WRITING A SONG
Advise on how to write a song for singers and songwriters.
Writing a song: Writing song lyrics for a song is a lot easier if you focus on something that you are interested in and passionate about. When writing a song try and relate your lyrics to what’s happening in your life or how you're feeling about a certain situation. One way is to perhaps channel your emotions into a chosen topic that is really close or important to you. You will find the whole process of writing a song a lot easier.
BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR SONGWRITING
Anyone can write a song 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 and song lyrics is a very personal process, everyone will have a different style and approach, however below is some advice on writing a song.
- Use bad, funny, ironic and/or life experiences to your advantage! These are the type of songs fans can relate to. Many popular songs are about heartbreak and failed relationships such as Adele’s songs.
- If you’re stuck wording your idea, jot down notes of what you’re trying to get across. Come back to it later with a fresh mind!
- Don’t waste time on a small part of your song. If the words aren’t coming naturally then they probably aren’t right for the song.
- For some people writing a song can be daunting, so try writing with someone else. Sometimes song writing works better if there’s someone else you can bounce ideas around with!
- People are far more likely to relate to a song if it’s an emotionally motivated song.
- If it’s a fun song make sure it is fun and engaging and has a strong hook to leave people humming and/or get stuck in the listener’s head.
THE TECHNICAL PART TO SONGWRITING
- The first time your fans hear your song they will only hear the parts that stand out the most, this is why it’s important to have a lyrical hook in your song!
- The first line is very important to get right! This line introduces the song and establishes the songs mood. It’s the line that grabs the listener’s attention so make the most of it!
- Not every line needs to rhyme! Sometimes this sounds forced and un-relatable. Don’t shy from ending lines with the same vowel sound, this is far more subtle than forced rhyming. An example could be using ‘home’ and ‘room’.
- Make sure when you’re writing song lyrics that the song has a clear structure and progression. This is particularly important if writing lyrics portraying a story. Always check your song makes sense when you read back over it.
- A typical song structure that you could try would be having four verses, each with four lines, plus a four line chorus every two verses. You could also try putting in a middle section, known as a ‘bridge’.
- Look at the breakdown and structure of songs you’d like to write like and analyse them.
WRITING A SONG
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