Songwriting techniques are useful whether you’re a beginner or whether your last name is Mozart. We hope that after reading this, you will have a pretty good idea of how to write songs.
Give Your Song a Title
Once you have the clear concept for your song, you need to give it a title. The title is the key to any lyric. It is the main topic of the songs. Getting the song title right can make the rest of lyric writing process easier. Your song’s title should summarize the story behind the song.
The title will usually end up being the main hook found in the chorus. Highlight the songs title by repeating it several times during the song. There are several positions where a song title is a placed. Once the spot is at the end of the chorus. Another spot is at the beginning of the chorus. Another favorite spot is at then end of the verses.
If you are new to songwriting, it will benefit you to know that the best place to start is by writing a catchy title. Coming up with something witty, sensual, or entertaining would dramatically give your upcoming song the life it needs. This title should sum up the song’s message. By creating the title, you are already one step ahead in creating your song.
Turn the Title into a Story
Here you should have a very clear idea of what the song is going to be. To improve your songwriting, you need to turn the title into a story. There are certain things a story needs to have.
The story needs a plot. The plot will contain a picture of the characters, there will be some tension or conflict, a solution will be found, and the tension is resolved.
The story needs a point of reference. The song can be in first person, in second person or in third person. Once you decide on the point of reference, keep it consistent, avoid switching the reference point.
Every story progresses through time. There will be a starting point, a middle point, and an end point. You can change to the emphasis of a song by playing around with the order of the time periods.
As you develop, the song’s story line make sure that every line supports the title of the song. Anything that distracts from the title needs to be removed. The key to better lyrics is to write to the song title.
Work out the structure
A song usually has a body with a recognizable formula. There is an intro, verse, chorus, bridge which is followed by a verse and chorus. It is easier to create a song following this formula. Just follow the structure as you write your song.
Write your ‘poetry’
At this stage, you are seeking the answers to the questions posed by the title you chose. Ask yourself what thoughts, what emotions or questions the title provokes and try to answer them using a poetic style. The main idea here is to write your hopes and thoughts as you would poetry. You should try to omit too much rhyming. Just grab your idea and run with it till you are satisfied with your content.
Here are some additional songwriting techniques that will help you make the most out of your work:
- Rhyme has a mnemonic effect on the listener as it creates a catchy phrase that he/she can easily remember. Set up a rhythm that is independent of the beat of the song.
- Imagery- this songwriting techniques is a great tool as it helps carry a metaphor all the way in the song. You can use specific language that relates to your central metaphor so that the language recalls the imagery referred to in the song.
- Repetition, like rhyme, helps the listener remember the song easily. When words or phrases are often repeated, it is easier for the audience to master and sing along whenever your song is played. This is why the chorus is important in a song.