Good songwriting is a under-estimated part of the modern music culture. While the sound and the catchiness of the melody gets a big focus in todays music production, composition and lyrics are gladly overlooked. But there will be no good song without a good songwriting. Therefore I will give you three suggestions to improve your way of practice songwriting.
Creativity is always a mixture of talent, coincidence and inspiration. There is no famous songwriter who can hide all the influences he got. So you don’t need to be ashamed to listen carefully to the music you like, find out which tricks the songwriter used to build a certain mood and without copying them let them influence your songwriting style. Furthermore it will improve your lyrical skills when you read through songs of famous songwriters.
Even though it takes more time and concentration, compared to writing songs on your own, writing together with a friend, a band member or someone else will give you some new perspectives and differente styles of songwriting. It may take some time to get your ideas together and agree on a subject, but you’ll see that afterwards, your work will contain twice as much creativity and inspiration as your solo projects.
Write as much music as you can. As long as you are not Michael Jackson and every piece of music you write becomes a hit, it will take its time until you get the song you want out of what you write. Songwriting has a lot to do with Try and Error. Take your time and write a song each week, each day, two songs a day and so on, depending on how much time your schedule gives you. Also try out to write about unusual topics for practice purpose. Every word you put down will bring you one step closer to be a master of songwriting.
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Jones (intern at Above Zero)