Haha, that is precisely Justin’s philosophy. It’s not a ‘speed thingy’
We’re supposed to do it slowly and correctly, so it sounds right.
Eventually when we grasshoppers repeat it enough, we become ‘faster’ or ‘automatic’.
Regarding feeling. Well, once you have the right chord technique, feeling comes from timing.
In order to add feeling, you have to subtly vary the timing. You in order to do that, we have to learn how to be able to play in the regular rhythm to add in variations.
I know that kind of sucks, going against the ‘wild free spirit’ side of things, but hey, that’s life
Oh yeah, don’t forget to keep your individuality.
Too many of us sound the same
Haha, that is precisely Justin’s philosophy. It’s not a ‘speed thingy’
Kim, If you practice 5 hours a day, then you greatly outperform my 40 minutes of practice each day. I understand that you are not playing continuously for the 5 hours or your fingers would be too painful to use. It sounds like you have the freedom to spend hours exploring music and following each musical path that you find interesting.
I understand your philosophy of playing clean and precise rather than fast. You might benefit from using the training technique Justin introduces in the beginning of Grade 2 for Module 8 practice - Perfect Fast Changes. In this training you only play as fast as you can make perfect chords, but you still count the number of changes in a minute so you can track your progress.
The benefit of changing between 2 chords continuously for one minute is to focus on the chord changes, including using anchor fingers. When you play a beginner level song, much of the time is holding down the chord without changing. This training exercise will help improve your chord changes in songs. If you do 5 minutes of Perfect Chord Changes, you might be able to reduce your practice time to 4 hours and still progress just as well.
If your goal is to write and compose songs the theory is good. You will also benefit from viewing and playing along to as many Justin’s song lesson videos as you can. Justin starts each song with simple strumming and chords and then shows how to use more complicated strums and rhythms and sometimes more advanced chords.
Have fun on the guitar. I look forward to see and hearing your progress in the future.
Kim, please accept my apology. Sometimes I try too hard to be helpful. But as you say, I mean well I can understand that your wish to focus on composing and not performing means that timed chord changes may not be for you.
I do think that looking at many of Justin’s song lesson videos on the JG website will provide additional training on learning to improve the rhythm and chord structure for songs.
P.S. I haven’t visited Denmark, but my university German language instructor 30 years ago was from Denmark. Some day I will visit your beautiful country and the city of Copenhagen.
Well said! Kim Lodro (by the way, for some reason I think this is the way I should use your name, rather than just Kim, but I could be wrong). You may find this from @Richard_close2u to also be inspiring in your song-writing (if you’ve not already seen it): Using borrowed chords - introduction + examples
For almost 3 years, I was asking around for some to compose music for my poems, but never got any serious reply. So I have taken up the task myself. The reason I got the guitar and eventually ended up here at Justin Guitar. So lets get to work
I never had a problem with song writing as such. They come flowing when ever they want.
In this sense, I will not be able to provide any help to others in this regard.
I have used an online tool to help a bit with the rhymes, but in general , they just came like crazy and I had to be quick to write them down, else they were lost for me, unable to recall them.
The online tool is called: rhymezone - Really cool little thingy.
Also via that I learned some slang words and got deeper into English. I prefer solely to use British English but as it’s my second language, I might go wrong here and there and use US English.
Also I can use that tool, in case I need to change some words here and there to make the music fit. But I hope, I will be able to change the music, so it fits with the poems as they are.
My issue now, is to compose some music that goes with the poems. How to go about it?
I think I will spend some time and see if I can find some good videos or text, that can give me some hints. It’s gonna be a totally new experience for me.
I already have posted one poem. Here is a couple of others. I might just try out one verse first or what ever comes. I guess when first getting into it, it might start flowing all by itself. That’s at least the impression I get when listening to all those bands and other song writers. Many of them had help from others in the band or around, but also many have done it 100% on their own.
