If you’re a music lover, it is a dream come true if you can sing and, at the same time, can compose your song lyrics.
Successful artists and song composers make a great amount of money by releasing hit records that everyone constantly sings.
If you’re planning to start a music career soon by being a song composer, here are a few steps to learn how to start a song.
Come up with a catchy title
It’s easier to start or compose a song if you already have your song title ready. Observe how most of the famous songs are entitled and how it got the listener’s attention. This will give you an idea of how to come up with a catchy title. Having a title ready will help you stick on a single idea to start with your song lyrics. Make your title short but sweet so that it will make an impact on your listeners.
List down all the possible ideas or stories that you can work on with your song title
For example, if your song was entitled “Smile Like a Sunshine,” you can list down questions like how does this title make you feel, who does it remind you the most, what experience you can remember or what story you can come up with. Work on these questions and try to answer all of them. Make sure that it’s something that your audience can relate into. Do not focus on meaningless and empty titles. This will give you a hard time on making a story out of the song.
Design your song structure
The most common song structure usually begins with a first verse-chorus – second verse – chorus – bridge – chorus. You can start with this guide or make it unique on your own. Other song structures have a pre-chorus and lift that you might want to add in. If this is your first time, start making the story of the song simpler and easy to sustain. The first verse has to start strong until the end of the song structure so you will keep your audience engaged for the whole duration.
Start working on your song lyrics
Now that you have your title, lyric ideas, and strong structure, it’s time to do the actual work. A well written and meaningful song lyrics make up the whole point of the song. The lyrics can be a storytelling or poem style. Ideally, it’s good to rhyme the lyrics so it will all look uniform. To make it easier, you can start by mirroring how you write poems. It’s short, but it rhymes well while maintaining the song’s story and concept. But in today’s generation, anything with or without rhyme can work as long as you keep them engaged.
Tune-up the right melody to your song
It’s a plus point if you can play any musical instrument. It will be easier for you to compose a melody that fits perfectly with the song. If you don’t have a knack for composing a melody, call a friend for help – someone who’s good at playing instruments or making melodies. Learn from that person, and perhaps one day, you can compose your melody. Pick a melody that’s easy to hear and catchy at the same time. It should portray a specific emotion that every listener can relate to. If you’re the one singing the song, observe proper diction, and sing from the heart. The audience will feel the song and will find it remarkable to listen over and over again.
Add some simple chord patterns
As a first-time song composer, the chord structure need not be grand or flashy. A simple and repetitive chord pattern can do its magic. Just like other hit songs, most of their chord patterns are simple and easy to memorize. Make sure that it sustains the impact from the beginning until the end of the song.
Consider suggestions and constructive criticisms
Once you’re done with the whole song, pick a selected batch of listeners to test your song. Do a survey by asking them how they like their song. If they loved it, then great! If not, take note of all the reasons and try tweaking the song. Don’t feel bad if someone doesn’t like it. It’s okay as long as you’re open to improvements and growing your craft.
Start recording your new song
A simple piano or guitar accompaniment can work some wonders for your recording. Especially if the song is more on the emotional side. If you’re recording a rock song, try doing an unplugged version. During your first try, you don’t need to bring the whole band to record. Make sure that you’ve practiced the song and the chords before recording to make sure that everything’s perfect.