Tips to Writing a Successful Song
Irrespective of your reason for writing a song, here are some songwriting tips that will help convey your message and keep your listeners captivated till the end. Of course, this is just one approach to successful songwriting but it’s been tested and tried by many songwriting professionals and it works.
1. Start With a Themed Title
Choose a theme for your song and then craft a title of at most six words that convey this theme. Action words or image gives energy to your title and rouses interest in your song.
2. Create your Lyrics
Craft a sensible timeless lyrics. Think of the message and feelings you want to convey with your song, what questions it answers. Make a list of questions and try to answer them. What story do you intend to tell?
3. Decide on a Song Structure
A common structure is: Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Bridge / Chorus.
4. Add Emotions to your Lyrics
Songs that are emotionally packed usually have a more moving effect and easily connects with your audience. Your chorus should sell the main idea of your song. What should your audience feel when they listen to your song? Is it cold or warm? You can also blend poetry with a clear statement to trill your listeners.
5. Create an Interesting Melody
Decide on the genre of music you want to produce. Divide your lyrics into line and say out the lines. How does it sound? You notice the natural rhythm and melody of your song when you say the lines. You can refine it till you’re comfortable with the flow. Add chords progressions to give life to your lyrics.
6. Be Upfront with your Story
The first few lines of your lyrics should carry most of your story. If you’re still at a loss about the message of the song after hearing those first two lines, then you need to reconstruct the lyrics.
7. Use a Variety Lengths
You need to vary the individual length of your lines. This will make your lyric conversational and rhythmically interesting. Type your lyrics on a sheet of paper. Your song might sound monotonous if most of your lines hit the right side of your paper. Adjust it until you get a really rugged edged right side.
8. Vary the Length of Chorus and Verse.
Create contrast by varying the number of lines each verse and the chorus. Such contrast makes the song to feel dynamic and exciting when played.
9. Transition Smoothly Between Verses and Chorus
You can raise or lower the note range of your verse or adjust the last line to move smoothly from the verse to chorus. The chorus is a summary of the story you’re telling and it is usually more emotion-packed so its range is higher, while verses provide background information about your story.
10. Use Bridge
You can build anticipation by adding a “lift” or “bridge” or “pre-chorus” (short section, two-three lines) between the verse and chorus. A bridge isn’t compulsory but the strength it gives to your song makes it worthy of consideration. It adds a peak emotional moment to your song.