What are some important aspects of the songwriting process?

Songwriting involves several disciplines. These include the ability to write a good story. Take that story an turn it into lyrics. The lyric need to have meter and rhyme. Then the words are fused with a melody. Therefore it’s important to write music. A knowledge of music theory is helpful in creating chord progressions. Then the song needs to take some sort of form like: Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus. Then there is the production where the song is recorded. Each of these elements come together in create a song.

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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.