Learning how to Write a Song can be challenging! Tell me, haven’t you thought of writing a song yet not knowing how to start?
I’ve gotcha! I am on the same boat and this post will help you learn how to write a song easily in 11 steps that will turn you into a pro in no time!
How to Write a Song in 11 Easy Steps Like a Pro!
There are specific tactics you can follow when it comes to writing a song and before we go into them let me break them down for you!
1. You need some Inspiration Child!
If you’re a singer
When it comes to writing songs, If you’re a singer, what inspires you can take you a long way through the song.
You should notice topics and situations you want to sing about.
Then you note down phrases, lines, and emotions that come to your head when you think of those topics.
What do singers you admire sing about? Analyze their lyrics to see how the songs are structured.
If you’re an instrumentalist
On the other hand, if you’re an instrumentalist, you should start looking for inspiration everywhere.
What are some songs that you like? Study their chords, melody, and their rhythm.
2. Start with the title
Having a clear mind of the title of the song will make you flow easily when it comes to learning how to write a song.
Try using an image or action word in a phrase of one to six words that will form the title of your song.
That will give your song the needed energy and interest.
What should a title include?
A good way to start is by asking yourself what you want to say about your title and what you think your listeners might want to know.
Making a list of questions can make this process easier.
3. Choose a song structure
Right now, the most popular structure is:
Let’s not forget that many songs add a short section called a “pre-chorus” or “lift” between the verse and chorus to build anticipation.
Why not include something like that as well!
4. Write the lyrics
Now that you have your song structure in place it’s time to write your lyrics!
Choose a clear topic that people can deeply connect with your music.
Here are some examples of good topics:
- Love is always a good topic and worked for many amazing songs: Falling in love, pain in love, breakups, fights, future plans and more.
- An experience you had – a bad or a good one
- Your opinion on something
- Another idea or line that came to your mind
Here are two ways to write a song’s lyrics:
Start by Writing the text first!
This is for those that feel that having the lyrics before the melody is a better option.
You can go around the world collecting ideas until you have a handful of text ready.
Attach it then to a melody later on and you are ready to go.
This option works great because you can get inspired wherever you are by writing down your ideas on paper or your phone.
Get inspired by instrumentals & beats.
The other way round is to listen to the music for a while, this will allow inspiration for ideas to flow.
Then write the lyrics over it.
5. Find the melody in your lyric.
It’s time to find the melody in your lyrics by choosing the lines you like best for your chorus.
Notice the natural rhythm and melody of your speech when you say the lines with lots of feeling.
This is the beginning of your chorus melody.
Experiment with rhythm and melodies.
You have thousands of options to play your cool chords. If you play them faster, change quicker or use a melody on top changes the song mood completely.
Record music ideas right away.
Save chords or melodies you like. Play along with them to find more ideas. You can record multi-track songs on our platform for free. That way other users can also contribute to your song and give you new input.
6. Choose some cool chords
If you happen to play an instrument and wonder how to write a song this is how you can go about it:
Play a chord you like.
Start with basic chords. It might be a simple chord like C, E, F or G.
Check out which other chords fit and sound nice. If you start with an E chord, the subdominant A and dominant B will fit quite well.
You should collect every combination of chords that sound good together.
You need to let your creativity flow.
Sometimes you get the best ideas when you’re playing with other musicians. You can do the same by playing along to some backing tracks.
7. How to write a song chorus
The chorus is the hook of each song, a part well remembered. So it’s worth investing some time here.
Start to gather ideas for the hook and/or the lyrics. Just as in #3, check what sounds nice. An E-A-H-E chords combo will wound differently than an E-A-E-H-E-E-A.
Don’t judge your ideas too early.
Not every word you write down has to be perfect. Not every chord you play has to be the final one. Collect everything and pick, what is more catchy.
Pick one of the ideas.
You have some ideas now, now pick the best. A helpful tip is to focus on ONE text /melody idea. How do you feel when you think about it? Notice all thoughts and emotions. Make them part of the song.
8. How to write a song verse
A verse tells more about your situation or feeling than the chorus. So think further. What details are there? What different scenarios? How did the situation develop? What might happen in the future?
Think again about harmony, melody, and rhythm. Do you want to play the same chords as in chorus? Do you want to have a new melody for the guitar or vocals? How should the rhythm be compared to the chorus? Think also about dynamics. A huge dynamics contrast between chorus and verse can change a lot.
9. Create a song structure
Whenever you have a good chorus, a melody, and a text it’s time to structure them.
Order of chorus and verse
Do you want to stick to the famous verse / chorus / verse / chorus / bridge / chorus structure? Or turn it all in a new way? Think about it.
How do you want your song to sound?
Do you want a strong contrast between chorus and verse or a small difference? Classically, the chorus is played and sung on higher notes than the verse. Think of your song as a building people enter. What should they see first, what sh0uld come later?
10. Play and practice the whole song
Practice the song
You already have some great lyrics, a chorus and verse ready. You thought about the structure and created additional song parts. Connect the parts and play them a bit.
It’s ok if your song is not the next genius #1 hit already
There is no need to judge your song too much at this point! Save whatever you’ve got so far and come back to it later. With a fresh mind and after you’ve had some time for the song to settle.
11. Record your song
It’s time to record your song in order to remember it.
Recording now is not professional, but just makes sure, you won’t lose the new song.
Here are some great options:
- Record yourself while you’re playing and singing your new song using your smartphone.
- You can use free programs like AudioRecorder, PhotoBooth, QuickTime Player or others or multi-track recorder if you want to go deep.
Practice again and again because songwriting is a skill.
Practice it often and you’ll become better each day.
And that’s it. Those are our tips on how to write a song for beginners. Now it’s up to you to put them into practice. Comment below if you liked the tips or have something to add. Send us the link to your new song and we’ll feature you on our channels.
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See ya, Cosby!