Writing a song is one of the few creative arts. Whether you want to write songs for TV shows, competitions, expressing your love for someone or just for crafting something, here is a step-by-step guide on how to create a great song. There are many ways for writing songs, but this is the most used approach by pros and it actually works.
1. Know what you will write about:
You should know about the topics to focus on. Create a good title and try to sum up a phrase consisting of one to six words that gives an idea of what you are singing about. For more creativity and interest, try to use an action or image word in the start. The title will be the most important line in your whole song. It is your guide, defining the message of your song. It is the foundation of your building, rest is just the building blocks around it.
2. Try to be informative and answer questions:
Know what your listeners want to listen, create appropriate phrases in answer to the questions that might come up in the mind. Some questions as well as the answers that should reflect in your song include: What is the meaning of the title? What are you trying to convey? Is there a reason behind the song? What will happen next? Try to be artistic and creative. The best way to know the questions is to think that if you were a listener what question you would ask? Give answers in an attractive yet interesting way.
3. Organize your song:
You need to organize your songs as to convey its meaning properly. To build up energy and anticipation many sections such as lift’ and pre-chorus’ are added. The most common structure for organizing a song is starting with verse, then chorus, then verse, then chorus, then bridge and last chorus. This structure gives listeners enough repetitions to get familiar with the songs and also gives enough variety to keep them interested. It also gives the songwriter to add other information in different emotional forms.
4. Answer questions in chorus and verse one at a time:
For answering your questions the best way is to use an action or image word. Select the chorus in which you want to answer your question. What environment are you defining? What feelings are there- sad, happy, fear, anticipation? What emotions are you playing with? Get a little poetic so that your listeners stays in tune. Give two to three insights about what you are writing or sum up something that points on the output. Make sure that you don’t keep the question hanging in the air.
5. Create the best lyric:
Create a great lyric by finding the best melody. For the chorus, always choose the lines that you like best. The key is to practice it. Say it aloud, and see how it feels. Say it louder as in tune with the listeners. Express emotions and say it more loudly. Make sure that it feels good to hear it, before you write it down. Make sure that it matches with your verses. Your lyrics should be the most emotional and creative lines, so that the listeners gets spiced up and joins for the chorus with must gusto and ado.
6. Spice up the melody by adding chords:
Create a simple, flowing and repetitive chord pattern. Organize your song and combine it with the melody. Practice it out aloud. See whether it has a good feeling to it. Record your voice on your mobile and play it for better understanding. You can change chords by changing the motion or phrase length of the melody. Different chords are particularly required while framing a connection between a verse and a chorus. Then only, write it down on paper. The overall effect should give you energy and anticipation.
7. Give the idea in the first verse:
If you have an attractive song title, create an answer in the first verse so that it draws the listener to the situation. It should give an idea of what you are going to sing about. It is necessary that you should convey that phrase in a tactful way, such that it feels enlightening and makes the listener striving for more. Later on you can continue with the melody and lyrics. Letting the listener know what you are going to speak about builds his anticipation and makes sure that you have him captivated.
8. Bridge the chorus and verse:
After you have created a chorus and verse, then the important part is to bridge them, so it gives an effect of flow. You might have to lower a tune in one line or raise your verse melody, so that at the end you get the chorus flowing smoothly. Remember that a verse is used to convey information whereas a chorus is an emotional part of the verses. If your chorus is full of emotion, then the tune and voice rises. A bridge is not necessarily required, but it adds lot of strength to your song and voice.
9. Now make your next verse and chorus:
As from the above steps, create similar questions that you need to answer in the second verse. Proceed as same from steps 5 to 6. Do not change the lyric or melody, they should be the same as the first verses. Here you are almost finished with your song. The remaining part is to add a connection between the two verses. This connection is the peak part of your song. It is sort of a realization or truth, or the Oh’ moment. Try to make this melody different from what you used in your chorus and verse.
10. Record the song:
For creating an emotional statement, use a guitar or piano though vocals are the most effective methods to create an impact. Use your instruments wisely, depending on your song. For example, if you have created a Rock song, then try an unplugged’ version. Don’t add a lot of synths or strings, this can make the song go hay-wire. Try to focus less on singing or playing, just try to convey emotions in your song. See whether your song feels like it is speaking to someone, trying to convey some feelings. Take breaks between recordings to make it feel fresh.
There are many ways in which songs can be written. You can study albums of your favorite artists. Learn about their hit songs, see what makes them tick. You can acquire tips from the best songwriters by just listening to them properly. Build on what others have already created. Use your thoughts, ideas and talents. May your songs flow!
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