Writing a song is actually an art, a skill that is rarely taught. Musicians nowadays, are not tending to write intuitively, arresting their ideas and arrange the music that’s around them, and wait for their melodic and lyrical direction.
But the question of today’s generation is how to reach the level of songwriters like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash or Joni Mitchell and they can be answered in two ways:
Firstly, the best part in the trade is to understand the level that is totally depends upon their network and this article helps you to understand about the second aspect that is the ability to write the songs in a purely professional way. Anybody is this world can learn first, even if you are narcissistic. Believe in that thought in which it is well said – Trust yourself first, then others will definitely. But yes, to become an expert in writing down the songs it needs devotion bordering on insanity. Let’s discuss a few points that will help you initially to reach your goals.
Many songwriters like to initially start with a melody because that’s what comes first. We can take the example of Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday” that starts with the melodic line in which he has used the lyrics, “Scrambled eggs, oh you have got such lovely legs”. Make sure you always try simply using any non- sense syllables to establish the melody.
Don’t you worry if that melodic line doesn’t come? Melodies that are used for the pentatonic scale are among the most common in the history. For example, in C, the 5 notes are:
Do experiment with these five notes only and try writing down every snippet of an idea that attracts your ears the most.
How to transfer the emotional meaning in your lyrics
At the initial level of starting with the lyrics, think of every listener because everyone has their own life experiences and will interact towards the song differently. Your task is to connect with the distinct people through their feelings, whether it be emotional highs, low beams or everything in between.
You should be assured with the feelings that you are trying to convey. Is there anyone else who feels the same the way you do? What are the ways that you have shared in that experience with others and from where this feeling come towards you?
Song writing can be fiercely personal, but at that very moment it is crucial to realize that if you want others to connect to your song, make sure that the feelings that are shared should be in the easiest way so that they can connect easily. By realizing the connectivity of every person, you’re trying to connect with every individual and that can help your lyrics flow more naturally.
There are many similar songs, but listening to the two different songs with the same subject you will also conclude that the subject doesn’t matter, what matter is, the lyrics and the emotions that are attached to the song and it’s a good song can actually change the feeling or mood of the listener. As stress can be relieved by listening to the light songs.
Create a format
90% of the songs follows a particular variation i.e., introduction, a verse or two, which is followed by a chorus, a bridge that leads to another chorus and/or verse. We can explain these for clear clarifications:
Intro – The attraction part lies here, that should be usually catchy instrumental section that will grab the attention of the listener’s.
Verse – The emotional connection is the story-telling part of the song that builds relation between the song and the listener.
Chorus – The part of the song that everyone recognizes or we can say remember, even if one forgets the words but can hum the melody.
Bridge – The Bridge is the part where everything gets shuffled and helps the listener to get connected to the song, many times.
Outro – A quick tag at the end of the song that gives it a sense of decision.
In the end, I would like to conclude that these three tips are written to give you a general idea on how to improve your song writing skills. But what if, you could take your song writing abilities to the next level and overdrive them, what your life would look like if you will be others will be singing your songs. If improving faster than you thought possible is something that interests you, then follow these 3 tips that will definitely help you at initial level.