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Songwriting: 7 Tips How to Begin Writing Songs

Songwriting Tips Begin Writing Songs Headphones Smartphone MusicEvery new songwriter can feel uninspired and lost at the beginning of this journey. The sole idea of having a blank page you need to fill with fine lyrics is overwhelming. As Peter Braxton, songwriter and an expert at a thesis writing service says: ‘The hard thing is to start the song. When you have an excellent beginning, the rest will just come rushing to you’.  Here are 7 tips to help you begin writing songs.

Writing a song isn’t half as hard as it seems. There is basically no limitation or wrong answer as to how you should begin or which idea you have to pursue. The only forbidden thing is copying other people’s songs. In fact, if you ask any songwriter how they came up with the beginning of their song, they will all struggle to explain their start. Continue reading »

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Songwriting Tools to Outline Song Ideas

Songwriting Tools to Outline Song IdeasWriting a song from start to finish can be a daunting task without tools and strategies. I’d like to share with you one tool for to outline song ideas stemming from an understanding of the structure of our songs. Let’s explore various methods to outline song ideas using different songwriting tools.

Song Structure

When I say song structure, I’m talking about the form.

This is perhaps the most common and widely used structure there is, highly effective in getting right to the main point without much dallying around. Continue reading »

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5 Ways to Get out of Your Songwriting Comfort Zone

songwriting comfort zoneAs songwriters, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. Sometimes you’ll finish a brand new song only to realize that it’s almost exactly like one of the tracks you released a year ago. Stylistic consistency can be a good thing for your brand, but your fans want to hear improvement and growth, not the same sort of thing over and over again, year after year. If you’ve become too attached to your songwriting method, it might be time to get out of your songwriting comfort zone. Here are 4 ways to break out of your shell and try something new as a songwriter. Continue reading »

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What is the best way to start writing lyrics?

start writing lyricsOne of our reader’s asked the following question:

What is the best way to start writing lyrics?

I really appreciate the chance to answer readers questions. One think I believe is helpful is many questions are never asked. Since that never are asked there is no opportunity to answer them. That is why I like reader questions. Many times the question asked could be the one that will help you with your songwriting efforts.

There are several ways to start writing lyrics.  I will do my best to explore each one. Hopefully it will inspire you to write many songs. Continue reading »

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What are the principles of songwriting?

The principles of songwriting include the craft of taking both words and melody to create a song.

For a song to be effective it should tell a compelling story. A story will have certain elements. These story elements include: the setup, the conflict and the resolution. The story is developed through the lyrics.

The melody needs to be strong enough to stand on its own. The melody will enhance the lyric by adding emotional emphasis. In addition to lyrics and melody a song needs a harmonic structure.

The harmonic structure consists of a chord progression. The chord progression is a series of chords that are played behind and enhance the melody.

Another important principle in song writing is song form. The song form divides the song into separate but supporting sections. The song form will include these basic elements: verse, chorus, bridge. There are other song form elements but these are the basic ones.

There is so much more to songwriting, but these are a few basic principles needed to write a song.

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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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What are some good daily songwriting routines that work for you?

The most important thing to do is make a daily appointment with yourself. Keep that appointment everyday. This will create consistency and momentum in your writing. But what to do? Here are a few things to add to the daily routine.

  1. Start a new song. If you have an idea book, use that that to begin writing. Create a title, write lyrics, melody add a chord progression and give the song a form.
  2. Work on existing songs. It is a rare that a song is done in one day. Take an existing song and rework and rewrite it. Make tweaks to the lyrics, melody, chords and form. Make the song better.
  3. Finish a song. Know when a song is complete and finish it. These are just a few things you can do during your daily songwriting routine.
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The Best Songwriting Tips from Famous Musicians

The Best Songwriting Tips from Famous MusiciansWriting a song is a unique creative process, which not only requires talent, but also persistence, passion for music and deep understanding of life. Not every great song was written by a talented musician. It might happen that people practice themselves with songwriting. So, is it possible to train oneself into songwriting? Our answer is “Yes.” Here are some of the best songwriting tips…. Continue reading »

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Top 5 Best Songwriting Software

