I'm having trouble finding my own sound, but not being repetitive, as I write songs.

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  1. Rainiac

    Rainiac New Friend

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    Whenever I write the lyrics to a song, it seems that I gravitate to the same exact...melody. I think it's melody. How can I use my trumpet to make fresh melodies, but also, and more importantly, find my own sound? I haven't put any of the lyrics I've written into songs yet at all. Does anyone have any tips? Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. lakerjazz

    lakerjazz Mezzo Piano User

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    Re: I'm having trouble finding my own sound, but not being repetitive, as I write son

    I know what you mean. Generally, you will be thinking of the melody in terms of major scales. To change from the melody to a break in the song, try thinking in terms of minor (think mysterious, frightening), and then go back to the major. This is very basic, but it helps a lot.
     
  3. Rainiac

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    Re: I'm having trouble finding my own sound, but not being repetitive, as I write son

    Thanks :) Okay, when I get up tomorrow I'll give that a try
     
  4. Brekelefuw

    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Re: I'm having trouble finding my own sound, but not being repetitive, as I write son

    I have no idea what this means.
     
  5. lakerjazz

    lakerjazz Mezzo Piano User

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    Re: I'm having trouble finding my own sound, but not being repetitive, as I write son

    Maybe it wasn't that clear

    Here is an example of what I'm talking about: YouTube - ‪I CAN'T GET STARTED - Bunny Berigan 1937‬‎

    First, Bunny plays a cadenza
    Then, he plays the main melody on trumpet
    After a sax break, he sings the main melody
    Then, he sings the extended melody
    He then goes back to the main melody

    At this point, we've heard a lot of melody.

    So now Bunny switches to a cadenza in a minor key (or I'm not sure how to say it; it at least has the feel of being in a minor key) so that when he goes back to the original melody (which is in a different key than before), it sounds fresh.

    Basically, I was trying to say that a shift to minor helps to freshen up your melody.

    To Rainiac: You might also want to change the key of the original melody when you go back to it
     

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