Lyric writing might be the single most difficult part of the songwriting process.
It certainly takes the most time and effort to get right. One can improvise special music, but very rarely can someone improvise special lyrics.
Raw talent is always something interesting, but what if you had a growing loyal following and videos that could almost be among the official videos for new songs being released by the major labels?
Those are most likely to grab the attention of people in power and those are what you should focus on. Here are some tips to get you started.
One of the things I want to be doing is putting up more videos on YouTube. Video is the way of the future and the more you know about the what and how of this medium (video) then the better off you’re going to be in your songwriting/music career.
How far into the future do you think about your songwriting? Where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing in a year’s time?
It’s definitely worth thinking about, because if you’ve got no specific plan, it means that anything that happens with your songwriting will come down to random chance.
I don’t know about you, but random chance never sits well with me.
For genres like pop, hip-hop, R&B, and EDM/dance music, in most instances, the backing track is created before the words and vocal melody.
The track consists of essentially all the music that will accompany the vocal and typically includes drums and percussion, keyboards, and bass.
Live guitars or computer generated guitar sounds and additional instruments might also be included.
The only things missing are the topline – the vocal melody and the lyrics.
One of the questions I get most often when I mentor songwriters is “Why does everyone tell me I need to write more conversational lyrics?”
While there is no “one size fits all” answer to how your lyrics “should” be written, there is a reason that people give you that advice.
It makes sense to me. If the lyrics of a song remind you of something that you do every day… Conversation, then it stands to reason that a more conversational lyric would be remembered more by the listener.
Being unique does not need to mean being strange, or at least certainly not overly strange. Most of the time, what you feel comfortable doing as a songwriter will be constrained at least to a certain degree by the definition of the genre you work in.
The uniqueness of your songs can come from the smallest of changes. They don’t have to be big or monumental. Adding a little extra to your songwriting shouldn’t be a scary thing.
If you aren’t getting the results from your songwriting that you expect, if you’ve ever felt like songwriting was melting your brain or made you want to smash your guitar I can guarantee you’ve made at least one of these 5 songwriting excuses explored (and solved) in this article.
One of the most overlooked details in the songwriting business is how to properly format lyric sheets. Here are the “dos and don’ts” for aspiring songwriters wanting to present themselves as real pros.
I had no idea that lyric sheets needed to be formatted in a certain way to be seen as professional. Great article 🙂
I’m aware that some songwriters neither sing nor play an instrument, however, the vast majority do at least a little of both. And while I would never recommend doing something that would be discouraging or possibly put you or your songs in a bad light, I think that there are some very compelling reasons why most of us should find a way to perform our own songs from time to time.
… and if you can’t perform your own songs at least find someone whom you trust to do the job for you. Putting your songs in the best possible light through live performance is so very important.
The main reason that an old good song can teach us so much is that for all the things that matter, songs really haven’t changed all that much.
Most of the differences we see between a hit song from the 60s, let’s say, and one written today, are mainly cosmetic: production-level characteristics.
There is nothing wrong with using songs that have worked in the past as a foundation for the songs you write in the future