Song-writing is a passion for some people and job for few people. There are of course different approaches to write a songs. Here are some good tips that you can always consider while writing songs.
1. Be inspired!
The right mentality helps to stimulate ideas. Whether it is a candle-lit room or a warm sunny day… discover what inspires you. Creativity can be generated by anything: a coffee break, a film, a conversation, a look from someone else, etc.
2. Don’t get distracted!
Even though it is very difficult with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram these days. Keep your priorities in order. Set your phone to airplane mode so that you can be completely in the zone.
3. Keep it simple!
A simple beat on the table and a little inspiration can always be the basis for a song. Why wouldn’t you record that? Some songs are even made for example with the sound of a printer. So don’t limit yourself!
4. The first idea is often the best!
Consider all ideas, but especially the first. And always record it, on your smartphone or something. Of course it would be great to record in the highest quality, but the best ideas are not always born in the most perfect conditions.
There are countless ways to create new sounds and/or loops by using plugins and a DAW. And with current MIDI technology, it’s so easy to change instruments/sounds even in the middle of a track. The tempo is also very important: what does it sound like when it is played faster or slower? Also, try to play the song in different moods. It is amazing how certain songs can change dramatically.
6. Put something else in your hands!
If you are stuck, try to grab an instrument that you rarely use, such as a mandolin, a banjo or a harmonica. In this way you bring yourself back to the essential elements of a song, namely the melody or the chord progressions. By using a bass, you get to the melody lines more easily, because you eliminate the harmonies. When you grab your favorite instrument, you often jump directly to your familiar chords and progressions. It is always refreshing to break these habits.
7. Practicing is a waste of time!
Incorrect! When writing songs it is always inspiring to try out what you have learned. Practice makes perfect, and the same also applies to the song-writing process.
Nobody asks you to reinvent the wheel, but they still try to develop your own composition. More often time is invested in getting the right sounds than in writing a good text. This is very time-consuming and ultimately not very practical. With a good structure and the right essence, a song often does not need gimmicks.
9. Leave it alone!
Initiate an idea, let it rest for a while and work on something new. Not every idea will be the pinnacle of genius. It is not for nothing that out of the dozens of songs that are produced for an album, only 10 or 12 are selected. Often several incomplete song ideas are combined for a composition, and sometimes they are reorganized or exchanged to make something truly unique.
10. Music is fun!
If your song-writing day had not been really productive, remember that all creative activities have their ups and downs. Creativity is like a muscle that can be trained. Analyzing songs can be very helpful, not just the harmonic or rhythmic structures, but especially their emotional effect. What touches you on a certain chorus? Is it the words or the way they are sung? It may be that it is a certain sound that supports the entire composition.