Here are a few things tips that will help when you write songs. These are some obvious tips, but hopefully you will get confirmation on questions you may have had.
The Super Simple Blow People’s Mind Approach
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1. Get Inspiration When you write a song, get inspiration forcing a song out isn’t the most effective way in my opinion to get the song that moves people to sing it. I like to do two things. One, I like to write down dreams that I have and try and interpret my dreams into lyrics. I like using images for my song and not using feeling words.
2. Figure Out Emotion – When you look at what inspires you it usually make you feel an emotion. I spend a lot of time figuring out the emotion that I want to use in my music and I write chords on that have that feeling. ( If you don’t play guitar you can take Denver Music Lessons Here) I tend to write all my songs chords based off that emotion. Sometimes to change it up I will write the opposite chords to the lyrics. For example if the lyrics are really sad I will write happy chords to the song.
3. Don’t Judge Yourself – I try and sing from the heart. I don’t worry about how my voice sounds at all, I don’t really listen to it. I try to get the idea out and make sure that I have clarity on the song. A lot of songwriters have issues with making everything perfect and they won’t move on till it’s right in their mind. Don’t do that. It’s keeping you from writing great tunes.
4. Write The Song First – Before you record, try to have the first verse done and the chorus. If you are new to songwriting, you will soon want to record your new song in Garagband or Logic Studio and then you will have a lot of things come out of nowhere. When the focus changes off the song to the production you will have potential problems with the song getting sidelined and then all you focus on is the production. What happens after a few hours will be a lot of critique from your mind that will most likely make you stop and put off finishing the song. I like to say finish the song first before recording it with a band or in a studio. Recording to a recorder is great though to get your ideas down so you don’t forget.
5. Keeping the momentum going. When you start recording you will want to do it more and more. It’s contagious and after awhile your friends will be pulling you off your guitar to get you out of the house. That’s a great place to be. Having binders of lyrics and hours of ideas recorded, but there is an evil flip side. If you don’t find time to write everyday it starts to become easier and easier to not do it and then it becomes harder and harder to get yourself to take action. My best advice, find out what works for you in the beginning and do it. I have it as a habit to write before I go to bed, and even though I miss some nights I know that I will stay on track because I have to pass my piano every night before I get to my bedroom.
I hope these helped you and if so please comment on the blog and ask me your questions about anything songwriting.