How to write a song – Step by Step Songwriting Tips and Ideas


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Do you want to know how to write a song ?
Either writing the lyrics or melody ?
Once you reach the end of this Step by Step
guide about how to write a song :
you’ll be able to write songs of any kind.
So let’s begin:
Singing might be your hobby or profession,
that doesn’t matter. Does it?
All we care about is learning as much as we
can about the singing process.
Singing is such a huge field and it takes a
complete life of experience to be called an
expert in singing.
We keep learning and learning, but the good
thing is when we share the stuff we know,
to help others who don’t have much
resources, this is what I’m doing on this
blog.
In my last article I told about how an
absolutely beginner person can start with
singing and what they need to learn to sing
like a pro.
It was pretty fun writing that article.
Now here’s the deal:
Today, I’ve got something more advanced and
it is going to be much more fun to write
about it.
You might be saying that to yourself, “ I
want to write a song”. If so, then you’re at
the right place.
You know what?
You’re going to learn how you can write a
song.
I will also provide you some songwriting tips
at the end of this article, and will give you
ideas so that you can write your own songs.
At the start they can be bad, but practice
makes perfect.
Never get disappointed at your first attempt.
Keep trying until you succeed in achieving
whatever your aim or goal is.
So, in short, I will tell you step by step the
complete process of writing a song lyrics.
I’m sure you’re all going to enjoy this
article.
Let’s start with the absolute beginner
concepts so everything over here can
properly understand everything going on.
You already know this stuff?
Even for people who know about these
things can review the information and
enhance their concepts.
But if you want to skip, then the choice is
yours!
let’s do it:
Let’s call them the Core concepts of writing
a song .
In all this text below, you’ll learn How to
write a great song.
1) SONG AND MUSIC
Song is any musical sample sung in a human
voice, that has a certain musical pattern
and gives certain and fixed ups and downs
in music using silence and sound patterns, it
usually consists of a number of different
patterns that includes repetition of different
musical parts.
Boring stuff? Huh… let’s make it simple
In simple words, anything that is sung in
human voice and has certain musical
elements is called as a song.
The words that are being sung by the singer
during the song are generally called as the
lyrics.
In simple words the written form of the song
is called lyrics.
We’re going to talk about lyrics in detail
later in article.
But for now, let’s start by defining some of
the terms used in songs and music.
1.1) TYPES OF MUSIC (SONGS)
If we talk about music there are three main
types which can describe the music, these
are not genres, of course.
We’ll talk about genres in the next section.
But here’s let’s fit the tern “types of music”
in a box by defining these three types of
musical songs.
1.1.1) ART MUSIC SONGS
Art songs are the songs that are such by
classical singers.
The major difference of these songs from
the other ones is that these songs are sung
on the basis of poetry.
Interesting stuff
This is the main distinction of art songs or
classical songs.
These songs are very difficult to sing for
some reasons:
As they require the singer to have a good
understanding and grip on the language in
which the song is.
The vocal techniques being used in the song
and also the understanding of poetry for
better interpretation of the musical
elements of the song and ups and downs on
the base of poetry.
These songs are often regarded as the
traditional songs,
they are part of many traditions, including
the tradition of European countries.
The art songs may be sung solo, but it
generally requires the accompaniment of
piano etc.
1.1.2) FOLK MUSIC SONGS
Folk songs, are now called traditional music
songs in the modern world
They generally consist of both traditional
(cultural) songs and also genres (which
started since the 20th century).
The term folk music was introduced at the
time somewhere around 19th century,
but it is also used to describe song types
for songs which are older than that.
When we talk about this music as a
traditional music, then music is also called
as a music without a composer.
Some genres of this type of music are folk
metal, folk metal and folk rock, etc.
This music is regarded as a cultural music
and is affiliated with different cultures
throughout the world.
1.1.3) POPULAR MUSIC SONGS
Popular songs are the type of songs which
we talk about when we say the term song in
general.
It is any style or genre of music that is
accessible by the public and is featured on
TV, Radio, Internet and billboards.
In short, this music is popular and
accessible to everyone all around.
It is spread by mass media. In addition to
singers and songwriters, this popular music
is produced by music producers.
Don’t worry my friend, just a little boring
stuff then the actual game begins:
Okay, so now let’s get to the music genres.
1.2) MUSIC GENRES
Genre is a type or category of music on the
base of which music can be divided into
different types.
These types themselves are called as a
genre.