I will go with these 2 poems first and see if I can come up with something:
No, I was never a Choo-Choo man, no clue how that came about
I once was a Choo-Choo Man
I was a choo-choo man and always had a dream to change
Despite being told it is impossible to rearrange
It came to mind that I have been living in one big lie
Full of disturbing emotions and blinkers for the eye
Everyday I went to work to drive the choo-choo
Liked by all and no one thought I was ku-ku
As long I fakely smiled and held the proper line
Stupidly and narrow-minded and all would be fine
As I suddenly change and become creative
Or sit for hours and look speculative
Many people get confused, run screaming away and think
That I quickly as possible should go to a shrink
Changing attitude and working with the mind
In order to become more wise and more kind
Many think I have gone crazy or just want to abuse
Notice so many weird kind of hidden accuse
When I look at others with my level
It’s all in my mind wether I see an angel or a devil
I shouldn’t judge what others do, say or think
It could actually be me who are on the brink
So since we all run around deaf and blind
Wouldn’t it be wiser and way more kind
If we open-minded and kindly together
Helped ourself and others free of the tether
If I tightly and dearly hold on to the past
It’s impossible to change the mind smoothly and fast
If I think and see everything as impure
It’s like my mind is drowning in a pile of manure
If I always are worried what others think
I would be constantly insecure and on the brink
I don’t want to follow narrow-minded views and stupid desire
I want to find and awaken the original fire
All go uneasy and worry if I act different than I usually do
What they want is just for me to drive the same boring choo-choo
Hold the narrow line strict and proper
Despite it’s all fake and one big whopper
By Kim Lodro Dawa, 8th January 2018
A poem I wrote in response to a good friend who asked me some questions:
Building a fence
Setting up the fence very strong,
Building it tall and very long,
It really never will be enough,
As the maras are very tough,
The fence will cover the inner glow,
Preventing from going with the flow,
Pleasing others will keep you in the tether,
As on a windy day like a lonely feather,
Like a dog sniffing in others trail,
Is a sure way for the mind to fail,
Whether you are with friends or foes,
Others feet are always with smelly toes,
Ego will hold you down very tight,
Just look at it without a fight,
Since there is nothing there to see,
Then just laugh and let it be,
by Kim Lodrö Dawa - 24th March 2019
Half my poems I will not show on here, as they are not that family friendly. They are pretty hardcore. Those from 2016 and 2017 was during my mental breakthrough. In general my experiences and such shines through. I also have a love poem and stuff like that. Of course a love poem, but not really having the strong feeling I had that time, so might be difficult or even impossible. But these two and others, they are still with the same power, also the poem further up the thread “A whittler in da Hood” - But that one was in connection with some special events, so want more experience before taking on that task.
You are welcome to use them and give them other words, make changes or what ever. They are free for all to use. As said before if being used and changes are made, it’s all yours. If they are exact copy, then write the source. I don’t want credit or go into any copyright thingy. Just so people know the source. It’s always good to know the source. Any suggestions are welcome, links to videos or what ever. But else. Let the process begin
For us that we have no formal education in music, putting music to a poem may be more a trial and error process. Hey, but The Beatles didn’t have that formal education so there’s hope for us.
I think you can try singing or speaking the poems the way you think work best, then you can see if the rhythm is 1, 2 (2/4); or 1, 2, 3 (3/4); or 1, 2, 3, 4 (4/4); or 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (6/8). It could be other time signature, but the ones I mentioned above are more common. It could be even a combination.
It may be other ways, but I would start trying some common chord progressions and see if one fits better and go from there with your own exploration if needed. You can do single strums in the first bar while exploring the chord progressions and when you have a chord progression that you like you can try different accompaniments, strummed chords, plucked chords, arpeggios, hitting and muting the strings whatever you see fit better.
Other person would go in a different sequence. Can be as many ways to do it as persons trying it, but as your (and my) music and guitar knowledges increase going from wanting to to be able to develop musical ideas could get easier.
Also you can check videos in YT like this:
Let me know if I can help at all with any explanations of how I put the song together.
I wish I’d learned in such a diligent, structured way - where I am wouldn’t have taken half as long!
Now I know this is somewhat sacrilegous, but I am not a huge Beatles fan (I like their early pop/rock n roll singles and far less of the later songs) so not likely to watch the YT video. But I would say that however much theory they may or may not have known, George Martin probably knew a great deal. Again, how much he influenced we will also never know.
I am one of those Reaper users and it has served me well. If not aware, should you have any questions you can post them in #gear-tools-talk:hardware-software-recroding
Keep doing what you are doing, Kim Lodro, learning, practicing, playing.
Bravo on sharing a first song. I also smiled while listening. I liked the use of the rest.
Hi Kim, keep working on those originals. Good you’re finding inspiration in Danish artists. The mix of global and local can fuel creativity. Post as often works for you.
What a line!
Well done, Kim, for taking the bull by the horns and just doing it
You’re playing guitar.
You’re singing a song that you wrote.
It has personal meaning for you.
Most importantly of all:
Simply sharing what gives us pleasure is fine
(If you would like constructive criticism from learner’s who have already been down your path, feel free to ask)