Saturday, April 4, 2020
Songwriting tips: how to write a good song - part 1/3
Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we start another of our omnicomprehensive articles for the "start from here" serie in which we will gather the best songrwiting articles written so far for this blog.
How to write a song?
Asked this way the question makes little sense, because all must start from the inspiration, from having something to say.
What this article is about is how to take an idea, a concept, a message of any kind (it doesn't have to be necessarily something too complex of phylosophic, it could be as straightforward as "I love you") and turn it into a song, analyzing some inspiration sources and giving some tip on to improve it and make it more effective.
Let's start from the basics: we need an idea. If you have stumbled upon this article, it means that probably this idea is not quite there yet, but don't worry: you just need to tune your antennas to the right frequencies to be able to hear in your inner ear some melody that does not exist yet, but that is already there, up in the air, waiting for someone to find it and turn it into actual music.
This is a theory that many artists believe (for example John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Pepper): the one that the artist is just a "medium" that can hear or see something the others cannot and that his/her role is just to make material something that is already there in another plan, but whether you believe it or not, you need to get your ideas going, and not always this is easy: click here to read 5 ideas to make your music creativity running.
Now that you have some song stub, such as a chorus, a riff, some phrase for a verse, it's time to start putting together the pieces of the puzzle.
Building the structure of a song is an art that involves taste, a bit of knowledge of psychoacoustics, industry standards, hard choices and summarizing capability.
To find out how the songwriting professionists reason when putting together a song, check out this article with the most famous song structures in modern music.
Once we have a more or less stable structure that doesn't have boring parts, it's time to focus on what usually is the focal point of the song: the Chorus.
Usually the first part of the song before the chorus is a buildup, like a petting that grows of intensity until it reaches the climax, and if we want the climax to be memorable, the chorus needs to have something that stands out from the rest and remains in the mind of the listener, which could be lyrics, sound, a change in dynamics (the song is quiet and the chorus is loud or vice versa), or anything else: click here to read 5 songwriter tips to make your chorus more effective.
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