Music is divided into several hundreds of
different genres because of some
specificity difference between them.
As of now, there are approximately 1,264
different genres of music.
Holy crap that’s huge. Isn’t it?
So making a list of these genres would be
totally not possible.
But, let me just give you the names of some
of the most popular genres because it is
important to know the genre of music before
starting to write the song.
Here are some genres of music:
1. Rock
2. R&B (Hip Hop)
3. Pop
4. Country
5. Dance (EDM)
6. Christian (Gospel)
7. Holiday (Seasonal)
8. Latin
9. Classical
10. Children
This list is based upon the popularity of
these genres.
For, better understanding I’m attaching a
video, this video is made by Viva la Cruz, all
credit goes to him:
2) SONGWRITING
The process of writing the song is called
songwriting.
It usually includes a few things such as
writing lyrics, chord and writing the melody
(music).
Each of these things is equally important,
and you must understand in detail what
these things are for you to get started with
the songwriting process.
So, simply, we can define songwriter as the
person who writes the song, its lyrics, music
and chord.
A songwriter is also called as a composer.
A songwriter is the person who is
responsible for the excellence of the song,
if the songwriting process was optimal then
the results will also be amazing for sure.
A songwriter has to consider different
things that are used for writing songs.
People who are new to writing songs are
always looking for some songwriting tips .
Don’t worry!
I’ll provide you with some valuable tips as
we go through the article.
There are a few things that people do to get
the most awesome results possible:
let’s say that a songwriter is very good in
writing song lyrics,
he excels in this skill. He’s the dude
but he is not that much good at writing the
melody.
So he pairs up with another songwriter,
who is an expert in writing melody for the
songs but has not got much skill for writing
lyrics.
So, together they make a perfect team and
do the thing in which they are best.
It is one of the top tips given to
songwriters, that they build up their skills in
one thing, either in writing lyrics or in
writing melody.
But, that’s more than nice if you want to do
both the things.
Obviously, you need to have in depth
understanding of both the things for you to
do good.
So, here’s the big deal, there is a really
detailed video about songwriting it is called
Songwriting Workshop I with Larry Dvoskin.
All the credit for this amazing video goes to
CUNYQueensborough, you may search for
them on Youtube to find more of their great
videos.
The video below is over an hour having lots
of interesting information that might be
useful for you. So, give it a watch:
Watched it already?
I’m sure that was fun!
After watching the workshop one, you can
watch the Songwriting Workshop II with
Larry Dvoskin.
Good or bad news? you name it because this
video is even bigger. It is about 1.5 hours
of great quality content.
That’s not all folks, this training continues
to another video, so you got a lot to learn.
Here is Songwriting Workshop III with Larry
Dvoskin:
2.1) SOME BASIC CONCEPTS
FOR SONGWRITING
There are many things which could be
considered over here.
But let’s talk about the ones which are
important.
So here they are:
2.1.1) LYRICS
So, the first thing I want to talk about, are
the lyrics.
As you already know, the words that are
sung by the singer in the song are the
lyrics.
So, definitely it is the most important thing
to be considered because the lyrics are the
thing which makes people love the song or
not.
Even if the song isn’t very great, but the
lyrics can touch the heart of people and
they will love the song.
So, it is very important to consider lyrics in
the songwriting process.
Later in this article you’ll learn How to write
lyrics , that will help you in writing a song of
your own.
Here are some types of lyrics that you must
understand:
2.1.1.1) POETIC LYRICS
When you’re writing lyrics, keep this in mind:
Add textual beauty to your lyrics you by
using poetic lines in your lyrics, it makes it
sound much better.
It increases the beauty of the lyrics, but
don’t use too much poetry that goes above
the heads of the listeners.
There can be different meanings for each
word and they must be used in a way that
makes it clear and easily understandable.
In a nutshell:
Poetical lyrics are those lines that add
textual beauty to your song lyrics and
creates a good rhythm in it.
It means they should be in flow and don’t
disturb the lyrics, they kind of add an art
and ultimately artistic value to your songs.
2.1.1.2) CONVERSATIONAL LYRICS
In simple words, Conversational lyrics are
the lines in which the singer interacts or
engages with the audience directly.
The Singer can be talking to the audience or
any other character of the song,
it can be in a poetical manner too, but the
main purpose of the conversational lyrics is
to interact with the actual audience.
You might have observed a singer using the
word “you” for talking to you,
it is where the conversational lyrics are
used and it adds value to the song.