5 Best Songwriting Software Ableton, Chordpulse, HookPad, Songwriter's Pad, MusescoreSongwriting is a process of writing lyrics and applying models to create a song. This can be a mere hobby or can be something that you can do professionally. Professional songwriters are in demand these days and they are being paid a decent amount for their creative works. But, it does not necessarily mean that only professional songwriters find this field favorable. Even if you are a newbie, there’s still a great chance that you can make great songs like a pro. Aside from your talents, there are tools that can help you learn and excel in this field. These tools include the best songwriting software. Continue reading »

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Tips for Writing a Contemporary Jazz Song

writing a contemporary jazz songThere are many books on the subject of songwriting and it seems that each one has a different way of approaching it. What you might not hear often enough is anyone suggesting to “just do your own thing”. There are many “methods” and “systems”, but in actuality, they are really just that composer’s way of doing their own thing. Sure, the song has to make sense and people have to be able to access it.  In that regard there are similarities among many contemporary songs, whereas they all have verses, choruses and basic song structure. This is where the craft of writing a song comes in, because writing a contemporary jazz song or any song is a craft and an art. Continue reading »

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5 Insane Songwriting Methods To Overcome The Writer’s Block

songwriting methods writer's block pianoThere is nothing more annoying than sitting down to write some music and you end up having no idea of what to write or get stuck somewhere in the middle. Such a scenario can drain the life out of you. Sometimes, you could be having the ideas but as you work on them, they bore you somewhere in the middle and this goes on days, weeks and even months.

You may start to think that you’ve lost your magic touch. Well, that may not be the case. It’s just the usual writer’s block. Here are 5 of the best ways to overcome writer’s block : Continue reading »

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Great Songwriting Resources That You Can Use

Songwriting Resources Music ManuscriptNo matter you are a newbie, or an advanced songwriter, sometimes you may lack an inspiration for songwriting. If this lasts for quite a long time, it can become a real problem for you. There are numerous reasons why this might have happened, but what you should definitely do then, is finding a new resource for your inspiration ASAP. But if you do need to write a song just nowyou may use various songwriting resources available both online and offline can really lend you a helping hand. Here I will outline the most useful ones: Continue reading »

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Songwriting News October

Songwriting News October
October Songwriting News and Events featuring these news stories…

  • The 20 Hottest Songwriters in Pop Music Right Now
  • How To Balance Conversational and Poetic Language In Your Songwriting
  • Universal launches startup ‘Accelerator Network’ in bid to find the next Spotify
  • Will.i.am Joins ‘Mobile Record Label’ Startup Amuse, Talks ‘Defining a New Type of Record Industry’
  • Two Big Mistakes Songwriters Make
  • APRA AMCOS Announces A Bumper Year For Songwriters Thanks To Streaming And Export
  • Incoming Pandora CEO Roger Lynch Shreds With Corporate Bandmates at Aspen Fest: Exclusive Interview
  • Official: Miles Leonard stepping down at Parlophone, Mark Mitchell named Co-President
  • The magic of making hits: The psychology behind and economics of pop culture
  • Should music videos have to disclose product placements?
  • C3 Warn Against “Transparency In Music Licensing And Ownership Act”
  • Scrappy NSAI turns 50, keeps fighting for songwriters in D.C.

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Best Songwriting Articles Learn How to Write Songs Blog 2017

Top Ten List

Taking a look back at 2017 here are the best songwriting articles on the Learn How to Write Songs blog.

There are a variety of subjects that songwriters find useful.  You will find these are the most popular for this year.

These posts are filled with an abundance of tips, ideas, insights written to help you write better songs..

In case you missed these blog posts or neglected to bookmark them for future reference and inspiration, here are the Best  Learn How to Write Songs Blog Posts of 2017 and don’t forget to leave a comment to join the discussion: Continue reading »

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10 Best Resources for Creative Songwriting

creative songwriting guitarThe pressure is immense for a modern songwriter. What if your mind gets blocked? What if you write a song that sounds and feels like another one and you don’t even realize it? You’re under constant pressure to meet the expectations and be more creative.

Well, there’s a good thing in being a modern songwriter: you can get better and more productive thanks to technology. There are great tools and online resources that will boost your creativity. We’ll list 10 of them. Continue reading »

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