3 Simple But Powerful Songwriting Tips
Are you frustrated or dissatisfied with the songs you have written? Do you think your songs have to conform to a certain standard before they are good? If so, what exactly are you comparing them to? You may find that you have an unrealistic expectation of yourself or what you think a song is or should be.
If you’re unhappy with the songs you’ve written or think your songs aren’t what they should be, check out these three songwriting tips to focus your attention on clarifying what you think you want to get out of your songs.
1. Why do you want to write a song?
What do you want to communicate? Don’t discount this, answering this question is more important than you think. If you know why you are doing something, your path will be much clearer. For example, do you see yourself performing on some late-night rock TV show with the audience going wild for more, or do you want to write a romantic love song to impress your partner? Or maybe you want to do an acoustic presentation at the local bar? The answer will influence your behavior and your writing style.
2. Write and do what you know.
Do you know how to put chord progressions together on the piano and improvise on top or do you know how to link drum machines and turn tables with a host of midi gear to produce the biggest and baddest beats on this side of Georgia? There’s no difference. Your song will have more style and impact if you can find the courage to be yourself and use those talents you have today, not in what you think you should be doing or how your song should sound.
3. Develop your habit of writing songs.
How do you come up with ideas? Repetition increases the likelihood of repetition, which means that the more you do something, the more likely you are to do it. The more you get used to writing letters in a notebook that you carry with you at all times, the more likely you are to write letters in a notebook that you carry with you at all times. Get in the habit of writing down your thoughts when your inspiration strikes because ideas always come when you least expect them.
Your inspiration could be in the form of lyrics, a sound you heard on the street, an unusual chord change you heard on the radio, or a rhythm your mom was playing on her cup of coffee. By doing this, you can refer to your own wisdom when you need it. These are the gems that will determine your style and show you the way to go.
Disciplining yourself with these three songwriting tips will give you confidence in yourself and your music. Realize that to write a song, you don’t need to be anyone other than who you are, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Whether you’re tapping a beat with a couple of spoons or tipping an upright punk guitar accompanied by someone tap dancing to a different time signature, songwriting is subjective. Someone somewhere will love what you do, someone somewhere will throw it away like the most incredible pile of garbage ever to appear on the music scene in music history. The most important question to ask yourself at the end of the day is, do you like it?