You’ve started to write songs. You really enjoy creating these songs. Up to now it has only been a hobby but now you want to take it more seriously. You’re creating some great sounding songs, but now it’s time to improve your skills as a songwriter. Here are some ways to help you move to the next level in your songwriting.
Learn Music Theory
Understanding music theory can help you with the inner workings of how music is put together. To get start you need to pick up a good music theory book or enroll in lessons. The essence of music theory will help you learn about scales, chords, rhythms, harmony. Learning these elements in music will make you a better songwriter. Continue reading »
The most powerful part of any song is its chorus. A chorus can be in your face or it can be subtle. A poorly written chorus will get lost in the overall song. Therefore it is important to craft a great chorus that stand out in the song you are writing. Here are some tips to help you with writing a great chorus for your song.
1. Bookend the Hook
You need a hook in your chorus. To make it more memorable, place the hook and the start and end of the chorus. This technique is called “book ending”. “Book ending” provides the listener repeated exposure to the main hook. In turn, they have a clear understanding of the key idea of the song. Continue reading »
Great melodies are crucial to great songs. This video will show you how you can easily come up with a solid, memorable melody. you’ll learn an easy technique for writing effective, singable melodies your listeners will be singing, even after your song is over.
Some of the things that I found very useful for songwriting is the use of a musical motif. A motif a short musical phase that is used as a foundation for a melody. For a motif to work it must be repeated several time in the song section. In the video Anthony creates a musical phase based on the motif. The phase is then altered and modified to create some variations. The first variation is to add additional notes to the original motif. The second variation is to shorten the phase by removing some of the notes from the motif. Continue reading »
The song is the foundation of the music business. A great song is vital in building success in the music industry. Another key element is doing because you love writing songs. The beauty of songwriting is it allows you to express your ideas though a creative medium. Taking raw emotion is the seed that can germinate new ideas. You can write about being in love or being angry about a social issue. The song is the vehicle that takes your ideas and turns it into a power tool of communication. With songwriting you have the privilege to freely express yourself as an artist. Within the lyrics of a song is power. Songs have the power to affect people’s lives. The songs you write will impact others in many ways. A well written song will bring the listener to a place of relationship.
Songwriting is a craft. To be good at the songwriting process the songwriter must nurture the skills required. There are several steps in the process of writing songs. Apply each of these to you process.
Start with an Idea
Every song has a genesis. The genesis reveals itself as an idea. Your job as a songwriter is to work with those ideas to create a song lyrics and melody. Ideas can come from anywhere. All you need to be is attentive to the things around you. Use your senses to discover the world around you. Use you eyes to see things happening around you. Listen to the activities that are happening to come up with ideas. As you become aware of the wealth of ideas it is important that you have a way to capture those ideas. Write them down in a journal. You can also dictate them into a record device. Most important is to have a way to retrieve these ideas. Continue reading »
Song lyrics must communicate. Making some of the mistakes presented here will hinder the ability for a song to communicate. These mistakes will confuse the listener. When the listener is confused they will lose interest in a song. A loss of interest is fatal to a song’s ability to be successful. Here are five common mistakes to avoid when writing song lyrics.
1. Avoid Grammar Mistakes
Songwriting is the art of using words to communicate a story. Having song lyrics with proper grammar is important for communicating the story. It is not exempt from the basic rules of grammar. Grammar rules are important. Using grammar correctly will help present the song’s story the best way possible. Some mistakes that can happen include these items. The use of pronouns needs to be consistent in the lyric. Don’t move from “I” to “we” if the story is first person. Another problem is verb tense. If your verse is in the present time don’t use past tense verbs. The next grammar mistake is using sentence fragments. Keep in mind that a sentence has a subject and verb. A prepositional phase is not a sentence, it’s a fragment. These are some of the common grammar mistake that a songwriter needs to avoid when writing lyrics. Continue reading »
Songwriting is a rewarding activity. There is something special with word meets melody meets a great story. In order to get to a finished song several elements must happen. Think of a stool. If some of the legs are missing, it is unstable or unable to stand up. It is like that with songwriting. Several key elements go into writing a song. Here are some of these elements.
