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How to Write a Song: a Manual for Beginners

Music is termed as a universal language and songs are part of the key ingredient to achieving the language. But writing a beautiful song with creative lyrics and unforgettable melodies can be difficult. Even the most skilled musicians and songwriters have to deal with writer’s block at some point in their profession.

A good song is made up of good lyrics, melodies, and harmonies which is more of a chord progression. A songwriter will likely identify with one or two of these when composing a song. Although writing a song can be such a daunting task, with the right training and enough practice from a music homework expert, anyone can improve their songwriting skill.

So, if this is your first time writing, here are some starting points to guide you through the process.

Get your song inspiration

Getting started with writing is the toughest part of the songwriting process. When you listen to a song, there is a lot of things that may overwhelm you, but what you hear are the production and arrangement. Drums, strings, electric sounds, loops, background vocals, and so on are an important part of the song, but they are not the actual song. Songs are just lyrics and melodies. The rest are there to make the melody and lyrics sweet.

Developing your song’s melody and the chorus is seen as the best approach to writing a song. Once you have the hook or chord progression, you have the green light to go on with the rest of the song. If this seems too hard, don’t stress yourself, every songwriter has their style of writing. It all depends on the writer inspiration.

Creating the Melody

A great way to start songwriting is to find a few lines – it can be anything that comes to mind. Start repeating the words out loud. Soon enough, you will notice there is a rhythm to your song phrasing. If you’re more adventurous, you can come up with a chord progression, then come up with the melody on top of it without including the words. This allows you to create a melody that is independent, which is exceptionally important.

The important thing to remember when writing a song with a melody is phrasing. Just like when you talk, there is movement and you have to spit words that are recorded based on what you say. The same case applies to music. You have to keep repeating and phrasing your song in mind and the best way to do this is to ensure that your phrases have a climax. Of course, you may not get it right the first time, but a while ago you’re not sure where to start. Now, at least you know some basics. Time and regular practice will fix that with time.

Harmonies, Chords, Rhythms

Once you have created the melody, you can start working on finding the right chords to play. This is what we call the “music.” It’s the backbone of your song. Chords will be identified with the help of musical instruments such as a guitar or a piano. Consider buying some instruments such as a keyboard to help you train in chord theory. If you’re not good with a chord progression, you can find a musician who is experienced in the field to collaborate with.

Having a good chord progression is a great starting point as it shows where your melody will be going and what works in terms of music notes. After a period of approaching it this way, you will start noticing certain chords that make the music interesting. And there you will find the perfect chords for your song.

Writing Lyrics

For most songwriters, writing lyrics is the easiest part. For amateur songwriters with little experience, lyric writing may be the hardest part. Having a clear picture of what the content of the song is a good start. Write down what you want to include in your song lyrics. Then go ahead and choose a rhythm of your words to rhyme with the melody. When the words of your lyrics and the melody flow well, your song will sound smooth and natural.

To come up with the lyrics, think of something that will trigger an emotional feeling or one that changed your life. Describe your feeling in words. Come up with something that can hook the listener to understand what the song is about.

Practice, Practice

Keep your song as simple as possible. Once you’re through with the lyrics go over your work. Take time to proofread and rewrite your lyrics. Ask your friends what they think about the song and decide if you agree with their advice.

Just like online jobs college students have to practice to improve their writing skills so is songwriting. Put in the hours and effort to practice your work until you get it right.

Music is sweet to your ears and soul. So, this means your songwriting skills should be top notch. If you are just starting out with songwriting, don’t worry our detailed guide will take your step by step until you have a complete song. Now it’s your time, put these steps into practice.

Beverly Lerch is a musician and blog writer. Since 2010 she’s been playing in the band in her hometown California. Her favourite instrument is guitar, and in the following article, she shares some personal tips on songwriting.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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