2.1.1.3) ACTION LYRICS
Action lyrics always consist of verbs, so
their main identification are verbs.
When the lyrics are exactly telling play to
play about what is going on,
it means that the action lyrics are being
used for this purpose.
It can also consist of poetical lyrics and
figurative speech language.
2.1.2) MELODY
Melody is a sequence of linear musical
pattern, in simple words it is the order of
musical tones, voices, the ups and downs of
the song.
The music you hear in the songs is the
melody. In simple words, the melody is a
combination of rhythm and pitch.
2.1.3) CHORD
A chord is a harmonic set of three or more
notes, the chord includes notes played one
after another, and not at the same time.
Chords are now normally used in the modern
music.
3) STEP 1 – OBSERVING
What I mean by observing?
I meant, before you start writing your own
song lyrics,
You have to observe the people who are
masters and experts in this field.
Why would you do that?
So, you can understand what works and
what doesn’t work properly.
It is really important that you understand the
musical trends, and the flow of the lyrics.
There are a few points that you would
understand once you closely observe the
lyrics of some popular songs.
You would learn how they keep the lyrics in
flow, how they use words and it will
definitely help you in getting a crude idea of
how you should write your own song lyrics.
There are still some things that you need to
keep in consideration before starting the
observing process.
Of course, you don’t want to start
observing the type of songs that you don’t
want to write.
You will only focus on the genre and types
of songs that you want to write.
So, that’s what I’m talking about. Keep
these things in mind:
The type and genre of song
The popularity and fame level of song
you want to observe
Get ready to take notes of the things
that you think makes that song an
amazing song
That’s all. This all needs to be done before
you start observing songs.
Now the first thing you need to do is to
select a song.
Once selected, you need to closely observe
it.
You just don’t have to listen to it.
You will need to have a deep understanding
of the song, its ups and downs, emotions,
lyrics, music, melody, and everything that
you think makes that song a good song.
You have to think why people like that song.
Most importantly:
After all that, don’t just rely on one
observation.
Observe many and many songs of the same
type and genre from different composers
and musicians.
This will help you to understand the reasons
for popularity to a greater extent.
To find out distinct popularity reasons, look
for the similarities in all the songs.
The major similarities will help you to
determine the reason why people are doing
a certain thing.
Yes, you guessed it, they are doing it
because it is liked by people.
By focusing on that particular thing you can
give your song a lot of boost.
It is certain that if a specific thing is being
done in almost all the popular songs of your
genre, and people are getting crazy listening
to those songs.
then what’s the bottom line?
The bottom line is that you should try to do
that thing in your song too.
You can also listen to those songs which
have some poetical lines,
those are very powerful and can be very
effective, depending upon which type of
genre you’ve chosen.
Also, if the popular songs don’t have any
poetry or poetical lines, you can try and see
if you can make something new with this
powerful asset that you have.
4) STEP 2 – STRUCTURE
A song structure is a very important thing
on which you would like to contribute some
of your time, if you take some time and
decide the structure of a song.
In the observation stage you would also
observe the song structures of some
popular songs out there.
Well, to explain in some easy words a song
structure consists of different sections of a
song that are repeated.
They have some definite elements that
everyone uses in different ways.
But the structure of the song is very
important to make your song stand out from
the rest of ordinary songs.
The popular song composers use a specific
type of structure of their songs so that they
can get the most out of their songs.
Now, I would like to discuss some of the
elements of structure of the song.
Understanding these elements will give you a
better acknowledgement of song structure.
After that you’ll be able to write a perfect
Song structure, and you’ll know how to
write a song format or structure.
You know what’s great?
Busy Works Beats .TV has made an amazing
video explaining the song structure.
The Video is made entirely by them, so credit
goes to them.
We’re just sharing the great things over
here, so that you can understand the
concepts in a great and interactive way:
4.1) INTRODUCTION
The introduction is the unique part of every
song that is usually used to start the song.
It is the beginning part of the song,
generally the begging and starting part of
the songs do not have any words, or lyrics.
It only has music. You might observe some
songs for this, all the songs that you will
observe will only have music and no words.
So, you’ll have to keep that in mind for
structuring your song properly.
4.2) VERSES
Verses are the lines of any song, they are
generally the poetical lyrics of the song that
often consists of ABAB or AABB sounds, it
always has a rhyme.
Let’s say that two or more parts (sections)
of a song have almost the same musical
pattern, but different lyrics, then each of
these sections is called a verse.
