Songwriting 101: How to Become a Song Writer

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songwritingSongwriting 101: How to Become a Song Writer – Some people are born with the ability to write songs, while some learn how to do it. It doesn’t matter if you consider songwriting to be a natural talent or an acquired skill. What matters is that anyone can be a songwriter if they work hard enough at it. There are many ways to learn how to write a song. Here are just some examples:

Listen – Book authors, journalists, and freelance authors have one thing in common – they love to read. The same principle applies to song writers. You can’t write songs if you don’t listen to music. While listening, analyze how the song is structured and take note of the melodies, harmonies, chords, and instrumentations used. Also, don’t limit yourself to your preferred genre. You can get inspiration for a song from genres that you normally don’t listen to.

Learn to play an instrument – If you plan to write songs on your own, you need to have a good understanding of chord patterns and other musical aspects of songwriting. If that’s not your thing, you can still become a lyricist and collaborate with musicians on a song.

Practice writing lyrics – Writing the lyrics to a song isn’t as simple as finding words that rhyme and jamming them together in a verse. Some people are naturally gifted when it comes to expressing themselves in words. If you’re not one of them, you can always take writing classes or learn how to write lyrics by yourself using online resources.

Study songwriting – There are a lot of places to study for a song writer. Many music schools, colleges, and universities offer songwriting courses. All you really need to do is to sign up for them and learn everything from the most basic aspect of songwriting to the most advanced techniques. Just remember that not all successful song writers had formal education in music and writing, so before you spend your hard earned money on a class, think about whether learning how to write songs in school is the best approach for you to take.

Just write – Stop thinking about writing a song and just go ahead and write one. The very first song you come up with may not be the best song in the world, but it’s a start. Keep writing and refine your songwriting skills as you go along. It’s also a good idea to talk to song writers that you know and get some advice from them.

 

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