Beginner Songwriting 101

Are you looking for some beginner songwriting tips and advice? Then you’ve come to the right place! I’ll share with you some strategies that will help you on your way to becoming a better songwriter in no time.

Write Regularly

There’s nothing like regular practice to improve your beginner songwriting skills. There are a lot of songwriters out there who don’t seem to get this.

They willingly practice their guitar playing or vocal techniques, but when it comes to songwriting they rely on “inspiration”.

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They also believe that the first line of lyric that pops into their head is sacred, beamed in from the gods.

Inspiration is great and necessary, but these inspired ideas will be few and far between if you’re not working for them.

Also, the ideas you do get are just that: Ideas. They need to be shaped and perfected.

It’s not so much the ideas themselves, but what you do with them that will make the difference between a good song and a great one.

Stay in the Songwriting Mindset

I find I do the majority of my writing when I’m not actually writing a song. What I mean by this is whatever I’m doing I usually have a snippet of a new song circling in my head. I could be running errands or exercising when a line of lyric will come to me. It’s often a line that has been eluding me, one that I have been working to find.

When you’re in the beginner songwriting stage you will have to work a bit to get into the songwriting mindset. You will have to work even harder to stay there when you’re not sitting down to write a song. Staying in the songwriting mindset is something that will come more easily to you the more often you write.

By following the first tip and making a point to write regularly, you will find yourself falling into and staying in the songwriting mindset rather easily.

Invest in Your Craft

I believe a very important step for the beginner is to invest in your craft. Buy a songwriting program or two, read as much as you can about the songwriting process, listen to interviews with professional songwriters, and practice the advice they all give you.

One such program I heartily recommend is Professional Songwriting Secrets. This program is chock full of tips and ideas to jumpstart the songwriting process, and keep you writing.

You’ll learn about all aspects of songwriting, from transferring what you’re thinking into your lyrics, to creating killer hooks, to building your songs so that they convey a sense of motion and direction.

I think the best thing about this particular program is that it’s in audio format. You can put it on your iPod, mp3 player, or burn it to CD, and listen to it wherever you want. Learn more about it here

Be True to Yourself

Most successful songwriters tend to stick with the one or two genres with which they are most comfortable. They identify their strengths and they work at developing them. This is not to say that you can’t write Country songs, Rock songs and R&B songs if you wish. But certain styles will probably come more naturally to you than others.

For instance, I write primarily rock and ballads. I know these are broad genres, but I have developed a style that suits me and I am comfortable writing in that style. I have no interest in writing R&B songs. It’s not that I don’t like R&B, but it doesn’t resonate with me the way Pop and Rock does.

I know there is a lot of money to be made in the R&B and Country market, but if I was writing songs solely for the money I wouldn’t write very good songs at all.

So I follow my heart and build upon my strengths. I'll stick with my Pop and Rock and let someone else write those great R&B and Country songs!

You’ll find many more beginner songwriting tips amongst these pages.

A good place to start is Songwriting Tips that Will Make Your Songs Shine

Happy writing!


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