Nothing can advance your career faster than having great
songs. I believe that songwriting is a learned skill that
can be sharpened thus advancing your musical career. Here
are a few tips that you can use to shape up your songwriting
skills. Some are obvious and basic and others are techniques
that you may not have tried.
Write with a drum beats
Start off writing a new song with a drum beat (this can even
be a factory programed beat) and write a riff or rhythm
around the drum beat. I often find musicians that are not
drummers write many songs with the same feel, this may help
fix this problem. You can also have your drummer start with
a beat that you write around but beware, make sure that the
drum patterns are not too similar to something you already
have written. Another common issue I hear with songs are that
they are all very close in tempo. Try setting the drum machines
bpm different to give you a fresh start when writting a new
Use a rhyming dictionary
If you write lyrics this can be a great tool to help you
with rhymes. You can pick one up inexpensively at any book
Collaborate with others
If you normally write by yourself or with your band members,
find others to write with. Many people have unique
approaches to songwriting and you will definitely learn from
this and come up with some fresh ideas.
Write with other instruments
Experiment with other instruments other that your main
instrument. If you play guitar try keys and visa versa. How
about writing on bass? You may be able to come up with a
cool riff and turn it into a new song.
Take songs from big name bands and pull them apart and study
them. Find out what types of scales are being used for the
melody or lead vocal, how the bass and drums are working
together, what cords are the back up vocals forming? What is
the structure of the song (verse-chorus-verse-bridge). Use
this info to help you come up with something that is equally
cool but unique to your sound.
Join a songwriting association
There are many of these across the country. You should see
if there is an association in your city. They can offer
critiques of your songs, networking and you may even meet
with industry professionals. If you donÕt have one in your
city consider starting one.
Start with a vocal idea
Start writing a new song with a cool vocal idea and write
the music around this vocal idea.This may yield some
different and interesting song ideas.
If you do write with others try any and all suggestions no
matter how weird the idea may be. Dont instantly shoot down
any ideas, give it a try if it doesnt sound good, dont use
Well there you have a few tips to help you with your
songwriting. Good luck and keep plugging. I really do
believe the more that you write the better you will become.