While some people may have a natural talent for songwriting, others will have to work hard to polish their skills. Just like you get people who can pick up any instrument and play anything on it just by listening to a song. If you feel you need a nudge in the right direction to sharpen your songwriting skills, you’ve come to the right place.
In this post, we share some great tips to get you started.
The first trick is to listen to some of the best songwriters songs. In fact, you can even try to avoid talking for a couple of hours and focus on the lyrics and music. Look to songwriter greats such as Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon or Johnny Cash.
Learn to Play Great Songs
Covering a great song is no cheat, and can be a great exercise to get your creative juices flowing. It is said that when you learn to play and perform someone else’s songs, you are getting exposed to the basics of songwriting, which is an added benefit.
Stay True to Yourself
When it comes to lyrics, the best advice we can give is to keep things real. Avoid common clichés at all cost, and write from the heart. This will also make it easier for your potential audience to relate to it. Don’t be afraid, take your idea and feelings and write them down!
Play With Chords
Finally, once you have your lyrics ready, you can start adding a melody and rhythm. Try humming a tune while reading the lyrics, and work your way up from there. Once you have a basic melody and rhythm, you are ready to start playing around with chords and adding it to your lyrics.
Remember, anything worth your time and effort is not going to be easy. You’ll have to persevere and keep at it, never lose sight of your end goal, and remember to have fun!