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Making Words and Music

Songwriters put in several years of hard work to reach that level of consistency. By learning from others’ experiences, you can improve your songwriting skills.

A song can impress a listener by drawing the listener in with an interesting lyric, and being catchy, as a song must please the ear rather than just reading it like a poem. A song must also have a good sound structure. There is no secret formula for writing a good song. The basic suggested structure is: Introduction-Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus - Bridge- Fade Chorus

Songwriting Tips
It is a good idea to maintain a journal to write down ideas and emotions, which you can later use as a reference to write songs.

  • It is important to be original – this is more important than actual technical expertise. People tend to remember and recall more easily.
  • Imagine the song in your head. Some people use silence to build tension. You can figure out whether the energy level drops and rises in fits and starts or whether the song builds continuously. Maintain song structure. The chorus is the center of the song. Write soaring and emotive choruses with feeling. Some of the best songs are easy to sing along.
  • Identify some hit songs that go with your style of music and Find some hit songs that fit your style and study what it is that makes them a "hit." The more songs you write, the more you will listen to other songs critically
  • Try and picture a scene or moment, which you are trying to capture. When you write, try and envision a scene or moment that you are trying to capture. Consider the emotions you want to express. Several themes are better than one.
  • It's often a good idea to use a simple chord progression for the verses, and a slightly more elaborate one for the chorus. Chords are the musically vocabulary in which we use to create. Understand all the various chords and when/how to use them.
  • When you play the chord progression, let the words flow from your mind. Allowing the words to write themselves ensures that all the words fit rhythmically and emotionally within the song.
  • Use simple words. Listeners relate better to simple words, and they tend to fit into melodies more readily.
  • While it is tough to do, evaluate your own song. Have unbiased friends listen to them. You spent so much time writing and revising it that you can't imagine it to be bad. You want the song to sell itself, and to give the audience a reason to pay attention.
  • Writing a song with inspiration, expressing your feelings results in a much more emotional and passionate song.
  • Finally, practice in songwriting gives you the skill to write effective songs. You learn all the best ways for you to personally write a song.

Keep the following handy:

  • Dictionary ready to give you the correct meaning of a word; it will also help you to express yourself more clearly.
  • Thesaurus to find different words that have similar meaning.
  • And lastly - a rhyming dictionary.

Go write that hit song!

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