You may think that songwriting is a talent that people are just born with. But just like any skill there’s always ways to improve. Here are 5 tips on songwriting you may find useful:
1. Don’t write when you are “inspired”
That may sound counterproductive, but moments of inspiration can be few and far between. Instead, write a song every day. Don’t worry if you don’t have an idea to start with. Just start writing about anything. This works like a warm up for the creative mind. After a few minutes the ideas will come, and you will be making much more progress on a day to day basis towards your goal. And by the way, this works for most forms of artistic expression.
2. Use common phrases and build on them
Yep, we hear them everyday. What makes them catchy is when you add a twist. People remember an interesting twist on a common phrase. Country musicians do it all the time. Dave Grohl shares some thoughts on lyrics here.
3. Write about a life experience
If you can personally relate, lyrics will be a lot easier for you. You’ll never run out of song ideas to write about.
4. Always have a cell phone (digital recorder) handy.
When you’re out and creative ideas start to come, record them. The audio recorder that’s pre installed in your cellphone will be a big help. If you don’t have one, get a piece of paper and write it down!
5. Learn from others
Study your favourite band or musician. Pick apart their lyrics and look at how they write. Try to recite the lyrics without hearing the music in your head. Find the structure of a particular song and learn it. Someday you may be able to apply this structure to an original song of your own.
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