Hello, to all of you most excellent composers on ning.com.
Allow me to ask a preliminary question before any 'dissection'..
I am a lyricist, just started a few years ago, and I think my stuff is really good. But all it consists of at this time is the lyrics and basic rhythm and form, with a general idea about what I'd like the melody / tempo / mood / instrumentation / vocalist gender/ vocalist age / harmony to be like.
I am not much of a musician, but can play an electric bass and strum a guitar, and I can adequately play various instruments, piano, trumpet, trombone, but usually I will have to memorize the song.
I have no misconceptions or self-delusions of being a 'rock star' or diva.
I am adequately technical, so that I am able to use Sibelius to save my songs in, and I use various other DAW's, sequencers, vst's, MIDI and the like.
I am also adequately educated in music theory type stuff, but I am scared to death of trying to actually 'compose' anything excellent.
But what I think that I really need is an experienced composer to 'take me under his wing' and get me started on applying chord progressions to my rhythmic lyrics.
Anyway, am I in the right place? Or is this foruml just looking for fully record-ready music to analyze and dissect? Can someone direct me to the right place?
I have tried advertising for collaborators, but haven't got much response locally.
Are composers such as yourselves doing all these different 'song-production' jobs yourselves?