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musikbear wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:56 am
Barretoproducer wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:02 am
I've been trying to make a good song for 8 years! I know only the basics of theory but my songs still sound annoying
Now we need to listen to something, so any uploads on any channel?
Here other song: https://soundcloud.com/user-279548802/untitled
Barretoproducer wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:35 am
I posted here: https://soundcloud.com/user-279548802/boring , see how annoying it sounds
That's not bad at all.

You might be making the same mistake as I am.

Too much self criticism, and not enough variations. :)
Thats less than 1 minute of material, you cant decide really based on that.

Throw a beat at it with the BB editor, some hi hats or cymbals, a bassline alternating with the beat and see what happens.
The pad chord progression is really nice. Your melody is fine too, but try to syncopate it, with rests (pauses) and some longer notes.
I have a lot of projects that, looking back upon them now, make me wonder why I thought they were so good. I listen to some of your stuff, and it is honestly ten time better than some of my own stuff. As artists, we always tend to be a little overcritical of our own work. Sometimes we dismiss the things that actually might turn out to be hits one day! Here's some advice: Don't let your desire to make a good song make you shut down songs that are actually good just because you don't think it's good. That is what forums like this are for, to let other people listen to your work and offer critiques to make it better. Next time you feel doubt about a track, post it in the Music Projects section. Someone is sure to listen to it and offer critique.

Cheers!
Barretoproducer wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:51 pm
Here other song: https://soundcloud.com/user-279548802/untitled
Wooah! That tune sounds lovely. O.O
Barretoproducer wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:35 am
I posted here: https://soundcloud.com/user-279548802/boring , see how annoying it sounds
This beat actually sounds good.
That's not so bad at all.

I just think it is like a draft that is on your sheet and now it's up to you to make it "unbored" :D

For ex : npw that you have your melodic line ( good one ) you should humanize it someway, try to play with the velocity so that it will sound "played" and not "programmed" , add some beat over, the beat that YOU like , and somehow take your time to mix it the best as you can, it will emphase tha quality of your sound and give life to it instead of getting some flat sound.

Composing melodies is just one part of an overall work you know well , for the rest it's up to you.

Obvs you must believe in your sound, if you find it bored too fast it will be hard to improve your work.

I think that if you work you could make some good and nice sounds , just be confident in your capabilities, you won't learn all the skills in a few months, but only in years or decades, that's th game.

As I said before it's just up to you, keep good working and submit us !
Had a quick listen to your song. Not too bad at all. Replying because I can across this & thought of your thread :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmT5e5J5Mx4
Failte200 wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:04 am
Try it with a different instrument. You can just pick an synth or sample and drop it on top of the current one in Song Editor.

Try speeding up/slowing down the tempo. Hover over the tempo indicator and use your mouse wheel. I'm finding that 160 seems to work for me most of the time. Kind of depends you. Like everything Music-y, it's all about what YOU like.

Add percussion. Even if it's just BOOM-crash-BOOM-crash. Makes an amazing difference. Use the BB editor OR NOT. I'm a NOT person, myself, but that's just me. There are songs in the Sharing Section that are made ENTIRELY in the BB editor. And there are songs that don't use it at all.

Try using some chords. Several ways to do that: if you're using a synth, one of the standard "effects" is to play each note as a chord. Experiment with what sounds best to you. Also, in the Piano Roll, you can just "turn on" your choice of chord. Place a note and it places a chord instead. Or do what I do, use ctrl-c to copy everything in the Piano Roll, then shift-drag a note up or down (while it's playing) until you like it. Hint: LEAVE ALL THE NOTES SELECTED (blue) UNTIL YOU'RE SURE - so you can delete your added chord all at once. Else you'd have to delete each individeual added note... Even safer, copy your blocks in Song Editor further over so you can always just delete it entirely if you mess it up.

Play your melody on a loop, and change the notes (drag them up/down/around) you don't like while listening to it. I'm often surprised what "works" that I wasn't expecting.

Try to copy someone else's music that you like. Just what you like about it, not note-for-note. See what happens. Even if what you end up with sounds like an obvious cover, so what?

And lastly, something I read but haven't tried yet, just write your melody all in middle-C, then commence dragging the notes up/down until you like it.

Making a melody takes me a while - I'm not musician enough to know ahead of time what will and won't work. I often get sick of listening to it looping while I'm working on it. Which is a good excuse to stop, save, and do something else for awhile.

I never thought I could write an original piece of music... Working on my fifth song now. :) I call it "The Fifth One". :) And *I* really like all of them. A lot. Well, the First One isn't ENTIRELY original... but it's pretty different from the real original ("If I had a Heart" - Fever Ray).
Great,
Fantastic write-up!

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