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blog > My Song Endings Are Lame

Nov 19th, 2010

I default to strumming fast and loud on a chord, and then slowing down the strums, and then one final big strum. My other amazing trick is strumming fast on a chord, and then slowing down the strums, and then resolving to another chord for one big final strum.

I love making music. I love writing, playing, recording, talking about and especially listening (and sometimes dancing but more often tapping my foot and nodding my head) to music. I love how those things encompass so much — the deeper you go, the more you learn and the more you learn what you don’t know1.

Like song endings, for example. I’ve known since the moment I started playing live that my song endings are lame. I default to strumming fast and loud on a chord, and then slowing down the strums, and then one final big strum. My other amazing trick is strumming fast on a chord, and then slowing down the strums, and then resolving to another chord for one big final strum. Lame2!

But it wasn’t until last night — let’s see, how many years are we talking about? — that I realized, Ooooooooooooooooh, I have to work out good endings for these songs, and practice them. Ding ding ding! I win the prize!

Any musicians out there want to give me some pointers?

1 This could be a song lyric: “The deeper you go, the more you learn and the more you learn what you don’t know” or it might just come out sounding silly.

2 I think these are both fine endings — what’s lame is ALWAYS ending like that.

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