How to Be a Better Singer

How To Become A Songwriter

How to be a songwriter

How To Become A Great Songwriter

First of all, you’ll need some music skills. Do you read music? Do you play an instrument (especially piano or guitar)? Although these aren’t absolutely essential for becoming a songwriter but they definitely help. If you don’t have these skills yet, start learning them today! There are infinite places online to learn each one or both, you just need to focus and pratice everyday. And dont give up when you cant do something, just keep pushing it until you make it.

How often do you write songs?

The most successful songwriters spend a little time writing each day. I’ve heard that some spend many hours. Lady Gaga still writes songs daily. Another example is Diane Warren, who admittedly spends 10-12 hours with songwriting every day. But you don’t have to do that to become a songwriter. Write for only 30 minutes a day and you finish a song in about two weeks. The main thing is that you should get into the habit of writing each day. If you do it occasionally only, it will lead to procrastination, worries, self-doubt, etc.

Do you co-write?

Collaborating with another songwriter is one of the best things you can do for your songwriting. Almost all the songs at the top of the charts were written by two or more people. Co-writing is not only fun, it also increases your chances of succeeding. If you write a great song together with someone, both of you are going to pitch it. Also, the song will be much more special because the life experiences, creativity and talents of two or more people are present in the song. If you haven’t collaborated with anyone, it’s time to start it! There are some great songwriting forums where you can find co-writers online. When searching for songwriter forums, you can start at songwriter101 and go from thereYou could also go to songwriting seminars and start looking there.

Do you live near a major music center?

If you live in the US, these are Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. If you want to become a songwriter, you’ll have to network. And for that, you should live where other songwriters and music business professionals live. If you can’t live in one of these cities (or other major music centers abroad), try to visit one of these places at least a couple of times a year. You could participate in seminars, writer’s nights, etc. on these occasions.

Have you written some songs that are ready to be pitched?

If the answer is yes, there are a lot of things you can do. You can drop off your demos at music publishers, give it to some music business professionals you know, or use an independent A&R company. Obviously, the more people you get to listen to your songs, the better your chances they will get cut.

The most important thing is that you do something little for your songwriting career each and every day. That’s the best way to become a songwriter. This is how all successful songwriters did it. This action doesn’t always have to be actual songwriting only. You can look for co-writers, read music business articles, books, etc. These things add up pretty quickly and you’ll become better and better in no time. Just imagine how far you could get in only one year!

 

10 Tips For Writing The Perfect Song

Writing your own Special Song 

10 Songwriting tips

 

Tips on How to Write the Perfect Song

Lets face it, writing a spetacular melody is not easy. Even if everyone tells you that it is. You have to be focused and inspired. And you have to be aware of some important points that i will write below. 


1. Use chord progressions which are acceptable and easy to use or develop.

Try initially to stick to the Harmonic Scale as your basic framework for creating chord progressions.

2. Don’t make the melody too complicated, make it memorable. . Re-write the lyrics to a melody you like or re write the melody to lyrics you like. Sometimes it can be useful to write a Chorus first.

3. Keep the range of the melody practical, neither too high nor too low. Also freestyle sing, wail, rap or anything and record it and if any good melodies and lyrics jump out use them to start writing a song. I quite often improvise as I’m walking I’ve  even done it in ski lifts, a bit like jazz ‘do –ba- be doo-dah’!!! good fun(on your own!)

4. Establish the key or tonality early on in the song. Make or find music or backing tracks that you like and write lyrics and a melody to them. This could be any of the following:

Write your own instrumentals. Learn to play an instrument. The basic chords needed to write a hit song need only to be simple. Start with I,IV, and V chords ( e.g  in the key of G:-  G, C and D(D7)

5. Use sequences to develop the tune so that a rhythmic ‘pattern’ is easy to hear and see. Find a guitarist or pianist and record chord progressions with them and then write a melody or words to them.

6. Don’t be afraid to use different Time forms, not always 4/4. Try 3/4,6/8 and others

Find a good way of recording and filing your ideas to go back to later. Use a handy voice recorder to save your ideas and ‘motifs’ to use later.

7. Edit lyrics that go on and on and try not to ‘say too much’. Write about any subject, about matters that are important to you, then pick out all the good lines and ideas and make a song.

Listen to music that fits our mood. We can sometimes feed depression with sad love songs. The musical style of sad songs can be more appealing at times and likewise, some musical genres lend themselves better to sadness. When we are sad we want sympathy and the sympathy comes in sad songs. Think of using the minor chords and keys which lend themselves to this feeling. It has an incredible way of comforting the soul and tends to give us company throughout our misery.

An example to listen to  is: James Blunt’s  ‘Goodbye My Lover’

8. Ensure the pulse and meter are easy to understand and gives the song a good feel and Rhythm. The chorus and the hook of the song are really important so keep notes of good ideas.

9. Spend at least as much time on the writing as the recording and backing tracks.

Pick a genre and get really good at that. Stick with it for a while, listen to examples and analyse the words.

10. Change anything you feel doesn’t feel right, sound right, look right or doesn’t add anything to the song. Try to remember to write about things that you want more of, in your life as this makes songwriting a really positive experience.

Have confidence and enjoy your creating and eventually…YOUR CREATION.

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