4.3) PRE-CHORUS
Pre-Chorus, which is also called as build,
channel or transitional bridge is the optional
part of a song structure, it is the
intermediate or connecting part that
connects a verse with a chorus.
It is harmonically probing that will further
lead to a full chorus, it is just used to
introduce a complete chorus, often effective
in certain cases depending upon verses and
chorus.
4.4) CHORUS
The part of the song that contains the title,
and that plays more than once in a song is
called as Chorus.
The chorus is basically the main idea of the
song, it contains the whole story or picture
of the song, it has the idea of the feelings
that are being expressed with lyrics and
music.
The chorus is repeated again and again in
the song, you might have guessed it by now,
when you hear a song, the main idea of the
song repeats again and again.
It is generally the title or hook of the song.
In simple words:
the chorus is that lyrical and musical part of
the song that repeats again and again (at
least more than once) in the song.
It often has more power and strength than
the verse and other sections of the song. It
contains the powerful lyrics, or the title
lyrics of the song.
4.4.1) REFRAIN
The refrain is a single word, phrase, or
emotion that does the job of linking or tying
the song together.
A refrain is repeated again and again, but it
is only a single word, or a phrase, but the
chorus contains of many words and
phrases.
4.4) BRIDGE
A bridge, which is also called as a transition
is the tool that is used to keep the listener’s
attention in a song by breaking the
repeating pattern of the song.
In the bridge the musical and lyrical pattern
of the song changes.
Think of a bridge between two cities that
are different from each other, when you
cross the bridge you’re in the other city.
Similarly, the bridge in song structure refers
to that part of the song which is just to
break a repetitive sequence or pattern of
the song and to start a new musical and
lyrical pattern.
4.5) EXAMPLE SONG
STRUCTURE
Tired with the boring stuff?
Need some examples? Here they are:
Let me give you some examples of song
structures of some very popular songs out
there belonging to different genres.
So that you can understand the song
structure based on any of your genre.
But, I would like you to keep in mind one
thing:
You can’t make a song awesome by just
copying the song structure.
Every song demands a unique song
structure, you just can examine the
sequence of structural elements of the
song.
That will help you in making a great song
structure.
I would like to give these image credits to
our friends at learneverythingabout.com,
they’ve really made the job of explaining
stuff much easier by making these
images.Cheers to them.
So, let’s start with different songs of
different genres.
This song is by Pitbull and Kesha, the name
of the song is “Timber”.
The total length of this song is 3;42 , and
the genre is Pop, all the information about
this song is given in the image above.
The next song on our list belongs to the
Rock genre, it is sung by Florida Georgia
Line and the name of the song is “This is
how we roll” . Here’s an image explaining the
song structure.
The next song is by American Authors and
the title of the song is Best day of my life ,
that’s a popular Rock song, that expressed
happiness. So, have a look at the image
below to understand the song structure.
Another example is a very popular Love Pop
song sung by Justin Timberlake . Here’s the
image for that.
The title of this song is “Not a bad thing” .
I hope now you will understand the song
structure, if your genre of song was skipped
over here. Don’t worry, you can google for
some examples.
If you want to listen to a live example, then
I’ve attached a video down below. The video
has been created by Ed Goldfarb:
5) STEP 3 – GENRE AND
TITLE
So, we’re going to start the actual
songwriting process by deciding a genre and
a title.
5.1) GENRE
First, here’s an image showing the total
song sales by genre in the US (2014).
Genre is the type of the song that you’re
going to choose, as we’ve discussed this
earlier in this article.
So, it is important that you select a genre
for your song.
Of course, you’re going to select a genre
first, then depending on the genre and the
sub-genre that you’ve chosen you’ll select
the title.
It is important to make a choice of genre,
the type of genre will readily affect the type
of music, lyrics and title that you choose.
This is why you should be very careful
about which genre you’re picking and then
deeply understand if that genre fits the type
of song that you want to write.
If everything is good, then go on and select
a genre.
After that, move on to writing a title.
Everyone often faces difficulty in start that
which could possibly be the best genre for
their song, many people exactly know about
what interests them, but some get confused.
It doesn’t matter if you’re certain about
selecting your genre, or if you’re confused
about it, just follow the steps below, they’ll
help you greatly in this task.
Stop right there, I’ve got something
interesting for you. It is about the
differences between the song genres.
The video was created by Jochem Nuva
Macare , thanks to you mate:
5.1.1) SHOULD I GO FOR POPULAR
GENRES?
