Most people believe they can write a song. Some even take classes on it. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. However, most anyone who thinks they can do it could probably write a very good song. At least that is what I say.
When I wrote my song back in high school it was mostly lyrics. I didn’t really have a melody per se but there was a melody. All the same note though. No variation in tone or anything. Very simple. I think anyone could do better than that. So here are my tips for you to be the songwriter that you want to be.
Decide on what type of music. If it’s classically based, pop and catchy tunes, or R & B with some bass and a nice beat. Then pick a topic to sing about or do as I do- go from the seat of your pants. Writing a song is not just writing the lyrics it’s also for writing the music. The notes that a person who plays the song actually sees to play the song that was written. That is a song. Both lyrics and the music.
Lyrics can determine what the type of music is. For example, I will borrow from Maya Angelou. “It was in the swing of my hips”. Put that with say a beat or a melody. Singing in a high melodic voice or a more husky voice. Sing with a sympathetic beat or a slow calypso beat. Anything you want to do in order to make your song.
I started off with the words. As if I was writing a poem. And the poem had to have a rhythm to it. You know the beat. The beat had to be a nice steady beat that would vary at a different pace every so often. Then came the rest of the song.
My favorite music has a nice steady beat that uses say snare drums or a bass drum beat or the drum set. Then the guitar comes in with steady chords and riffs. Then the special instruments beside the voice. Like a trumpet, alto or tenor sax and your tambourine. Put it all together and you have a helluva a musical sound to now put your lyrics too. I use a program on my computer that you can use too. It will write the music notes and your lyrics.
When you put them all together you have a song that you wrote and can play. You didn’t need all those instruments just a computer program to simulate what you wanted.