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 elements of writing a song.
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, also known as lyrics, is one of the most important elements of writing a song. The next element of a song is the melody. Continue reading
There is an art to songwriting. Every form of art requires a process. A process helps you succeed as a songwriter. To help you improve I’ve complied this songwriting challenge. Go though each step. The ideas presented here provide a basic framework for you to start a new song. Most of the steps presented below were generated from the various songwriting tools available on this web site. There are links to each of these tools. If one of the challenge ideas doesn’t feel right to you, go ahead and explore the songwriting tool for additional possibilities. Above all – Have fun! Continue reading
Chord progressions are a vital part of song writing. Let’s learn how to construct a chord progression for songwriters.
Start with the musical scale
To start out here is a C major scale…
C major Scale
In the illustration each note of the scale is assigned a number form 1 to 7. With the C note being “1”. This is the starting place for creating chords.
Here is the list of names for the other degrees of the scale:
To create a chord, use the basic scale using the numbers to build the chord. The first chord is C. To make a C chord all that is need is to use this simple formula 1-3-5. With each number representing the number in the scale. The C chord is C-E-G. That is the C = 1, E = 3, G = 5. Basically the chord is made up of three note at ever other note interval
This website has several online songwriting 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 looking at these songwriting tools.
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“. This songwriting tool will help you 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
Understanding chord symbols is important in songwriting. Here we will cover the topic of chord symbols and chord construction. While there are many books out there on the market, there is very little explanation of how chords symbols are interpreted. I’d like to share some of my insight with you. In most song sheets chords are given for guitar or keyboard players. Functional names are not used for this purpose. Instead, the root and quality of the chord are given in what may be termed lead-sheet notation (for example, Cmaj and F#min). Continue reading
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