Become A Songwriter

While not everyone will become an accomplished songwriter. The most famous lyricists and composers in history – from Lennon and McCartney to Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice – had a unique quality for conveying emotion in their words and making their lyrics or music relatable to a mass audience. It’s also an interesting aside to note that all four of these artists chose to test their new compositions on the piano as they wrote them. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Can I be a songwriter?” you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a checklist of everything you need to know before you take the plunge.


Are you good at writing lyrics?

To become a professional songwriter, you will need to be able to convey emotion, feelings and issues through your music and lyrics. You don’t need to be good with grammar or have an extensive vocabulary to succeed. Some of the most popular songs in history have included simple words, sharp hooks and recognizable refrains that have connected with the public because of their simplicity. Start by keeping a songwriting journal where you can scribble your innermost thoughts and feelings. These might be the foundations for your first song or just a way for you to express your creativity. If you’re a person who feels passionate about many issues, you’ll be perfect for songwriting. Start by writing your first composition and see where you go from there. You might not be perfect right away, but over time you’ll be able to improve your songwriting skills.

 

Understanding the structure of a song

This one all depends on the type of musical genre you are interested in. However, as a general rule, pop, rock, soul, jazz, and R’n’B songs all share a similar structure. You will usually need to write lyrics and melodies for two or three verses, a middle-eight or bridge, and, of course, arguably the most important part of any song, a catchy chorus. Use your journal to experiment with different ideas for your composition and come up with some words that will suit your chorus. It doesn’t matter if you can’t think of any straight away – they should come to you over time. Develop a concept and a theme and the rest should fall into place. You can then play around with different words to make the song flow better.

Be a team player

If you want to be a songwriter, you’ll need to be a team player too. There are many people behind some of the songs you hear on the radio. If you are a songwriter who wants to compose songs for other artists, you will need to work with them closely and incorporate their ideas and visions into your songs. You might work with a composer who turns your lyrics into catchy melodies. Then producers will try and mesh different beats and rhythms to your lyrics. Everyone will have different ideas and various viewpoints about your lyrics so you shouldn’t be afraid to collaborate with a team. You will need to be disciplined, patient and be able to work with various people if you want to succeed in songwriting, but if you put the effort in, you’ll make it in the end.