Exercises: Tunes

Heady

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Similar to my lyrics thread, but for riffs and progressions etc:

What are your favorite exercises for brainstorming/freewriting etc. to get ideas flowing or to start a collection of snippets etc.?

Anything you find particularly fruitful?

Anything you do regularly?

Do you ever write at another instrument? Guitar/piano/just from your voice? What helps you form a tune?

Any exercises specific to coming up with chord progressions?

Do you use a recorder while you play - or do you experiment first then tape a couple snippets? Record everything - record nothing - iron it out on paper - in your head...

Whatever tips you want to share regarding melody/harmony etc.