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7 Steps On How You Can Make A Good Song!!! Please Read! by AndyBlaze123(f): 6:01pm On Sep 12, 2014
Find a theme to your song

First off,
you need to figure out what you want
your song to represent. Will it be a song
about love and romance? Or heartache
and pain? During this process, it’s best to
identify how you are feeling and what your
mood is. What’s currently inspiring you?
Maybe you’re feeling completely
mundane, and you feel as though there’s
no inspiration in your life. In this instance,
it may be a good idea to draw from other
sources. Here are some you might want to
try:

Conversations: Maybe you’ve had a
really good conversation with someone
recently. Try and think of some of the
key points of that talk, and translate it
into lyrics.

Movies: Think back to one of your
favorite movies. What emotions did
that film spark? You can either write a
song about the movie, or simply gather
certain ideas from it.

Novels and/or poems: What’s the latest
book you’ve read? If you haven’t read
anything lately, try picking up a book
and gathering ideas from that. Poems
are another good alternative to draw
from.
Re: 7 Steps On How You Can Make A Good Song!!! Please Read! by AndyBlaze123(f): 6:02pm On Sep 12, 2014
Decide whether you want to start
with the melody or lyrics first

This is an important step and sometimes a hard
decision to make. Do you naturally come
up with words or melodies faster? This
should help in determining which one you
choose. If you find that you’re inclined to
hum out a melody much quicker than you
do writing lyrics, then it’s probably best to
pick up your guitar or sit down at your
piano first. If you’re one who can really jot
down lyrical ideas fast once the can of
worms has been cracked, then find
somewhere quiet to sit down and start
writing. The following two steps are
interchangeable depending on which one
you have decided to tackle first.
Re: 7 Steps On How You Can Make A Good Song!!! Please Read! by AndyBlaze123(f): 6:03pm On Sep 12, 2014
Come Up With A Melody

Coming up with great melody is a tricky concept.
Generally, the simpler the melody is, the
more effective it will be. Here in lies the
tricky part however, coming up with that
perfectly simplistic melody, without
seeming amateur or “cheap”. Don’t be
frightened by this though, remember, stay
genuine and good things will happen. Be
patient and really take the time to come
up with your best work.
Start by playing simple chords on your
guitar or piano. Keep in mind what kind
of theme you have decided for your
song. If it’s dark or sad, stick to minor
chords. If it’s happy and up-tempo use
major chords.
Start humming or whistling different
melodies over the chords.
Invest in a Dictaphone or micro-
recorder, you never know when that
perfect melody may come along and
it’s best to document it while it’s fresh
in your mind.
If you play guitar and like to play open
chords, invest in a capo. This will assist
you in trying new keys to play in.
Challenge yourself by learning new
scales and chords. This will add depth
and ultimately make your music richer.
Re: 7 Steps On How You Can Make A Good Song!!! Please Read! by AndyBlaze123(f): 6:04pm On Sep 12, 2014
Write lyrics
In most cases, lyrics are
going to create the initial impression
that your audience responds to, so it’s
best to make every word count. Timing
and delivery of your words are key. Try to
think of different rhyming schemes and
ways of conveying your message.
If you get stuck, try using tools such as
rhyming dictionaries or a thesaurus.
Make sure you are using words in the
right context. Use a dictionary if you
are unsure.
Re: 7 Steps On How You Can Make A Good Song!!! Please Read! by AndyBlaze123(f): 6:08pm On Sep 12, 2014
Perfect and rewrite if necessary

It’s important to make sure your song is
the best it absolutely can be. There’s not
much point in spending a lot of time on a
tune that you’re not completely satisfied
with. There is a fine line however, in
knowing when your song is complete.
Some artists may go too far in rewriting
their songs, that they end up losing the
initial essence that made the song good in
the first place. Try not to get stuck in that
sort of trap. Remember, you will always be
your own worst critic, so don’t go too far
down the rabbit hole, or you may never
come back.
Continually challenge yourself, asking,
“is this absolutely the best I can come
up with for this section?”
Re: 7 Steps On How You Can Make A Good Song!!! Please Read! by AndyBlaze123(f): 6:09pm On Sep 12, 2014
Make sure you have a safe quiet
place to be in and relax before you
start

Stretch or do some yoga, then drink
some water and relax. Make sure you
have a note book or computer to write
your lyrics. After you do that, the words
should come to you
Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try
thinking outside the box, but not too far
as to where no one else will be able to
identify with your music.
Play the song for a friend or family
member who isn’t afraid to give you
honest feedback.
Re: 7 Steps On How You Can Make A Good Song!!! Please Read! by vizkiz: 6:11pm On Sep 12, 2014
lol....first reasonable thread this guy has opened since 1932 grin
Re: 7 Steps On How You Can Make A Good Song!!! Please Read! by AndyBlaze123(f): 6:16pm On Sep 12, 2014
Find The Perfect Vocal range and instrument Chords to use at performance
Try to figure out the chords for the
song, especially if you are gonna
perform your song in front of youtube,
or in front of your friends and family.
The best instruments to use for the
chords, would be guitar, or piano.
Remember it'll always sound better
than acapella. Be sure to experiment
with the guitar or piano part. Also with the microphone, practice on your best vocal range so you don't end up sounding creaky! Goodluck


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Re: 7 Steps On How You Can Make A Good Song!!! Please Read! by Dannylux: 3:07am On Sep 13, 2014
A well written cerebral post. This write up also works for poets and other kinds of intellectual writers.

The first and the penultimate points are kinda the most important. You're virtually interacting with nature in those moments and any distractions could easily disrupt the flow entirely.

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