so moving on from the more abstract notion of ideas… let’s go onto how to turn that idea into something finished.
if you’re a visual artist, you may start by drawing some thumbnail sketches. if you write prose, you might begin by writing a brief synopsis or some notes on major plot points or characters. if you’re a musician you could start with a melody or chord arrangement, maybe lyrics.
for me it’s often a basic chord structure and rhythmic feel. usually on guitar or bass. for me, this is like a visual artists thumbnail sketch. the basic outline from which everything else is built. i’ll take this basic idea and record it, and then play around with it, trying different notes, rhythm, etc. once i have that, i’ll usually start coming up with other parts to add to the idea and begin to shape it into a song – and then it’s time to really start recording.