How to write a song?

Hi, and welcome to our "How to write a song?" page. The place were  a song suppose to  start is in your heart and in your mind. For some it's very simple, and for other's is an mission impossible..

Maybe you think: 'every one can write a song' True, but not everyone knows how to write songs that other people love to hear. Radio broadcasting ready songs. 

How to write a song with financial potential..?

Unfortunately , success in songwriting don't happen to all of us..The happy few.. The most talented..But, as they say, you never know as you never tried..

A song exists out words that mostly rhymes, and these are put on a melody, or other way around..But again, that's an other discussion.. Does a song lyric needs to rhyme? Some will say , yes, and others will tell you: Certainly not...There's freedom.. You are the author..of the song...

Basically, to write a song there are no fixed rules that you can follow. But what you can do is copy what others successfully have done before you . To say that this is the only right way to follow, I suppose that's a little bit exaggerated. I should say: take it only a guideline that can help you to write your songs.

You are and stay master of your songs, and you write your songs exactly the way that you want. So, there are some basic elements that you can follow to write your songs.

The five most common songwriting basics are : the intro, The hook, the bridge, the verses, the refrain or chorus

The Verses:

A good song needs no more then two or three verses enough. For merely of the songs it need to be poetry. Also,You must tell as much as possible with as few words as possible, you have to bring the message and the story line in as fewest words as possible. But, because it need to rhymes, that's not an easy mission. The listener has still to understand what the song is about.

But as always , there are exceptions. There are some hit songs that you would think of totally chaos,and no poetry or rhyming parts, no story line, no verses, and no chorus, and yet they're still hit songs. Sometimes this can be a bit frustrating for the lyricist who really try to do his/her best to write strong material.

How to write a song with a good intro?

Many songs are having an intro to start with. This is in most cases an instrumental part. What I do mean with an intro? An intro is a short part before your song is actually starting.Just listen to a few hit songs, then you know exactly what I mean. When the intro begins, the fans now recognize immediately the song that will follows. It serves also as a hook, a good hook make that the listener to stay to listen to the song.

But how to write a song with a good chorus?

The Chorus:

Is the most recognizable part of the song, and a good chorus makes people sing a long. It sticks into the mind. Most choruses make that a song is gonna be a hit or not. People like to sing.People will easy to remember strong choruses with simple words. Repeatable..Catchy.

Chorus can serves as a hook, and they could contain the title of the song. Easy when you visit the local music store: You remember the chorus and at the same time the title.Spares the fan a lot of time in their search for the right song. Also for a search on the Internet it can save time.

The Bridge:

We don't mean the Tower bridge or the Golden gate bridge.. It's simple an optional section which most often comes between two choruses. This to make the song more interesting, let's say less boring for the listener. It's a break from the rest of the song, and should lead to the chorus again.

The bridge is there also to build the tension leading up to the climax of the song or to lead a song to its final conclusion. There are some songwriter who almost every-time building in a bridge into their songs, while others rarely if never do. Basically it is a smooth way to go from refrain to chorus.

Other songwriting basics..

Namely.. Instrumental solo, this comes somewhere in the middle of the song. Many songs of the seventies ( the glitter time) have guitar solo's in there song. Guitar solo's or other instrumental solo's are still been used in songs. So, "How to write a song?" is simple and it's all up to you. If you feel  that you have about a song. If you think your song needs a bridge, then build in a bridge, otherwise you don't.

Just a reminder next time you write a might be of useful to stand still for moment about the songwriting basics,

The  hook:

In songwriting basics words this is known as a "catchy" hook. This means literally that songs with a hook into the ears of the listeners. A good song with a good catchy hook : It grabs the listener ( could be A&R or music publisher) by the first notes and keeps the attention of the listener. The listener want to listen through the whole song.It could be a piece of text but it could be also melodically an ear catcher. It could be the title of the song also.

Who will do an evaluation of your song potential?

One of the most used ways to evaluate your song(s) is to ad a raw version video, accompany with guitar or piano, and put it on youtube. Promote this video and read the comments..Do not only promote your song to friends. The more strangers , or unknown viewers look to your video, the better.

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