Some of the most popular genres are pop,
rock, folk, country songs, etc.
But, the question over here is that should
you go for popular genres, I would say
definitely you should go for popular ones
but if and only if they interest you.
There is no such mandatory selection for
you, if you’re not interested in these
popular genres, then move on to the one
that interests you.
5.1.2) GENRES THAT INTEREST YOU
The best choice for you would be to go and
take a look at the genres that interest you
the most.
It necessarily doesn’t have to be only one,
there can be multiple genres that might
interest you.
Now, here’s another complication, let’s say
there are 3 different genres which are
equally interesting you, you’re again getting
confused, the solution to this problem will
be discussed in the next heading.
Choosing a genre also requires you to
properly observe the melody, lyrics and use
of emotion in that particular genre.
The type of music that is being used, and of
course, the song structure, that is suitable
for that particular genre that you want to
choose.
So, you would have to understand all above
mentioned aspects of the genre before you
select the genre that is best for you.
Now, here’s what you would like to do,
spend some time in closely listening the
popular songs of the genres that you think
are good for you.
Observe, which of those genres has songs
that interest you the most.
It would be better if you observe the latest
songs of the genre because that’s what
people are loving these days.
5.1.3) TRYING DIFFERENT GENRES
You would have to try different genres that
you’re interested in.
As we took as an example that there are 3
different genres in which you’re interested.
So you would try one by one each one of
them and see which one works best for you,
and which one makes you feel passionate
and happy to write about.
You will easily understand that which one is
best for you once you go through this step.
You just have to observe that there are 3
different genres, so, after trying all these
genres one by one, which one interests you
the most.
When you write a song about a genre then it
would not be difficult to choose between
those different genres, because you would
understand which one is working best for
you.
I want to provide you some information
regarding choosing the wrong genres.
There are many singers who changed their
genres, because they thought they could do
better in the genre they selected lately.
Here is a video that will tell you about them,
the video was made by WatchMojo.com ,
credit goes to them:
5.2) TITLE
The title is the most important thing about
writing a song. Isn’t it?
When you have got a good title, you can
then focus on the lyrics and music
depending upon the title that you’ve chosen.
The title really is the most important asset
of your songwriting process.
You would have to take time and decide
which title would be best for your song.
You must have some random set of thoughts
in your mind right now, but you’ll have to
think deeply that what you want to do with
your song.
What should be the main topic or title of
your song?
The best title generally is the one which
makes all the feelings of the song fit in a
few words.
Can you do that?
Of course you can do it, and it would be
amazing if you could make the title of the
song emotionally powerful.
It would give it some strength, and the title
is the sentence that is used in the chorus, it
has to be powerful to express strong
emotion with high notes.
So, you would have to think properly about
the title.
Take your time and take a pen and a copy
keep writing different titles that you think
could be possible titles for your song.
Once, you’ve decided a main idea for the
song, you can now move on to the
songwriting process.
To help you with writing a title, I did a quick
search and found this video for you, made
by Simple Youtopia.
It will help you in writing a nice title for
your song:
5.2.1) PURPOSES OF WRITING A
SONG TITLE
Before we start getting into detail about the
title:
I would like to show you some of the most
important purposes of writing a title.
It serves some of the important purposes as
given below:
1. It gives the listeners the understanding
of emotional messages that you want
to convey, in simple words it will rouse
the emotions in them
2. Does the job of giving power and
strength to the song
3. The main chorus and the high notes
line is the title of the song
4. The title says it all, explains the song
in some words
5. It will invoke interest in people
6. Sometimes it will make the listener
curious about the song, in most cases
this purpose proves to be very
successful
7. It becomes a memorable piece of word
for that particular song
8. It contains or it conveys the main idea
of the song
5.2.2) SIMPLE BRAINSTORMING
Simple brainstorming for selecting a title for
the song is generally the best idea.
So, here’s how you do it:
Pick out titles from the surroundings, but
make sure that you keep a few things in
mind.
The most important one is that the title must
be very powerful and should convey a lot of
emotion or thought.
Otherwise, it could have all or some of the
purposes mentioned above.
5.2.3) RESEARCH
After doing the brainstorming to find the
title, in most cases you’ll be able to find a
title.
But, that would be better if you can do some
research.
Read some related articles, books,
newspapers that are related to your topic
and see what is appealing these days.
Also study your target audience and see
what they like and what can make them say
wow after listening to your song.
Do this basic research to find the best title
for your song.
