Song Writing Tips

Song writing tips to start writing songs immediately including all lyrics and the completed melody.

The one habit that will increase your understanding, enjoyment and quality of lyric writing is time spent in the task itself. The more time that you actually spend typing on the keyboard or writing on a legal pad the more that you will grow as a writer. To begin writing your first song lyric, think of a song as singable poetry. Now, begin writing whatever comes to mind. Be thinking of a melody as you do so the melody you come up with later will fit the lyric you've written. We'll cover that more later.

Once you have tried or even exhausted the above exercise again and again, begin to study the polished works of accomplished writers. Get copies of lyrics to your favorite songs so you know the melodies well. Examine these hit song lyrics and make note of obvious patterns such as rhyme schemes, syllable count and rhythm or accent on certain syllables. More specifically, you will be looking for which line endings rhyme together and whether there is a pattern to this. You will be counting the number of syllables per line and seeking out any apparent intentional design. You will be checking for the rhythm as well, meaning the flow of which syllables are given an accent or emphases when sung and which are not. Now, remember this and consider incorporating this practice into your own writing, if you would like your songs to feel more like "real" songs, just like the pros write.

One rule that will take you a long way in this is making sure you use the most singable or easily sung words possible. One and two syllable words generally work better than those with four or more syllables do; some three syllable words will work and some will get hung up on your tongue. With practice you will learn precisely what I mean.



How to compliment your lyrics with melodies.

If you listen to a lot of music you will likely find you are full of it. If you enjoy songs you can sing along with, you can probably create a melody of your own. To begin, notice which songs you sing are easy for you and sound good when you sing them, and which make you reach too far for some notes. In doing this you will start to notice your range of notes you can sing well. Try to stay within this range in writing your melodies.

Now determine what kind of lyric you've written. Is it happy or sad? Is it a love song or some other sort? Would it fit in a particular musical category or "genre" such as Pop or Country? Once you have made a best guess at the answers to these questions, you are ready to find your melody. In your range pick a note that feels right for a note to start and finish key lines or portions of the song on. This would be the most crucial tone of the song. Start singing around that note with "la, la, la" or with your actual lyrics, experimenting as you go along. Until you are sure you are happy with every note and its "marriage" to every word and syllable, you have no reason not to keep creating and changing anything you wish whether words or music. It is your property to do with as you like.

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