90 % of the time having a guitar in my hands, I am writing songs or at least a riff. Most of those I will forget immediatley, because I don’t have a recording device ready. But often enough I start my DAW, a tape recorder or my ipad to record it and sometimes use it for the band.
10% I am practicing. Mostly trying to get my bad picking chops together. But at the end of the day I am fine with it. Because once I played a little bit tremolo on the low E-string I tend to start a Motörheadsong, which leads me to writing my own stuff again. Solo practice is mostly playing Blues clisheés, then turn to some sloppily executed 3nps-shred-licks that end in bluesy Hardrock-Playing again and suddenly I am into Rainbow’s “Stargazer”.
techniquewise I am undisciplined and therefore unsatisfied. Musicalwise I totally love it, because “guitarists just wanna have fun” (Don’t we? ) !!
Lyrics: I can read English pretty well due to my job, but writing is always a little bit clumsy for lack of better terms for my incompetence.
However, it depends. Sometimes I have a hookline in my head, a chorus, a word or something and a groove. I record it or write it down. Then I think of it: what’s the subject of the song and then I write. Then I try to find a chord progression, record it again. To turn this “folk-approach” into Hard Rock I usually try to find hooky riffs for the frame of the song (I call it “jingle”) and the chorus and then a “boring” riff for the narration of the verse. Then comes the additional stuff. Usually my song ends with this form: Intro - Verse- (Pre-Chorus) - Chorus - Repeat - New Idea - Solo - (Verse/Pre-Chorus) - Chorus - (Solo) - end
The other day I have a song demo which demands lyrics for our singer. She won’t write, so I must, so do I. Influences come from everywhere but must match with the atmosphere of the song. Often I fail at least partly, because I am not a genuine singer. It has then to be matched during band rehearsal for the sake of a better metre, groove and catchiness while maintaining meaningfulness.
Yeah that’s how it works for me somehow (and often not )