6) STEP 4 – WRITING
LYRICS ( HOW TO WRITE
LYRICS)
So, now we’re finally here:
The wait is over. Thanks for your patience.
let’s start with writing lyrics.
I know you have been waiting the whole
article for this part.
But it was very important to understand all
the concepts.
Now you’ll have a much stronger grip on
this thing, now you know all the ups and
downs and all the ins and outs.
So, let’s move on with the actual
songwriting process of writing lyrics for the
song.
Let’s start from the basics, so that you
recall and understand all that you’ve learned
so far.
And utilize it in the right direction while
writing song lyrics.
This section is for you to learn how to write
good song lyrics.
So, this includes the following steps:
6.1) RECALLING THE SONG
STRUCTURE
So, at this stage you’ll be recalling the song
structure, understand the structure of the
song that you have to write, in depth.
Then, you’ll be able to put the lyrics of the
song in the right place accordingly.
This stage is very important.
Otherwise you’ll end up making a bad
structured song.
So, that’s why it is important to understand
the common song structure, depending upon
the type and genre of song that you’re going
to write about.
In simple words:
Just understand and recall the common song
structure of your song genre, and decide the
song structure for your song before
starting to write the song.
While talking about the type of structure,
you can use the AABA structure of songs.
That’s the most commonly used song
structure that most people are using,
although you can experiment with other type
of structures too.
You can do some basic research for
understanding, then you can start with that.
6.2) TITLE
As you have already decided your title.
You can
easily use
that title to
start
writing the
lyrics:
Make sure
that the
title should tell the complete story of the
song, that’s why write the song, keeping in
consideration the title.
It should express in depth the story, that the
title says in a few words.
You can also start your song with the title,
some people do it, and there is no problem
with that.
6.3) QUESTIONS AND THEIR
ANSWERS
There can be many questions as the listener
reads the title.
By answering those questions you can make
really great song lyrics that everyone loves.
The title always interests a specific
audience, moreover, it also raises some
questions in the mind of the audience.
Let’s say, there’s a song by Imagine
Dragons , the title is “Hear me” .
The title suggests a lot of questions
1. what do you want me to hear?
2. Why you want me to hear you?
3. In what sense you’re saying hear me?
4. Whom you’re talking to?
5. Why you’re saying that?
Simply, all these questions are answered in
the song.
So, I’ll answer these questions one by one
while listening to this song.
1. Try to hear my voice
2. Can nobody hear me, I got a lot that’s
on my mind. I can not breathe, can you
hear it too.
3. The singer wants you to hear the
thoughts that he has on his mind, the
tensions, problems that are not letting
him breathe properly.
4. The singer is talking to you (the
audience)
5. I can not breathe, I got a lot that’s on
my mind
These questions are mere examples that I
came up with, and it took me less than a
minute.
Similarly, for your title, you will have you
think deeply and see the concerns and
questions that a listener might have.
Ask your friends to suggest questions, and
see which questions are being asked my
multiple people and which are appropriate
to be answered within the song.
That’s what I meant by questions and
answers, so by following this you can start
to write nice song lyrics that are
meaningful.
6.4) THE CHORUS AND VERSES
There can be a dozen of questions, and you
can answer them all one by one in the
verses.
This will make the song interesting.
That’s not necessary that you only answer
questions.
You can add up your own stuff too.
But to start with, it would be a good
practice to answer the questions.
As I’ve already told you in detail about the
chorus and the verses, I hope it would be
easy for you to work with these.
For the chorus, select a question that is
powerful, that has some action words and
power lines.
You can answer that in the chorus.
But be very careful while selecting this
question as the chorus is important, it gives
the song strength.
So the question must arise the emotions and
power in the audience.
Also, if you’re adding too many poetical
lines, it would be nice if you could add some
explanatory lines to make the listeners
understand.
6.5) USAGE OF WORDS
You should be very careful with the usage
of words because the type of words you use
can determine the success of your song.
Research for different verbs, adjectives and
other words that you can use in your songs.
Don’t use very difficult words, use the
words that can be understood by average
audience.
But this thing depends upon the type of
song you’re trying to write.
So, have a good grip on words to write a
good song.
6.6) WRITE ALL THE TIME
Have a pen and a notebook with you all the
time, and keep thinking.
Whenever you have something in your mind,
then just write it down, otherwise you’ll lose
it.
So, be active in writing because it isn’t just
a one time deal.
It takes a lot of time to write a good song.
So, write many alternatives for each verse
and each line so that you can choose the
best one.
