Writing a song with unforgettable melodies and creative lyrics can be challenging. Even the most experienced songwriters can lack inspiration at some point in their careers, and there are many different approaches to songwriting.
Over the next couple of weeks, we shall look at the key elements involved in songwriting. But first, let's look at some helpful tips
Where To Start
Getting started is often the hardest part. Developing your song’s main melody or central chorus is considered by some to be the best place to begin writing your next track. Once you’ve got your hook or key chord progression, you can build the rest of your song around it. But don’t worry if you're struggling to find the perfect melody straight away, this method isn’t for everyone.
The lyrics are the most important part of your song. Lyric writing can often be the most frustrating and difficult aspect of the process, especially for songwriter's lacking in experience. Having a clear idea of what your song will be about is a good start.
Record Any Ideas That Come
There’s nothing worse as a songwriter than coming up with an amazing melody only to completely forget what it was an hour later. Forgetting your ideas can be really frustrating, so it’s important to make a note of your idea while it’s fresh in your mind. You’ll be glad of the reminder later when you return to continue working on the song.
Write From Experience
As obvious as it may sound, some of history’s greatest songs are about personal experiences, with artists drawing on real-life events and traumas to bring out their creativity.
Don't Overthink It
Musicians and songwriters are often our own worst critics. If you judge your own songs too harshly you’ll never get anything done, so it’s important to keep an open mind and let the songwriting process flow, stop worrying, and just get on with it. Overthinking can be your worst enemy.
Ask For Feedback
Find someone you trust to give honest advice, and who’s opinion you value, and ask them to critique it for you. You might find they have some fantastic insight into how it could be improved. Don’t just play it for someone who might be afraid to hurt your feelings.
Don't Be Afraid To Fail
If you’re failing and struggling to write the song, just keep going. There’s no secret formula for successful songwriting, other than the combination of hard work, positivity, and talent. This quote from the legendary
Definition of Terms
Contrasts in content with the verse and the chorus usually giving a new perspective on the story. Is the ‘A-HA!’ moment in the song. (What’s A Bridge For?)
A core component of a song, it summarizes the main idea of the lyric and is the emotional high point of the song. It contains the title or hook in the first or last line and is the same melodically each time it occurs. (What’s A Song Chorus For?)
The focused statement of the central idea used as a device to create a memorable core idea to your song. It is most often your title. (What’s A Hook?)
A major component of a song, the verse’s primary role is to convey the information of the song and set up, or lead to, the chorus, the bridge, another verse, or a title/hook line.
Each verse should have different information in order to move the story forward, and be the same melodically. (What’s A Song Verse For?)