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5 Tips to Turn a Guitar Riff Into a Song

March 12th, 2021 by
5 Tips to Turn a Guitar Riff Into a Song

After the first attempt, even the most seasoned guitar players realized that songwriting is a horse of a different color. Don’t be disheartened by the new challenge and its learning curve. A well-composed song is a permanent reflection of you as an artist.

In this post, I’ll share five handy (interconnected) tips that will help you turn a good guitar riff into a great song. Of course, my method isn’t the only way to go about it. But I learned it from the pros and found it to be immensely helpful.

So, with the hope that you can accomplish your creative goals with it, let’s get to it.

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    Here’s a tip on the final stage of the songwriting process, the demo. Keep the songs that you select for your presentation on the demo short. Keep the intro as short as you can and get to the first verse quickly. Aim at keeping the songs to a three or four minute length. While there are no ‘hard and fast’ rules in terms of the length of songs, try this. Listen to your radio with a stopwatch in your hands and time the songs that you hear. This will give you a yardstick for how long a finished, radio-ready song should be. Remember that the songs on your demo will be neither finished nor radio ready. Subsequently, they will be shorter.