The first step is to generate ideas. This can be in a number of places depending on preferences and perhaps the style.
Starting with the chords.
Chords are the building blocks of a song. Putting together the chords in a sequence that makes sense to you and to the listener. Most Pop/Rock groups use the same chord progressions.
As found here
To experiment with chord progressions you can take a familiar chord progression and add augmented/diminished or suspended chords to add interest and tension to the song. You can even rearrange the order, add/takeaway or substitute chords for other chords.
The example below shows the progression I V vi IV. The progression has been rearranged to a V vi IV I which gives the piece a different feel.
With the songwriting process the hardest part is getting started. Where do you begin? The words or the music? The truth is either.
It is about the marriage of the two and how well you put those elements together.
If you start with the words the important first step is to Generate ideas. I am using the Generate, Sort, Connect and Elaborate principle.
The first step is identifying words that are associated with the subject.
The second step is identifying the important words.
The third step is connecting words that fit together. Either by the subject matter or rhyme scheme, alliteration etc.
The forth step is connecting the words and finding hook lines. Lines that really resonate with the meaning of the song.
Finally is to elaborate. Putting the words together with the music or forming a structure with the words such as Verse, Chorus, Verse 2, Middle 8, Bridge etc.
Task 3 – Process and Product (Criteria B and C)
Process: A selection of process journal extracts to show:
The process evidence will:
The product evidence:
Task 2 - Proposal
The criteria states that the proposal should show;
You are marked on;
Your proposal should show what you intend to for your product. You will produce a song on an issue of your choice that will inspire social change/social justice.
This means you have to make your thought processes visual. It is not an easy thing to do.
There is a number of ways to do that
Explain your thought processes. Write them down.
Use the creative thinking tools
Use Mind Maps
Your proposal is to explore your ideas not define them. The finished product can and should be different.
Some ideas to explore in your proposal.
Your subject matter and why you have chosen the subject matter. How is this going to be a song to inspire change?? This might be good explored through mind maps
Consider your audience, what is the genre, who is it aimed for?
How does it relate to your research?
Where are you going to draw inspiration from?
What style of music are going to produced?
What mood is the music going to be?
What musical devices are you going to use?
What instruments are you using? Are you using anyone to perform your song?
What equipment/skills/tools do you need to complete the project?
What recording software are you going to use?
How are you going to work through the songwriting process? What steps do you need to take?
What challenges do you expect to face and how will you overcome them?
Tools to use in creative thinking.
E-Excitements. What excites you about the project. What is your motivation?
W-Worries - What worries you about the project. What challenges so you expect to face and overcome
N-Needs - What do you need to find out to complete your project. What tools do you need. What skills do you need.
S-Steps - What are the step you need to take to complete your project.