Songwriting Flowchart Outlines Creative Process for Better Songs

Songwriting Flowchart
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This info-graphic songwriting flowchart demonstrates the process flow of the songwriting process.  Use this flowchart to navigate the songwriting process from start to finish.

17 Comments on “Songwriting Flowchart Outlines Creative Process for Better Songs

  1. Hello, I am fairly new to all of this, but when you say “develop a rhythm pattern to the notes”, could you explain that in a little more detail aimed toward a beginner, please and thank you.

    • When composing a melody each note has 2 values. The first is pitch which is the audible frequency. The second is the duration of the note. That is how long in time the note is. When a series of sounds are performed in sequence one after the other, a rhythm pattern is established. To reinforce the rhythm, repeat is several times in the melody.

      Let us use two different sounds to create a simple rhythm. The first sound is TA. The second is TI with a duration that is 1/2 of TA. Each the example below example will fill a measure of music. TA = Quarter Note, TI = eight note

      Example 1
      TA TA TA TA

      Example 2
      TA TA TI TI TA

      Example 3

      There is an abundance of combination that can be created.

      Rhythm Example

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    • Keep in mind that 4-6 is only a suggestion. You can use as few or an many chord changes as you want. The main reason is simplicity sake.

      When looking at music theory and the major scale there are only 7 notes. When it comes to building chords off the scale there are essentially only 7 chords. 3 are major chords, 3 are minor chords and one is a diminished chord. Diminished chords are rarely used in modern music so that leaves 6 chords to work with. Also each of the major chords has a relative minor associated with it. In the key of C, the Am is relative to the C (which are tonics), the Em is relative to the G and the Bdim is (Which are dominants) and the Dm is relative to the F (which are sub-dominants). Each of these classes of chord will naturally move from one class to the other. For more detailed explanation go to

      Of course if the genre that you write in is 12 tone atonal, jazz, experimental, prog rock use as many chords that make the song sound its best.

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  4. I want to know where can a unknown songwriter from out of nowhere can get his or her music published? Everybody is somebody!!

    • Once your song is put into the marketplace it is technically published. This would also include posting songs on sites like MySpace, SoundCloud, and others. With that in mind, it would be a good ideas to join a PRO like ASCAP, BMI, SESAC. If you want to get a publisher to represent your songs you should Google ‘song publisher’ to start you on the path. Also be on the lookout for Song Pitches. Until you get a publisher consider yourself as the publisher.

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