Songwriting Tips: Guide To Help You Write Your First Song

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You have something to say, and you feel you want to communicate these feelings in a song. But, you've never written one before, or perhaps you just don't know where to start. The following guide should help you write a song that should convey your feelings in a way that others can understand.

Know The Structure

The best thing to do when contemplating songwriting is to learn the basic structure of most songs, which is the following:

  1. Verse (follows your melody, but has different lyrics regarding the subject)
  2. Chorus (follows the melody and is repetitive while trying to be catchy, it summarizes the song)
  3. Verse
  4. Chorus
  5. Bridge (a break from the melody with subtle echoes that usually includes a revelation or a cool riff)
  6. Chorus

Do take into account that some songs have an introduction, but most hit songs have a very short intro, as songs need to cater to the public under the digital age, meaning shorter attention spans. You have about 10 to 25 seconds to grab people's attention.

Practice With Simple Tunes

One of the simplest steps you can take is learn how to write lyrics that are in sync with a rhythm. You can do that by simply following the steps below:

  1. Choose a song you are familiar with, preferably with a simple rhythm, which are usually nursery rhymes.
  2. Download the instrumental version of the song you chose.
  3. Follow the melody, and write lyrics to the beat. They do not have to make sense, nor do they have to rhyme.
  4. Try to match each syllable with each note.
  5. Keep practicing until you can write a song using this or other simple melodies.

Start With the Title

You know how to write lyrics to a beat, but you don't know what to write about. The best thing you can do is to find your title. A title helps center your song and give you focus. You should be able to answer some of the following with a good title in your song:

  • What does the title suggest?
  • What transpired to cause this song title?
  • What do these events and title stir up?
  • Is there a resolution or a hope for the future?

You should be able to stay focused with a good title and by answering these questions in your song.

These are just some of the basics, but there is always more to learn, or you can talk to a songwriter. But, as you can see, you're on your way to writing a song worthy of being recorded and played. Once you're ready to record, contact a studio like Sonic Farm Studio or another location to begin!