Words are what make up the lyric of a song. Lyric is a specific form of poetry that is used in songwriting. The words are the basic elements of a songs story. As a songwriter put together words, a story should be the result. A story is the best way to communicate ideas and thoughts. Words paint a picture for the listener. Words are one element that goes into writing songs. The next element of a song is the melody. Continue reading »
Songwriters write songs because they have something to say. A songwriter is also an artist. When a collection of songs are written, that collection becomes what is known as the artist voice. When writing songs it is important to have your own unique voice.
One important aspect of developing your own unique voice is to be original. There are many ways an artist can be original. To start out you can take an existing concept and think of it in a new way. Take a fresh perspective on this concept and develop it into something different. To do this you need to be inventive. Using things in novel ways will also help you be more original. This transition will build your creative chops. Continue reading »
You’ve written song songs and now you want to record them. The problem you are facing is you lack equipment and software to help you record your songs. On top of that you have a very limited budget. Is there any way you can get started and not spend a ton of money?
Yes, it is possible to do this. The cost of equipment and software can get out of hand. This is especially true if you go for the high end stuff. But there is an alternative that can save you money. You can easily start your own home recording studio that will allow you to capture your songs for a few hundred dollars. Of course there will be some limitation to what you can do. However, with some creativity you can work around these limitations. To get started you need to evaluate your minimum requirements. Keep in mind that you have the choice to either purchase or item or opt to find a free alternative. Here are the components you need to set up your home recording studio. Continue reading »
The digital audio workstation, also known as DAW, is used by recording artist and producer to record, edit and play back digital audio. The DAW consists of four basic components. The first item in the system is a computer. This can be MAC or PC depending on the user’s preference. The second piece of the system is the sound converter/audio interface. This converts the analog sound to digital. The third component is the software. The software provides a GUI that allows the user to work with the digital audio sounds. Finally, there is a requirement for some sort of input device. This can range from a mouse, to MIDI keyboard, microphone or musical instrument. For the best quality sound the computer needs a good sound card; along with a program that allow for editing and processing the audio. The range of software programs vary depending on the features available. The program could be a simple sound editor all the way up to a complete software suite. Continue reading »
Many successful songs are written with a team of songwriters. It is very rare to find someone who writes alone. Collaboration provides a powerful synergy that helps create better songs. This is why you need to be a better collaborator. Taking the time and effort with this skill will pay dividend in these areas artistic, profession as well as social skills. These ideas can be used on a daily basis even outside the realm of artistic endeavors.
Learn how you can use this songwriting software to help you in your music productions. Here is a comprehensive walk through of Cakewalk’s SONAR X2 with Brandon Ryan and Seth Perlstein. Watch and learn the many features that will help you with your audio production. Continue reading »
Learning to write music is nowhere near as hard as learning to write English. Anybody can learn to write music if they have the interest, desire or need. As you learn to write rhythm, write melody and write chords, you are writing music like you write your native language. Then you have the language to write for, compose music and arrange music for saxophones, wind instruments, brass, strings, rhythm section and orchestral instruments.
If you want. You can transpose what you hear and write music down like you’d write down a phone number. One of the best things about being able to write music is being able to write for instruments that you hear playing in your song that you can not play. You simply write music for them and they play for you.
The easiest way to get dozens of musicians to play what you want in two takes is to write music you want them to specifically play. Your musicians will love you. And so too will your listeners and fans. Writing music means people will pay you to arrange and produce their music. You can find out more about writing music at Songwriting Melody Writers
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Working with another songwriter can definitely improve your chances of success. This is because 1) two heads are often better than one, and 2) the person you co-write with may be more advanced and/or better connected than you are, giving you a leg up on getting your songs cut.