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The Core

The Core

Before you start, you'll have to have a topic in mind.

Although I've made songs from merely having a melody stuck in my head or finding a chord progression to write around, it needed to make sense

There are plenty of nonensical lyrics in songs that end up being hits but you'll have to remember that it's always better if the song has authenticity to it's creator.

When you write a song coming from a real place, you are able to connect to the listeners much better.

Find a topic that interests/ inspires you. If you have writer's block, you can find ideas on the internet to get you started.

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Game Plan

Game Plan

First,sit back and think about your approach.

  1. Would you want it to be sad, happy, angry or any other emotion?
  2. Would you want it to be a pop, rock, metal, hip-hop, indie, etc. song?
  3. Would you rather have it change the emotion into something completely different, or stay ...

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Basics

Basics

To write a song, you'll have to get a hold of the typical framework. Like people, songs come in all shapes, colours and sizes but commercially it is quite certain that a good song would contain:

  • Verse 1
  • (optional: Pre-chorus) Chorus
  • Verse 2
  • (optional: Pre-choru...

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Stack It Up

Stack It Up

Now, you're good to go.

Do some research and listen to different song structures and keep a mental note of how it works

It's time to weave and piece it together, this is where you get bring your creativity to the table make edits, make changes, make it true to YOU. Even though I've t...

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Phrasing

Phrasing

Phrasing means timing

Make sure your words sound on time in the verses or any other places you change your words.

Always remember that your chorus is the main part of your song, so it almost never changes lyrics. This is because a chorus is the part of the song that people sing along ...

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Cadence

Cadence

Cadence is the end of the song. It is an important part of song writing because closure is what gives us fulfillment.

I do recommend ending it round circle, with something you said in the verse or a melody you used in the verse. It gives the listener a feeling of nostalgia and satisfaction...

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Hooks

Hooks

Hooks are the addictive part of the song. The part that makes your song memorable. Usually hooks are the titles of the song.

They can either be a melody or a lyric (most probably the title)

It's always good to start the song by thinking of a great hook. Some good hooks are: aliteratio...

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Rhyming

Rhyming

Once you've got some words to work with, start rhyming.

Some songs didn't have many rhymes but attracted the public, but until we're stinking famous to be able to do whatever we want... We need to follow atleast some rhyming schemes:

  • AABB
  • ABAB
  • ABCB
  • AAAA

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What Do YOU Want It To Be?

What Do YOU Want It To Be?

From personal experience, I've come across three groups to choose from:

  • A song from your perspective, about something you went through
  • A song from a third-person perspective about something you went through
  • A story song - includes vivid imagery and a classic story p...

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Songs are a great outlet of emotions. Our emotions can be expressed simply by words but when you add music to the equation, you bring a whole new dimension to emotion that is more easily understood.

Whatever I've said so far can be applied for commercial songwriting but it's always nice to ...

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Inspiration

Inspiration

How to find inspiration?

I have a practice of keeping a note of any interesting melody I hum and get hooked on to. I even record things such as, an innovative painting, a beautiful idiom, poetry or contronyms.

The note app on your phone is an easy and accessible way t...

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EMINEM

If I'm not passionate about it, I can't write it. I can't fake it.

EMINEM

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Melody

Melody

Before working on the lyrics, find a good melody for your verses, pre-choruses, chorus and bridge.

If you can't play an instrument or chords, there are a few backing tracks available on YouTube or other sources to help you craft a song around it.

Melody first. Lyrics later.

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CURATED FROM

Here's a small guide to the world of songwriting from my personal experience as a passionate songwriter. Get inspired and write away!

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Find a role model

Find a role model

Who is your role model?

Have you ever thought of who inspires you do become a better version of yourself?

If you want to be more assertive, find someone you admire who's assertive. Try to strike up a conversation with them and ask them how they do it.

By d...

Choose the topics you're passionate about

No matter how great of a writer you are, you won't be able to put out great content if you're writing something that bores you. It's difficult to generate ideas on a topic you have zero interest in.

Writing is an intellectual practice and it's much easier to write ...

The writing process

  • Write the first draft of an essay fast, trying various ideas. Then spend time rewriting it very carefully.
  • If you write a bad sentence, don't publish it. Delete it and do it again.
  • If a sentence seems clumsy, ask why it doesn't seem right. By asking thi...

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