When it comes to writing songs there are certain tasks that will help improve the working process. This working process will help build a better work ethic. Songwriting is a process and certain processes will guide the songwriting. Here are song things to consider when writing songs.
1. Have a specific concept or idea in mind
Always have a specific purpose in mind before you begin writing a song. You need to be clear and focus on what your song’s purpose is. Is the song about an issue you have great passion? Is it about a relationship? Is it about a specific event? Know this before you begin.
2. Know your audience
Before creating a song, understand who your audience is. What are their experience, their interest, and their wants in the chosen genre? Each age group and cultures have common experiences. Know what is important to that segment of the population will make your song appropriate for your audience
3. Develop a detailed story outline first
Now that you have a purpose and know your audience, you can state to outline the song story. Then flesh out the details regarding who the song is about. Create the scene where the song takes place. Identify the problem and then how it is resolved. Start to build the song structure.
4. Stop your listener in his tracks with your title
Your title should grab the listener’s attention and ‘force’ her to listen to the song Powerful title help set the stage. It will give you something to write around.
5. Start your song with a catchy hook.
A song needs to grab the listener’s attention a quickly a possible. Starting a song with a hook will force the listener to pay attention. The hook can be different things. It could be a musical riff, a unique beat or sound.
6. Keep clichés to a minimum
If possible, avoid clichés as well as prejudices and insinuations. These phases tend to be overused and trite.
7. Make your song personal
Speak direct to the listener. In a study if was found that a vast majority of hit songs used the word: ‘you’. As the listener is listening to the song they should feel some sort of connection to the song. They need to know that you have the same problems and goals than him.
8. Keep lyric lines short and simple.
Using short and simple lyric lines will make the song easy to sing. They are also easier to create melodies. A song is not an essay. There is art and beauty when word economy is used.
9. Have someone from the audience critique your song.
Who can give you a better feedback than someone from your target population? Have someone you respect to give you honest feedback on the song. Their perspective can help fix any problem in the song.
10. Spend more time rewriting than writing.
This is one of the most important steps in songwriting. If you want to be the best you must be willing to rewrite your songs. Rarely can someone write a great song on the first try. The process will help refine and polish the song. For some the song is their baby flaws and all. Remember you song needs to communicate and rewrite will only make it better.
11. Keep on writing song
The more you write songs, the better you will get. As time progresses, when you are in the habit of songwriting it will become much easier!
All of these songwriting tips can be implement right now, and I would love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment, and even suggest your own tips and tricks.