Songwriting Ideas

  1. Find a theme for your song. First of all, you need to know what you want your song to represent. Is it a song about love and romance? Or about the pain and sorrow? During this process, it is better to identify how you feel and what is your current mood. What inspires you now? Maybe you feel totally common, and it’s almost like there’s no inspiration in your life. If so, it might be a good idea to look for other sources of inspiration. Here are some things you can try:
    • Talk: Maybe you’ve had a very good chat with someone in the last few days. Try to think of some key points of this conversation, and turn them into the lyrics of the song.
    • Movies: Think of one of your favorite movies. What provoked emotions in you? You can write a song about the movie, or take ideas from it.
    • Novels and / or poems: What is the last book you read? If you have not read anything lately, trying to take a book to give you ideas. Poems are another alternative for ideas.


  2. Decide if you want to start with the melody or lyrics. This is an important and sometimes difficult decision. What do you think of first? the lyrics or the music? This should help you determine how to begin. If you realize that you usually hum the melody much faster than writing letters, then it may be best to take the guitar or sit at the piano first. If you are someone who can score points quickly once the idea came to your head, then find a quiet place to sit down and start writing. The next two steps can be changed depending on what you decide to do first.
  3. Idea melody. Writing a good song is a somewhat complicated concept. Generally, the simpler the song, the more effective. But here’s the tricky, because you must make it perfectly simple melody, without sounding amateur or “cheap”. But let this not be afraid, just remember to be original and pass things by themselves. Be patient and take time to achieve your best work.
    • Start playing simple chords on your guitar or piano. Keep in mind the theme you have chosen for your song. If it is dark or sad, stick to minor chords. But if the song is faster and happy major chords used.
    • Start humming or whistling different tunes on chords.
    • Invest in a Dictaphone or a mini-recorder, because you never know when will that melody is perfect and better burn it while it’s fresh in your head.
    • If you play guitar and you like to play open chords, invest in a bonnet. This will help you to try new shades.
    • Challenge yourself to learn new scales and chords. This will add depth to your music and make it sound better.
    • If you get stuck, try using tools such as dictionaries or thesauruses rhymes.
    • Make sure you are using the words in context. Use a dictionary if you are unsure.


  4. Perfect and rewrite if necessary. It is important that you make sure that your song is the best version that can be. No point in spending much time in a song that does not satisfy you completely. However, there is a fine line between knowing that when your song is complete. Some artists rewrite the song too many times, and end up losing the essential meaning which made the song worth first. Do your best to avoid falling into this error. Remember that you will always be your worst critic, so I do not obsess much with this point.
    • Ponte challenges constantly asking “Is this really the best that I can think of for this part?”
  5. Make sure you have a safe and peaceful place to relax before you start. Stretch or do yoga, take some water and relax. Make sure you have a notebook or your computer to write the letters. After doing this, the words come alone.
    • Do not be afraid to experiment. Try to be creative and not limit you, but not take him so far that no one else can identify your music.
    • Play the song for a friend or family member who is not afraid to give honest feedback.


  6. Try to find the chords of the song, especially if you play in front of a live audience or on youtube.
    • The best tools to make chords are the guitar and piano. Remember that always sounds better than acepella. Be sure to experiment with these instruments.


  • Practice and work hard. Rome was not built in a day, and you can make the accomplish thousands of songs do your best work.
  • Keep it real. Remember to write music: “Only you!” Let people know who you are through your music.
  • Try to write a few things before you start. For example, write a past experience. Then write the things that you associate with that event.
  • Keep reminding yourself why you love writing music.
  • Do not get into problems with the law.
  • Become a sponge in the case of inspiration. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times, because you never know when it will arrive.
  • He studied music theory. It may sound boring, but it gives you an easy way to write songs. After all, it was that music theory which gave us such wonderful songs to Do, Fa, Sol Study a little more, and you may end up writing something that sounds even better than pop music!
  • Try to make the lyrics of the song comes from past experiences that have a stronger bond with the lyrics when playing your song.
  • Always remember to have fun and let the thoughts flow.


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