From Instrumental to Song: How Fingerstyle Guitar Shapes My Songwriting – A follow up.

A little while back, I wrote a blog post about how fingerstyle guitar shapes my songwriting process. In that post, I shared an instrumental guitar piece called ‘Scars Upon The Heart’ that I was developing into a song. Today, I’m excited to share with you the finished product: the full song that was inspired by that initial guitar piece. In this post, I’ll talk about how I approached turning an instrumental into a full-fledged song, and how my love for fingerstyle guitar continues to influence my creative process.

When I first shared the instrumental guitar piece in my previous blog post, I had a few ideas for how I wanted to develop it into a song. I had written the lyrics and pretty much had the melody. So, I spent some time recording a demo to send to Deb, Sam & Coops so they could go about learning and adapting my initial idea into their own unique contribution to the Scars Upon The Heart

From the outset I had a basic structure for the song, I started working on the lyrics. I drew inspiration from the mood and atmosphere of the instrumental piece, and tried to capture that feeling in the words. I found that the fingerstyle guitar technique lent itself well to a more introspective, contemplative style of songwriting, and I tried to incorporate that into the lyrics as well.

After a couple of weeks of tweaking and refining, the song started to come together. The bands input helped me make some final tweaks to the arrangement and instrumentation, and I ended up with a finished song that I’m really proud of.

In the video below, you can see and hear the finished product.


We recorded this version during rehearsals yesterday ahead of two upcoming shows;
3rd May at The Atkinson, Southport opening up for Brooks Williams & Aaron Catlow –

19th May at The Woodman Folk Club

In conclusion, I hope this follow-up post has given you a glimpse into my songwriting process and how fingerstyle guitar continues to shape my songwriting. If you’re a musician or songwriter yourself, I encourage you to experiment with different techniques and see where they take you. Who knows – you might just stumble upon your own unique sound and style. And as always, keep on creating!

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