherwise.

Try switching up one thing in your workflow in your next project. Let us know how it turns out! Then check out our videos for members and start improving your skills!

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