seanx Posted December 10, 2007 Share Posted December 10, 2007 I'm starting this topic over great frustration as a songwriter. Over the years (and believe me I've looked) I can't seem to find a book, article, etc where any of them will expound on their songwriting techniques. We always hear: how did you make this video? or tell us about stairway? how did you get this sound? what was it like on stage? But we never hear much on: How do you approach music when writing? What was your goal(s)? Why? How did you WRITE this song AND was it easy? Explain the challenges and how you figured it out. Why did you chose these lyrics? How do you write your lyrics? Whats your technique(s)? Page/Jones: How do you write riffs? What sort of philosophy do you have with tension and release? Is there a common goal with every song in structure? What do you use as a guide if its a good song? Do you classify certain progressions (or changes) for certain uses? How do you throw existing riffs together into a song? When you jam, how do you organize jamming into a song? (Don't say if it 'feels right'...you obviously know what you're doing...wrong or right, what philosophy guided you to make it generally 'feel right' over others. etc etc. They never get into that in articles!!!! Jones gets close sometimes, but then the articles shift to something stupid that they've discussed 100 times over the years. I would love a documentary of all of them in one room over several sessions and write a definitive DVD on their songwriting approach from their perspective. Not another DVD that says, 'Zeppelin is great...and THIS is why.' We know why! lol I bought and returned one of the recent DVDs they have out there where its a journalists collection of all the 'quotes' over the years on what makes zeppelin. Useless garbage that I already have... I mean come on Jimmy, you had a plan when you began! Tell us budding musicians about it! Does it have to be kept as a 'trade secret' to your grave?! You ALL have a lot of wisdom to offer from your own band and watching other bands success thru the years. (If anyone knows of any material already out there that I've just missed...please let me know. Thanks.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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