Here 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…)
Writing songs is usually a personal process. What works for you may not work for others, which is why most composers write their song. Writing songs is the process of discovering sound, melody, and lyrics that harmoniously complement each other. With this in mind, here are 10 tips on composing music: (more…)
Songwriters may often ask themselves, “What makes a song great?” The answer to that question can make the difference between a mediocre song and an amazing song. Hopefully, once you finish reading this post you will be on the path the write great songs. This is not a new topic it has been written about by many experts in the industry. Trying to unravel the right formula is a lot like hitting a moving target. Taste change, technology changes making it difficult to nail down the right formula. (more…)
Decide for which target audience when you write music for your song
If you write a music only for yourself, you are not limited in your self- expression. But if you are composing music for other people, it should be understandable for them also. For example, the songs in a rock style won’t be accepted by a large number of elderly people, while tracks in chanson style will be pleasant for them. (more…)
An earworm is best described as a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person’s mind after it is no longer playing. There are several phases describing an earworm. These descriptions include…
musical imagery repetition,
involuntary musical imagery, and
stuck song syndrome.
Musicians and people with OCD most commonly suffer from earworm attacks. An earworm involves a small portion of a song, a hook. That auditory portion is equal to the memory capacity of the victim’s auditory short-term memory. (more…)
The Learn How to Write Songs website has many songwriting tools to help stimulate creative 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. Here are app you can use to build songs…
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… (more…)
When it comes to writing songs there are certain elements that make supercharge your songwriting. 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. (more…)
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. This is one of the most important aspects that make a great song. It is what makes a song memorable. (more…)
Here is a technique you can use to create and compose melodies. All you need is a few everyday items to create an unlimited number of melodic ideas. This will help you when you need to generate new ideas. Here is what you will need to get started:
In this post we will explore Songwriting Rhythm Patterns. When a composer writes a melody they work with two basic elements. These elements are tone and rhythm. Tone is the pitch and rhythm is the duration of the note being played. Let’s take a look at rhythm. For this exercise I limited shortest note duration to a quarter note. What I found was there are only 16 rhythm pattern combinations. In the info-graphic is the result of those patterns. (more…)
There is a universal love for music built into the soul of mankind. From the very day we are born to the day we die, music surrounds our lives. Music is a universal language that affects the way we act or feel. As a music composer, it is important to understand the fundamental elements that make music. To get understanding, there are three key elements that make music what it is. These elements include: (more…)
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.
Use A Musical Motif
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. (more…)
In this post we will explore six building blocks for superior music composition. Each element builds on the other. As well as each depends on the other. To forget or miss one of these elements will result in less than satisfactory results. To get started we will look at the element of time.
Music is an art form that is based and exists in time. When a piece of music is performed it passes through time. The structure of music is built on the stage of time. As such, the musical form measurements are divided into many sequential events.
Just like a ruler with feet and inches, time can be split into individual units of measurements. This concept creates a System of Measurement of different lengths of tones. And a rhythmic condition is clearly defined. Think of time as a canvas. Drawn on this canvas is musical melody lines. (more…)
Mailing yourself a copy of the songs you have written is a good idea, but don’t rely on this as your primary means of protection. The point of doing this is to indisputably prove that you are the originator of the work in question. However, you need to be prepared to verify under oath that the envelope hasn’t been opened and that the seal on it is intact. Do not use staples or tape, as these can be manipulated. It’s best to seal the envelope as you normally would and then sign your name across the seal in such a way that if the seal is broken, the writing is disturbed.