Many think they can, few ever try and even fewer get it right. Yes, songwriting is an art form that no-one masters overnight. So here’s a few of my guidelines on exactly how to write a song for beginners.
I Feel a Song Coming On…
Inspiration is without a doubt the key to writing any song and it can come from absolutely anywhere (except from other people’s brains because you know…that’s called piracy and stuff). Get it from your life, your love, your home, your car, your dog even. I guarantee it’s everywhere you look see and touch. You could hear a drum beat and be inspired by all the melody’s you could lay over it. Everything from the bass to the keys, it doesn’t matter. It’s that easy. Just find it and go with it because you never know what the end result might be.
Practise, practise, practise..
You’ve probably heard this saying a thousand times since the day you were born, well I’m going to say it to you one more time! (You guessed it) PRACTISE. MAKES. PERFECT. The situation is no different when it comes to the art of writing the perfect ballad. Now I’m not saying, become a music making machine pumping out as many tunes as you can on the daily, but just putting pen to page (yes! good ‘ol paper!) whenever you can is a great way to keep that creative juice flowing. Write a poem, write a nursery rhyme, write about your day, about how you feel even, who care? You don’t even need to show it to anyone. The bottom line is: JUST WRITE!
Paint a picture…
Songs can be like books. They come with a great beginning, a captivating middle and it all boils down to a climactic end (Well, the best songs do, I think). So make sure you keep enough room between your verses and your hooks (also, make sure you can tell them apart) by giving each an appropriate length. You don’t wanna rush the song through but you also don’t wanna bore your audience to the point where they want to skip your song, straight up shooting yourself in the foot. To me it’s all about balance…like cooking: you’ve got to find the right balance of flavours to create a great dish. Keep the energy consistent and above all else: Be Entertaining!
At the end of the day, all of this means nothing if you don’t feel every note, every chord, every word and every rhyme. So for real! Just feel it man! As long as you love the music you make, somebody else will too.
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Ryan C. Voller, Recording Artist – Producer – Creator/Contributor for HTMH.com
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