I’ve been a songwriter for years simply because I love doing it. No matter what I do I’ll never stop enjoying the craft of songwriting or being a songwriter. The pleasure, the pain, the joy and frustration of it all. Sometimes songs happen very quickly like some supernatural force blew right through my brain, and other times the only real sound coming out of my home studio is my heading banging on my desk. But this article is about that song that keeps eating away at you, but you can’t finish It’s in your stockpile, but you just don’t know how to revive it or get unstuck. Yeah you’re songs got problems, and you know it, but you know it’s gonna be a great one if you could just fix it!
1) Title – I can’t believe I didn’t know this for years. This is by far the simplest way to get your song on track, if you can’t find a focus or are having serious lyrical issues. Do you have a strong title? What is the emotional essence of your song and does the title capture that? If not, find a title that doesn’t reels song download. The phrase should be catchy/memorable and stick in your mind. It can be vivid with imagery, or it can be simple and timeless, or it can be kitschy and cool. This can really help carve out the central them and the storyline if you are stuck lyrically.
2) Contrast – do the various parts of your song have contrast? Three easy places to look in talking about contrast are lyrics, melody and rhythm. Maybe your song needs more lyrical contrast, sad verses contrasting a lighter and more uplifting chorus. Or perhaps the melody in the verse is in a lower range, while the chorus soars up high, letting the audience know it. Or rhythmically, the verses are more staccato and have more notes, and the choruses have longer, legado notes. Maybe the verses are more monotone in pitch with little variation, and the choruses have lots of melodic variation. Or vice verse with any of the above concepts, and anything in between. Play around see what works for the particular song. We’re not trying to write strictly by the rules, but following some basic guidelines like this can really straighten our song out. Push the envelope and see what feels right.
3) Strong & Memorable Melody – yes let’s talk about that thing called melody. I often start off writing songs with the guitar, playing a chord progression with a definite rhythm and harmony. Or sometimes I start with a programmed beat, or singing over someone else’s song or instrumental. Other times I have started humming the melody on the street, on the subway or in the shower, and the chords come later. If you started with the melody, you most likely are ahead of the game. I hate to admit it, but stronger songs generally come from a focus on the melody first, and usually start with the melody being written first. If you started with a harmony/rhythm instrument like the guitar or piano, put it down and sing the melody alone. Is the melody memorable? Or were you just singing along with your instrument. Remember the harmony of the instruments support the melody – not the other way around. Be brutally honest here. A great exercise is to take a pencil and paper – as you go through the song, draw a line from left to right and go up and down with the melody. Do this through the 1st Verse, 1st Chorus, 2nd Verse, 2nd Chorus and Bridge. Notice the variation and contrast too, or lack thereof.
4) Solid Song Structure – do you know the four basic song structures across all music? That’s fodder for another article, but I’ll mention them briefly. They are AABA, Verse/Chorus, Blues and Ballad. That’s it. Every song known to man is one of these or is some kind of variation of these basic song structures. If your song goes on and on or meanders into never-never land, you most likely have a structural problem. And here’s a hint: modern songwriting is primarily Verse/Chorus songwriting. Get your structure solid.