How To Write A Song

By: Kevin Sinclair

Have you ever had the dream of writing a song that one day you or a big star will sing? Or it may be that you want to write a piece of music for an orchestra to play. Have you already written a few songs but have not gotten any response or good feedback yet? Well, instead of giving up, just keep trying and with a push in the right direction, you may gain the confidence to and know how to actually succeed.

Knowing Which Technique Suits You

You may ask yourself “is writing music easy or hard?” Well basically, the answer is that it can be as easy or as hard as the person makes it for himself or herself.

If you are stuck and are wondering what will come first - the music or the words - then experiment. There is no correct answer on whether you should work on the music or the words first. It is basically all down to the individual and what he or she prefers. A good tip is that you should try them both out, just to see what works best for you. It could be that the music will inspire you enough to write song lyrics to go with it, so what ever works, then do that. It may even change from song to song. Some lyrics might come before the music and some music might come before the lyrics.

Prepare and Improvise!

If you are writing a piece of music, you will need to definitely prepare each part carefully to get the right flow and technique down to a tee. Break it down starting with the verse first and then afterwards the chorus. If you are stuck for ideas, try listening to other songs for inspiration. You could then think of ways to improve on these songs that will inspire you to write better music yourself. It is best to try to learn from the mistakes of others to perfect your own techniques.

The key to writing good music is the ability to improvise. If you try to learn all of the different techniques and chord changes, it will help you to develop and give you more confidence to produce good quality music. Just sit down and start playing a few chords. If they go together, write them down and then try and find the next chord that goes perfectly with the ones you just played. Eventually you will find that you have created the perfect music for your song.

Know Your Taste and Stick With it!

One obvious tip that many people forget to follow when writing music is to stick to music that you are interested in. For example, if you are interested in rock music and you hate ballads, there is absolutely no point sitting down and trying to write a ballad! It will not flow, you will end up becoming extremely frustrated and you will not want to carry on writing it.

So, if you are interested in rock music, collect some of your favorite rock songs together and listen to them while jotting down bits in the songs that you like. Do you want your lyrics to rhyme? A lot of songs do tend to have rhyming lyrics because they tend to stick in people’s heads better. However, there really are no rules with that, so do not worry too much about it.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Anyone in the music business will tell you that practice makes perfect and this is the case for you. You shouldn’t give up when the going gets tough. Just keep practicing and you will get there in the end. You will notice your skills will improve over time, giving you the confidence to succeed.

So why not try to write music today and show the world your song writing skills. The main thing to remember is that writing music takes time. You cannot expect to write a really good song overnight. It literally takes good songwriters months, if not years to prepare an album and write all of their own material. The key thing is to be patient!

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