HOW TO WRITE SONGS
Advise on how to write songs for songwriters.
How to write songs: Learning how to write songs is something anyone can achieve if they put their mind to it, but it’s important to understand that writing song lyrics takes a lot of discipline and dedication. Writing songs is a very personal process, everyone will have a different style and approach, but below are some basic principles to help you know how to write songs and lyrics efficiently.
- You will find it much easier writing song lyrics if you find the melody first. Every songwriter is different, but more often than not the melody will come more naturally than the lyrics.
- If melody is not your strong point then look to work with a musician, someone who can play guitar and/or piano to assist you.
- Searching or listing online is a good way to source like minded songwriters to work with.
- Once the melody is down, get writing! Write whatever comes into your head and don’t edit your thoughts. Write down any of your thoughts or record yourself talking over the melody.
- Alternatively try rewriting the lyrics of other peoples songs, it gives you good practice and will help you work out how others structure writing song lyrics.
- Write until no more words pop into your head. Once the basics are down, you can start tweaking the words you have written. Even if they don’t make sense at first, eventually the right lyrics will jump off the page!
DON’T RUSH YOUR SONGWRITING
There is no right or wrong when it comes to writing song lyrics, but it’s likely everyone will suffer from songwriter’s block at some point! So don’t worry, just be patient!
- Writing song lyrics that are forced will come across as such to your fans. Be patient and wait for inspiration.
- Don’t expect immediate results. It will take lots of goes until everything gels, so don’t be too critical of your work to begin with.
- Be prepared to pick lyrics apart and rewrite sections until your happy. A good song can be written in one draft, but a great song will take time and commitment.
- Don’t be afraid to leave a song if you’re not feeling it, great songs take chemistry so no need to force it, just start a new song.
HOW TO WRITE SONGS
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