And make a good relativity between all the
lines of the song. The more you write, the
better your grip becomes.
6.7) PRACTICE
Everything requires you to practice,
songwriting requires a lot of practice.
The more you practice, the better you
become in songwriting.
Study different songs of your type, just
practice and practice to make your
songwriting skills better.
It is must that you practice as much as you
can.
6.8) WRITE THE SONG
Now, assuming that you’ve taken care of all
the above steps.
It is time for you to write your song.
Keep all these steps in your mind:
And write a final piece of a song that you
think is perfect and fulfills all the
requirements as mentioned above.
Select an appropriate genre, a nice title and
write the song accordingly.
Once you’ve written it, then move to the
next step.
6.9) CORRECT THE MISTAKES
Everyone makes mistakes, not a big deal.
After writing the complete song, closely
observe the song for mistakes.
You can also talk to experienced
songwriters and singing coaches to make
your song perfect.
They’ll suggest you the mistakes and their
possible corrections.
Once you’ve corrected the song then you’re
good to go.
That is the song you’ve got and you’ve now
finished the lyrics songwriting process.
7) STEP 4 – WRITING
MELODY
Now, we’re going to see how you’re going to
write the melody.
It isn’t a simple task to do, you’ll have to
understand each and everything.
To make things clear properly, I’ve attached
a video that will help you in this process.
You can watch the video below to get a full
understanding of how you’re simply going to
write melody.
The video has been created by
fastforwardable:
8) STEP 5 – RECORDING
YOUR SONG
This is the final stage of the songwriting
process, now you’ve done all the things, and
the only thing left is to sing your song and
record it.
It would feel so great, after doing so much
hard work in writing the whole song, now
you’ll be recording that and giving it a final
form.
Then you can send that to your listeners,
friends and show that to your family.
Make people fall in love with your song.
9) SONGWRITING TIPS
Songwriting is a very huge topic, some
people don’t understand properly the art of
songwriting.
Everyone needs guidance.
I’m providing you with the most amazing
songwriting tips that will prove to be very
helpful for you during the songwriting
process.
These are some of the most widely used
Songwriting tips, so get them to good use.
You might already be familiar with that, all
the songwriters who are starting to join the
songwriting, they’re always searching for
some tips on writing a song .
You must have said to yourself that How to
become a songwriter?
T his spirit of your counts a lot, because of
it you’re over here and reading this article.
So, keep these tips for how to write a song
in mind and use them where necessary.
9.1) STICK TO THE TOPIC
Your song must be clear and
understandable.
Your song must be on one topic/subject so
that you are able to conclude your entire
song in one sentence.
The audience misses some of the content of
the song while listening.
Therefore, write the song keeping in
consideration the topic so that you can use
one line to give the idea of the whole song.
Repetition of the subject is necessary and
essential for the song.
Try to break the song in four or five parts
and include the subject in each part.
Stick to the topic without sheering away.
9.2) EXTENSIVE VOCABULARY
SKILLS? EMINEM KNOWS IT
Take an inspiration from Eminem, who spent
hours at night to study a dictionary and
thesaurus.
He explained the reason to do this,
It improved his vocabulary and helped him to
write songs without the need to open it
(dictionary) again and again.
So, improve your vocabulary as much as you
can.
It is up to you that how you improve your
vocabulary.
Extensive vocabulary and, all of that in your
mind, will help you to connect dots
whenever an idea pops out.
It will also help you to find rhyming words.
And, improving vocabulary will not only help
in writing a song, but in many occasions, it
will be helpful like communicating etc.
9.3) “DON’T JUST THINK IT, INK
IT.”
A notebook should be with you at all times.
However, a smartphone will do the work too.
Whenever an idea pops up in your mind, note
it fast!
Write words and phrases for later use.
Watch and observe your daily routine and
find new avenues.
It happens a lot that when you are writing a
song, no idea comes into your mind.
Therefore, whenever an idea comes to your
mind while writing a song or not, just note it
cause it won’t take time for ideas to go
away.
Whenever you listen to a vivid word or
phrase, write it down.
Make an organized approach and try to keep
all your songwriting notes at one place.
9.4) RHYME AT PRIME TIME
Before, I start, here is a picture showing
words having similar rhyme.
Rhyming lyrics are important as they give
the audience a pleasant feeling.
So, buy a rhythmic dictionary or use online
services to help you in finding rhyming
words.
