What nobody tells you about songwriting? If you are an aspiring songwriter, you might have asked yourself this question. Are there some things that you should know before you thread this career? Is this path even worth pursuing for? Well, these queries surely need elucidation. After all, it would be bad to leave amateurs clueless and blindsided.
It is a common sight that songwriters don’t get enough training to get them started. In fact, we could say that it is formal education regarding songwriting is a rare thing. You can only get it if you enroll in music schools. Of course, we have to emphasize that not all music academies will offer such course. Continue reading »
Having a knack for songwriting is a gift. Being able to share that gift with the people is a blessing. Most amateur songwriters join in a song-writing contest to be able to showcase their talent to the people. Well, it’s nice to have people listen to your song, but it would be better if you would win that contest and be given an opportunity to share your song to a wider market. What are the things to consider when joining a songwriting contest? Read on and keep this list in mind. 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. Continue reading »
Here is an article by GK Eckert on 3 Rules of Thumbs on how to write songs. These rules can be quite useful during the songwriting process. Are these the only rules? Not really, But they are a place to start. For each point I will include a brief commentary. You can also jump into the conversation by making comments.
Guest Article by GK Eckert
Songwriting is most definitely a skill. In time, you will come up with many of your own tricks, tools and guidelines. My “three rules of thumb” have proven to be my most valuable tools when it comes to the art of writing songs. Here they are! Continue reading »
When it comes to writing songs there are certain elements that make songs better. 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. Continue reading »
Whether you are a teenager or are well into your golden years, it is never too late to explore your creative side, especially if you are interested in music. Songwriting is an excellent way to express your thoughts and feelings and to communicate them to your friends and family, even if you have no aspirations of musical fame or fortune. If you are interested in selling or performing your songs, however, you should be aware that it is a hard road and that very few songwriters achieve great fame or fortune, and especially not instantly. Nonetheless, if you have realistic expectations, you will find that writing music is a worthwhile experience whether it is a hobby or a profession. Continue reading »
Over the past few months the Learn How to Write Songs website conducted a poll asking songwriters ‘How Do You Start Writing Songs?‘ The poll listed several common ways songwriters begin creating a song.
The purpose in conducting this poll stems from the different opinions regarding how to start a song. I was curious what was the most popular way and then share it with my readers.
There is no right or wrong way to start writing a song. Each artist has a preference. That is what is revealed here. Whether you start with music, chord or words can influence the outcome of the song. It show that there are diverse ways in which to start writing a song. The most important thing for a songwriter to consider is to just start writing. Continue reading »
Songwriting is a creative activity. Sometimes songwriters need a shot of motivation to get creative juices flowing. Here is a list of 19 ways to kick start those creative juices.
1) Make Lists
Lists are great ways to come up with ideas. In the case of songwriting, you can start a list of words and ideas that relate to the song you are working on. Lists can also morph in to process by listing various tasks and placing them in sequential order. Songwriting is a process and a list can help keep you on track.
2) Carry a Notebook Everywhere
You never know when an idea will strike. You could be anywhere and a great song title or song concept will jump out at you. If you have a notebook handy it is a simple task to open it up and write it down. Now you don’t have to rely on your memory to hold that idea. Open your notebook later and you will have your ideas ready to work on. Continue reading »
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 »
If you have a desire to write great songs it is vital that you improve your ability to write songs. Learning how to write great songs in not really that difficult to do. Learn what other great songwriters are doing and emulate what they do. That way you are not re-inventing the wheel. Listen and learn from successful songwriters and study what works.
Listen to what works
The first step that will help you write better songs is to listen to the radio or Internet music sites. Go to the Billboard Music Charts to discover what songs people like. Know what people like will give you ideas of what makes a successful song. It will give you a pulse of the current trends. This is especially true if you write songs in a specific genre. Continue reading »
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 to build a tool kit.
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. 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 »
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 »
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 »
The Bridge of a song functions much like any other bridge. It is a transitional feature that moves a person from one place to another. In most songs, the Bridge moves the listener from the second to the third chorus, providing contrast and building toward the last repetition of your hook and chorus. The Bridge can also be called a release or a break because it provides relief from the repetition of the verse and chorus melodies and helps to hold the listeners’ attention all the way to the end of the song.