Songwriting Guide: How to write a song
Welcome to our songwriting guide.
At the end of your life, you will probably regret a lot of the ways you spent your time in this world. But would you ever regret taking the time to write a song?
There is more than one way to skin a cat, and more than one way to write a song. So we have broken things down here based on your needs and motivations.
If you’re a complete beginner, start with this:
How to Write a Song for Beginners
Are you an overwhelmed beginner? Some ideas to get started: Limit your options, emulate something you love. Then try the 8-step exercise here.
For the genre-specific
Many songwriters fall in love with one style or genre of music. And each genre has its special wrinkles. Here are some approaches to specific styles below:
How to Write a Country Song
Here you can discover 9 tips on how to write a country song. We explore the ideas of Tradition and Truth in Country and cover some practical tips as well.
How to Write a Rap Song
We offer 12 tips on what to listen for in rap and how to create your own rap verses and hooks.
For the glory and fame
If you are only in this for the glory, fame, and riches then we’ve got you covered as well. Check this out:
Songwriting Template: How To Write A Hit Song
To come up with our songwriting template we deconstructed the top 50 songs on the Billboard charts for last year. So here it is, the latest template for how to write pop songs.
What about the real stuff that makes songs work? We cover specific areas of song writing below, deep diving into structure, harmony, melody, lyrics and more.
Song Structure: How to Put a Song Together
Discover why song structure is awesome. We discuss some traditional song forms and explore how they lend a hand to the songwriter.
How to Write Song Lyrics
We cover 12 tips on how you can set up circumstances in which good song lyrics are likely to happen for you.
How to Write a Melody
You can learn melody intuitively or with a nerdy, thought-out, theoretical approach. Both work. We cover some tips on both methods.
How to Make Chord Progressions
Explore how chords are built and how you can bring life to tired progressions through the use of walking bass, pedal point, and other techniques.
Songwriting doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes you need a bit of inspiration. For some, the only inspiration that counts is love! Either way, we’ve got you covered with the following posts.
Songwriting Tips from Famous Songwriters
This post is here to give some motivation to create using the words of some great songwriters. We offer up 6 tips for those who are stuck.
How to Write A Love Song
You love someone because ‘they sing a song only you can hear’. We look at three methods songwriters use to write love songs and offer up a 10-step Love Song Exercise.