How to Write Great Songs
We all love the art of music, and before you get to appreciate it, somebody has to write and sing it. The individual whose job is to write songs is called the songwriter. Therefore, to emphasize, it is the main job of a songwriter to write the song, not necessarily to perform the song, nor record or promote or sell it.
You can become a songwriter if you have the skill in picking the right notes, getting the right chords to go with the right words, giving it the right title, and finally writing them into a song.
As a songwriter, you write a song for people who will listen to your composition. End listeners would get to hear and buy the song through means of a record, CD, or live performance of the song.
Next entity that a songwriter would write for is the record company, who has the facility to turn his or her song into a product like record or CD, and deliver it to the retail or radio stores for end users to buy.
Another entity that a songwriter writes songs for are radio programmers who has the power to lead their listeners on what to listen.
A songwriter also writes a song for a performer who is now in hot pursuit of record companies and radio stations who would want to play the performer’s songs.
There are many skills that a songwriter must have in order to write a song. The different steps that a songwriter must go through before a song is written are writing the lyrics, writing the melody, writing the chords and writing the song into a lead sheet. As the owner of the song and seller of the song, a songwriter must know also how to select the song for a demo and how to record the demo into a compelling one.
So to become a songwriter, you must have the skills of a lyric writer, melody writer, chord writer and lead sheet writer. You can also become a solo songwriter if you do all the four skills mentioned. Some songwriters would go on a partnership with another artist who can do the lyric or music role depending on the song.
The main skill of a songwriter is not throwing words or rhymes together but to be able to tell a story through his or her song.
Some people have the natural talent to become a great songwriter, and some would need to master the skill in order to become a great songwriter. So if you are set to become a great songwriter, one gave an advice of you setting a few hours every day to study one of the greatest songs of a popular and successful artist.
It takes more than writing the lyrics in order to produce a great song. It is very important that you master all the components in the writing process of the song, and make it a point that your song is relatable to people.