Songwriting Tips that Will
Make Your Songs Shine
Before I discovered these songwriting tips I could barely stand to listen to my own songs!
My song titles
and lyrics were bland and unexciting, I usually failed to establish a great hook, and it took me forever to write because I would constantly second-guess myself.
Now I wonder how I ever could have lived without them. Not only is songwriting a pleasure for me, but I actually get goosebumps listening to some of my own stuff!
I believe these tips can do the same for you. Try them and see for yourself. Here are a few for starters:
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- Make time to write every day. I know, obvious right? If you want to get better at anything, practise, practise, practise!
- Prepare to write. This one is even more obvious than the last, but if you have all of your materials at hand you will be more productive with your time.
- Write about universal themes. Write something everyone can relate to. Love songs, break-up songs, any relationship songs. People will never get tired of hearing about themselves!
- Start with the hook! Writing a catchy song is easier when you write the hook first. Boil down the essence of your song idea to a short memorable phrase.
- Get song ideas from your surroundings. Movies, books or good old gossip! There's a whole world of ideas out there.
- Make your lyrics visual. Painting a picture with your words is much more effective than trying to explain what colours you used.
- Write the melody before the chords. The melody is what you hum in the shower. It's more important!
- Learn some interesting new chords. Incorporating some cool chord progressions will help to make your melody sparkle.
- Silence the inner critic. There is a time for critiquing your song. When you're writing it is definitely not the time.
- Get into the habit of critiquing your songs. There are steps you can take to ensure your new song is up to snuff. Check out these songwriting tips on performing your own song critique.
- Rewrite your songs. Always be open to rewriting. Just because your song is finished doesn't necessarily mean it's "finished". You can always make it better.
- Keep a notebook and/or hand-held recorder close by. I have lost so many brilliant new song ideas through the years because I didn't do this. I always thought "I'll remember this". I always forgot!
- Avoid long intros. You must grab your listener's attention as quickly as possible. Most of the time I try to limit my intros to 5 to 10 seconds.
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