If you don’t mind writing lyrics for another musician, there are an infinite number of guitar songs (that have nothing to do with the musician being there). I don’t mean that they’re all “easy” – that’s kind of hard – but we all know how hard it is when you’re trying to keep the music alive. If it’s going to be more interesting, you have to write some lyrics! You have to write all the lyrics! So I find I’m able to write a lot of guitar pieces that sound similar at first glance. They may be different scales, or more complex harmonic structures, but I’ll still write a few of those songs that have a similar feel – like I wrote my first few years of working with the band, I wrote what we called “the “piano song”, and this is, in my opinion, the most enjoyable song a songwriter can write if he has some good ideas. It just feels good to have something that you can play and play, where you can sit down and sing along (for guitar) and do that solo. So it’s a good feeling, doesn’t it?
If you have very good ideas, and the music is still catchy, you can write great guitar pieces that won’t be easy to listen to. This applies to any musical work too, and you want to write as much as you can. I think you should always write stuff that you love, just like you do with your writing, whether you have a great idea for a song or not (and regardless of the fact that I’m writing “great” stuff).
What is your opinion on writing that is easy (ie more “pitch oriented”), and when writing “hard” stuff?
If you get a great idea, but don’t know how to work it, you shouldn’t have tried. A lot of good songwriters, as well as I, got a lot of ideas of other people’s writing, or wrote about songs and didn’t know how to use them in your own music. I mean, how can it be bad to see someone you care about write about your songs? It’s kind of nice to see the songwriter coming out with something that you like, right?
It’s possible to see how the writer thinks, and when he’s about to take a different approach to you, that’s all right, but not to see him in a completely different light – or, in other words, think as he “probably thinks”. I