Every creative person knows the pain of writer’s block, when they just can’t write a single word or note of music. Songwriters can find it particularly difficult, when their muse seems to have gone on vacation! So they wait and wait for her to return … but it seems as though she never will. But there’s good news for them: creativity is a skill that you can train yourself to acquire. Here’s how to go about it:
1) Bring different ideas together
Often we try to be too logical and only connect things that make sense. So you would write about falling in love with a person, because that’s what you do in real life. But what about falling in love with a flower, the sky, or your favorite meal? It’s the popular management-speak of “thinking outside the box”; moving away from the obvious connections can give you some amazing ideas and produce compelling lyrics.
There are also other ways of awakening your creative mind than just sitting down and trying to write lyrics. Improvised comedy workshops can be immensely helpful in encouraging your creativity, because you have to constantly and quickly come up with ideas. In improv, the craziest things are put together, because that’s what’s amusing – and you’ll soon find that outside the workshops you’re able to come up with lots of ideas that you can use for your creative work. Continue reading
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.
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
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
If there is anything that keeps a songwriter from realizing success is the attitude of confidence. A positive attitude can only take you so far. You must have full confidence in your ability to write songs.
You may ask yourself “How can I have that confidence?” You may feel that you suck at songwriting or you believe that other successful songwriter’s don’t struggle at their craft. Well here some advice – Get over it!
The truth is nearly every songwriter struggles with songwriting. Struggling with self-esteem means you are looking at how you compare with other songwriter’s and using that to measure your success. As a result you become your own worse enemy.
This website has several online tools to help you write and create songs. These tools will help jump start your songwriting efforts. We will explore each one of the tool in a step by step fashion. So lets get started.
Step 1: Getting a title
Every song needs a strong title. Oftentimes this is the first spark of inspiration. Titles can be found just about anywhere. To help you get song title ideas go to the “Random Song Title Generator“. Here you will find a series of titles randomly generated. Some may seem silly or don’t make sense. But as you go through the list there may be something that appeals to you. Make that your title. Add this to a new document in your favorite text editor. Continue reading