Just imagine that you’ve to find a similar
sounding word and all you have, is just a
dictionary.
It will be very hard to acquire the desired
word.
Rhymezone.com or Rhymer.com both offer
an excellent service to this job.
If you are having difficulty in doing so, you
can write down the phrase as it is (in your
mind) and move towards the next part so
that you can edit that phrase later.
9.5) TAKE INSPIRATION AND
PRACTICE!
Read lyrics of other songs a lot. Take
influence from other’s creative works.
Compare your lyrics with others and find
differences between theirs and yours.
Learning different lyrical techniques will
help you a lot.
So, listen to as many songs as you can and
write down any particular composition or
structure you see.
Your work will improve by the time.
Practice and try different styles.
9.6) OBSERVING THE LYRICS
For a deeper understanding, you’ll be
needing to closely observe the lyrics that
have inspired you.
Listen to as many people’s works as you
can, whose work is considered as the best
of all.
Focus on their lyrics that make their song
sound better.
Try to pick up the song structure and the
tricks that make their songs good.
Focus on those lines that sound awesome
while listening and remember them.
Make notes of the lyrics you find
interesting:
So that you can get an understanding of the
order of words.
The vocabulary used, and get an idea of
what is working best, of course this isn’t
stealing, you’re only getting an idea.
9.7) USE DIFFERENT IMAGES
It sounds weird to write songs while
imagining a picture, but pictures can give
you feeling for writing a song.
The best way is to create imaginary pictures
and scenes, and write the lyrics by
explaining those pictures and scenes, how
you feel about it?
Can a person listening to those words really
see the exact picture that you want to
show?
Keep these few things in mind and this
strategy will make your song sound really
great.
Feelings are really important before you
start writing a song especially for writing
an emotional song.
Different Pictures can give you different
feelings.
There are several examples of pictures that
can help you to write different songs on
different themes.
A happy couple sitting together.
A tree in the garden.
A flying bird.
Children playing in the garden.
Snow on flowers
And so on
9.8) SPEND SOME TIME ALONE
If you spend some time alone, and think
about the lyrics and song ideas, then that
can help you a lot to think about the lyrics
of your songs.
An alone mind can give you a lot of good
ideas.
Carry a dictionary and a thesaurus with you
and find the synonyms of different words.
Because the more attractive words you will
use in your songs the more people will like
it.
Try to go to a place where you love to sit
like a garden, a beach, etc.
Sitting alone at a place where you love to
spend time can increase the ability of your
mind.
9.9) GETTING OPINIONS
Try to get opinions from your friends. Ask
your friends, whether they get any feeling
while listening to your song.
To collect their opinions.
If they feel bad to hear your song, then it is
important for you to improve the lyrics of
your song.
The more people you ask about your song
the more opinions you will get for your
song.
And that would help you to make your song
better because the opinion of your audience
matters the most.
9.10) KEEP YOUR SONG SIMPLE
It is important for you to keep your song
simple.
Because, obviously, you want your audience
to understand your song.
And if the audience doesn’t understand your
song properly, because of the complexity of
the song, then it really is a minus point.
Here’s how you can do it:
Try to use vocabulary that average people
can understand,
And try to express your feelings in simple
phrases, and poetical writings, that will
make the song simple and more
understandable.
9.11) WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
(BONUS SECTION)
If you want to improve your songwriting and
want to receive some feedback on your
lyrics.
Then it would be best to join a songwriting
class.
You’ll get to see great talents who’ll inspire
you.
And they will be there for you to rectify
your mistakes and show you the right way.
This tip was not in my mind at all at the time
I wrote this article.
I contacted many great experts to get their
opinions about this article, and asked them
for their expert feedback.
One of those was Simeon Peebler who is a
professional musical artist having 2 albums.
For this tip, I want to give him all the
credits. Thanks Simeon!
To further make this clearer to you, here’s
what he said when I contacted him:
As said, you should also visit different
musical events to get a knowledge of how
things are working.
I guess that’s all for the tips for writing
songs.
Now it is up to you to make the question
How to make your own song? a reality.
10) THAT’S ALL FOR HOW
TO WRITE A SONG
Okay, so that’s all for this article.
Writing a song isn’t simple at all but I’ve
tried to explain each and every concept in
detail so that you can understand it
properly.
I’ve also attached videos so that if you
don’t understand the words properly, you
can watch the videos to make things clear.
But, still if you have any questions related
to anything over here.
Please feel free to leave a comment below
and I would love to respond to your
questions.
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