Three Easy Yet Powerful Songwriting Ideas

Writing a song can be a rewarding experience. Here are three ideas that will help you write better songs. They are simple and easy to execute. Your comments and feedback is much appreciated.

After you write a song do you experience the feeling of frustration? Do you think your songs have to adapt to a certain standard before they are any good? To what criterion do you compare your song? You may find you have an unrealistic expectation of yourself or what you think a song is or should be.

If you are fed up with the songs you have written or imagine your songs are not what they should be, try these three songwriting tips to focus your attention on clarifying what you think you want to gain from your songs.

1. The Road to Success Means Establishing Your Habit Of Songwriting.

What is your method of getting new ideas? Repetition is key in developing a habit. The more you get into the habit of writing down lyrics in a journal that you take with you at all times, the more likely you are to write down lyrics in it that you carry with you at all times. Because ideas come at any time, it is a good habit to write down your song ideas whenever inspiration hits you.

2. What is your primary reason for writing a song?

What do you want the song to express in your song? Don’t exclude this, the answer to this question in really important. If you know why you are doing something, your course will be a lot clearer. For example, do you see yourself performing on some late night TV rock show with the audience going crazy for more, or do you want to write a romantic love song to impress your partner? Perhaps you want to play your song at the local bar or coffee house? The answer will mold your execution and your writing mode.

3. What Ever You Do Make Sure You Write About What You Know.

Can you take a chord progression and improvise over it? Do you know how to connect turn tables and drum machines together to a whole bundle of midi equipment to pump out awesome beats? It does not matter. You will discover that your songs will have more impact as you take the courage to be who you are. Use your current talents an be genuine to who you are today.

Your ideas could be in the pattern of a lyric, a sound you heard in the street, an distinctive chord change you heard on the radio or a rhythm your sister was tapping out on her water glass. Doing this will allow you to consult your own wisdom when you need it. These gems will give you the style for your song.

Taking each of these three songwriting tips and disciplining yourself to take action, will provide self-confidence in your music and yourself. Be authentic to yourself when writing your songs. Whether you are beating out a rhythm on a pair of spoons or bowing an upright punk guitar accompanied by someone tap dancing in a different time signature, songwriting is subjective. Keep on being authentic as you explore your craft, eventually you will connect with individuals that love your music, even though you will still find those who will try to trash it. The most important question you need to ask yourself at the end of the day is, do you like it?

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