If you ever take time to analyze modern pop songs you will find that they have many element in common. Understanding these elements may increase your chance for success. Will it guarantee success? In life there are no guarantees. But, doing certain thing the right way will increase the odds in your favor.
In baseball there is a thing called the “sweet spot” That is a location on the bat that provide maximum performance from the bat. When the ball hits the sweet spot just right the result is usually a home run. Does the ball always contact the sweet spot? Of course not. But, the hitter practices and strives to make it happen. In song there are also certain “sweet spots”. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Here is an article by GK Eckert on 3 Rules of Thumbs on how to write songs. These rules can be quite useful during the songwriting process. Are these the only rules? Not really, But they are a place to start. For each point I will include a brief commentary. You can also jump into the conversation by making comments.
Guest Article by GK Eckert
Songwriting is most definitely a skill. In time, you will come up with many of your own tricks, tools and guidelines. My “three rules of thumb” have proven to be my most valuable tools when it comes to the art of writing songs. Here they are! Continue reading
The Learn How to Write Songs website has many tools to help stimulate songwriting ideas. Here is a collection of those tool in one single post. Keep in mind these tools were not created to automatically write a song for you, they were created to help songwriters acquire ideas to help write a song. Sometimes all that is needed is a simple idea to get started.
Create a Song Prompt
Prompts are a great way to seed an idea. Use the prompt idea as a starting point to create a song story. Here is a song prompt you can start with… Continue reading
What is music?
Music is a succession or combination of organized harmonious sounds.
A sound is anything that can be heard. Music consists of sounds. To make music requires the organization of sounds. If a composer wants to master music it requires careful study and understanding of how music is organized. Continue reading
Taking a look back at 2013 here are the most popular articles on this website.
From Chord Progressions and Lyric Writing tips to Songwriting Challenges and other useful Ideas Tips, we publish a bunch of posts on the Learn How to Write Songs Blog.
These posts may be overflowing with tips, ideas, insights, and more. Your contribution can make this Blog a thriving community of information and discussion.
In case you missed them or forgot to bookmark them for reference and inspiration, here are the Top 10 Learn How to Write Songs Blog Posts of 2013 and don’t forget to leave a comment to join the discussion: Continue reading
When it comes to writing songs there are certain elements that make songs better. Using these elements will supercharge your creativity. Some of these elements may seem obvious but other will be new or you didn’t think about them. As you go though these twelve item examine your current song to see if you can apply these ideas to them. Never be afraid to re-write songs. As you re-write you get better and help polish your song. Continue reading
1) Why do you write songs?
Answering this question will give you the motivation to move forward. It will help define your purpose for songwriting. Knowing the reason why you write songs is a strong motivator. This is especially helpful in those times where you creative energy is low. Know the reason why you write songs. Continue reading
For those of you who like to write songs where the lyrics rhyme, here’s a term you should be familiar with. ‘Rhyme scheme‘ refers to where the rhyming words occur in a verse or a chorus.
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Rhyme Scheme Patterns
Rhyme schemes are simply the pattern of rhymes within a stanza. The rhyme pattern in each verse should match other following verses in the song, but this pattern does not have to be the same in the chorus or bridge and is usually best to be different than the verses. Songs do not have to rhyme, but the vast majority of successful songs do rhyme. Continue reading
Create a system to organize your ideas.
Creative people can have trouble trying to stay organized. Here is a suggestion to help you compile your ideas.
- Get a large box and pile in every matchbook cover, every bar napkin, every scrap of paper, everything on which you ever scribbled a scrap of lyric or an idea.
- Get some large manila envelopes and categorize all the bits of ideas that you have, one envelope labeled “Ballad Ideas”, the next labeled “Rock Ideas”, etc. This will help you when you sit down by yourself or with your team to begin writing. Continue reading
What does a car ride, a wedding ceremony and any great party have in common? Many things probably, but one thing they have in common for sure is songs. Think about it. So many of our daily activities and our special events include special songs.
Think about the things you love to do during the day. Love to watch television? Pretty much any television show is filled with the songs of different musical artists. Do you prefer to go to the mall and shop? If so, take time to listen in each store you enter because you will find that songs make up the background noise at every shopping mall. If you are anything like me you cannot stand being in the car for more than a few minutes without turning on the radio or putting a tape in your player. Why? Because we love to hear songs. The next time you see someone out for a run on your street look closely and you very well might see a small mp3 player or another musical device that is pumping songs of inspiration into their ears as they exercise. Continue reading
Whether you are a teenager or are well into your golden years, it is never too late to explore your creative side, especially if you are interested in music. Songwriting is an excellent way to express your thoughts and feelings and to communicate them to your friends and family, even if you have no aspirations of musical fame or fortune. If you are interested in selling or performing your songs, however, you should be aware that it is a hard road and that very few songwriters achieve great fame or fortune, and especially not instantly. Nonetheless, if you have realistic expectations, you will find that writing music is a worthwhile experience whether it is a hobby or a profession. Continue reading
Over the past few months the Learn How to Write Songs website conducted a poll asking songwriters ‘How Do You Start Writing Songs?‘ The poll listed several common ways songwriters begin creating a song.
The purpose in conducting this poll stems from the different opinions regarding how to start a song. I was curious what was the most popular way and then share it with my readers.
There is no right or wrong way to start writing a song. Each artist has a preference. That is what is revealed here. Whether you start with music, chord or words can influence the outcome of the song. It show that there are diverse ways in which to start writing a song. The most important thing for a songwriter to consider is to just start writing. Continue reading
Songwriting is a creative activity. Sometimes songwriters need a shot of motivation to get creative juices flowing. Here is a list of 19 ways to kick start those creative juices.
1) Make Lists
Lists are great ways to come up with ideas. In the case of songwriting, you can start a list of words and ideas that relate to the song you are working on. Lists can also morph in to process by listing various tasks and placing them in sequential order. Songwriting is a process and a list can help keep you on track.
2) Carry a Notebook Everywhere
You never know when an idea will strike. You could be anywhere and a great song title or song concept will jump out at you. If you have a notebook handy it is a simple task to open it up and write it down. Now you don’t have to rely on your memory to hold that idea. Open your notebook later and you will have your ideas ready to work on. Continue reading
When you love doing something there is motivation to become better at that activity. Songwriting is no exception. Most dedicated songwriters want to become better songwriters. When you approach songwriting with the attitude of getting more knowledge and skills the result will be quality songs.
There are several different elements in songwriting. There is lyric aspect and the musical aspect. The big chicken and egg controversy amongst songwriters is which way to start a song. There are those who start with lyrics and those that begin with music. I guess it depends on the individual on what element to start. Continue reading
A song’s melody is perhaps the most important element of the song. Writing a good melody should not be difficult. However the songwriter must understand certain principles associated with writing a good melody.
The bedrock of music belongs to the melody. One of the most important aspects that make a great song lies in the melody. Melody is what makes a song memorable. Continue reading