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Our Top 7 Songwriting Tips

by on September 3, 2012

This is a list of the most important and interesting songwriting tips we collected from various songwriters on Music2Deal. Hopefully they will help you improving your skills or just recall what you already forgot. Please feel free to comment below and let us know your personal songwriting tips.

  1. Be unpredictable

Don’t bore your audience by using the same rhymes in every single song. Try new rhyming schemes and don’t be predictable. New ideas will exceed your listeners expectations and you will stay in mind much longer by being special.

  1. Let other songs inspire you

Listen to good music and try to analyze what makes this music so special. Why do number 1 hits stay in your mind? You can learn a lot from the songwriting skills of other people. Let music from different genres inspire you and don’t just focus on the well-known sounds.

  1. Practice every single day

Try to practice every day, just to keep your hand in. You don’t have to write a whole song, a few lines or a chorus can sometimes be enough. “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” (Frederic Douglass)

  1. Say more with less words

Don’t treat your words like you have an unlimited supply and don’t let them sound too obvious. Try to catch the spirit of a song and limit the number of words. A few meaningful words imply a lot more than a bunch of words you just wrote down, because you needed another line.

  1. Experiment without pressure

Don’t put yourself under pressure. You don’t have to write the perfect song on the first attempt. Just give new and unconventional ideas the chance to develop your creativity. By giving yourself the freedom to experiment you will be surprised of what you are capable of.

  1. Take a break

If you already sat there for hours, writing different kinds of verses – just have a break and leave your work for a couple of days. You will see that when you go through it again, you will be much more objective and maybe you can even put pieces of different ideas together to create the perfect song.

  1. Go with your gut

Don’t underestimate your skills and your gut feelings. Sometimes the first thing you come up with is the most genuine. Don’t try to make your song perfect under constraint. Music is about feel and people normally notice if your song doesn’t come from your heart.

What are your songwriting advices? Comment below and share your tips with us!

by Sara Shirazi

From → English, Tips

One Comment
  1. Listener Tom permalink

    Here’s an example of really amazing songcraft:

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