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What is the best way to start writing lyrics?

June 12th, 2018 by

start writing lyricsOne of our reader’s asked the following question:

What is the best way to start writing lyrics?

I really appreciate the chance to answer readers questions. One think I believe is helpful is many questions are never asked. Since that never are asked there is no opportunity to answer them. That is why I like reader questions. Many times the question asked could be the one that will help you with your songwriting efforts.

There are several ways to start writing lyrics.  I will do my best to explore each one. Hopefully it will inspire you to write many songs. (more…)

What is the Best Way to Begin songs?

May 29th, 2018 by

begin songs - Songwriting FlowchartHere is a question from a songwriter regard how to begin songs.

Do you need to have music before you can write the lyrics or do you work the music around the lyrics?

This is one of the most common questions beginning songwriters ask. Keep in mind that songwriting is a unique craft that bring words and music into unison.  Words are matched up with a melody to create a song.

The short answer is you can begin either way.  You can begin with the lyrics or begin with the melody.  Every songwriter has a preference.  There is no right or wrong answer in regards to how to begin songs.  Regardless of how you begin songs the most important is to get started. (more…)

3 Ways to Use Poetry to Improve Songwriting Skills

March 10th, 2018 by

3 Ways to Use Poetry to Improve Songwriting SkillsPoetry and songwriting are undoubtedly related. But, unlike what many think, songwriting does not come from poetry or vice versa. The difference between these two lies in the fact that the first is created mainly for reading, while the second for listening. According to Writer’s digest, all the remaining differences are consequences of this difference. (more…)

Lyric Writing Tools You Should Add to Your Songwriting Toolbox

May 15th, 2013 by

hammer-nail Lyric Writing Tools You Should Add to Your Songwriting Toolbox
Tools make things easier. That is why lyric writing tools are so important in the song creation process. Imagine trying to drive a nail into a board with your fist.  Not only would it be painful, it would not do the job properly. Now imagine driving that same nail using a hammer.  It is so much easier to accomplish the task using the correct tool.  As a songwriter you need lyric writing tools.

Having the proper tools is vital to the songwriting process. Taking the nail example, imagine again driving the nail into the board.  Except this time use a screwdriver.  Obviously the screwdriver is ineffective in driving the nail.  The same thing is true with lyric writing tools.  It is important to use the right tool. (more…)

9 Simple Tips Teach You How to Write a Great Song Chorus

April 20th, 2013 by

Writing a Great Song Chorus Write Your Ideas
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 ideas on how to write a great song chorus.

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. (more…)

Top 5 Common Song Lyric Mistakes To Avoid Right Now

March 30th, 2013 by

Song Lyric Mistakes Off TargetSong lyrics must communicate. Making some of the song lyric 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 song lyric 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. (more…)

When Songwriting Lyrics Unique Voice is Important

March 20th, 2013 by

Unique Being Different -Stand out in the crowdSongwriters 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.

Be Original

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. (more…)

Rhyme Patterns and Types Used in Songwriting

December 13th, 2012 by

Fifteen Rhyme PatternsOne fundamental part of a song is its rhyme patterns. This poetic device helps provide appeal to the song’s lyric. Lyrics are written according to certain patterns. These patterns are fairly predictable. That is because rhymes work in a manner that the listener expects to hear.

Do all lines in a song lyric need to rhyme? Not necessarily. With songwriting there is a unique balance between predictability and surprise. If there is too much predictability, then the song can sound trite, boring or uninspiring. On the other end of the spectrum, a song with too many surprises will lend itself to confusion and chaos.

When writing songs, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. You can begin with structures that are proven and work within that framework. As a jumping point for writing a song you can start with some common rhyme schemes. Most song verses will have 4 to 6 lines. (more…)

Are You Missing Memorable Melodies In Your Song?

July 11th, 2012 by

Writing Memorable Melodies

Are You Missing This Valuable _________ memorable ________ Step?

According to hit songwriter, Jason Blume, the The First Four Steps  to Songwriting  Success Are:

  1. Developing successful song structures
  2. Writing effective lyrics
  3. _______ memorable ________
  4. Producing successful demos

Are you missing step 3?

I don’t know about you but I have been looking high and low for information on how to

_________ memorable ________

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  • Songwriter Tip:

    If the foundation of the song is a well-defined structure, the building blocks are the words. Not just any words will do. The words that you use should be ‘associative words’, words that connote specific images and meanings. Before you write the first line of your lyric, hold a brainstorming session to come up with associative words, provocative phrases, etc. all of which lead to the title concept.