Songwriting is a process of creating song or writing the music and words of songs. On the other hand, a songwriter is the one who creates the melody and the lyrics for the song, and can also be called a composer.
While it is an advantage for a songwriter to know how to play an instrument, songwriting has nothing to do with choosing any musical instruments. Songwriting is an essential basic element that does not have a lot of frills or bells or wishes. It is doing the bare bones of work: short, simple and direct.
Songwriting is usually characterized by unguarded openness and self-revelation. It is usually confessional drawn from life experiences, hard-fought victory, good times, bad times, traumas, encounters, own life and stories.
Putting one’s feelings into a song sparks creativity. A songwriter can create song through poems, form music itself or combination of both. Music is engaging when the lyrics and sounds are genuine and authentic. One of the biggest challenges in creating a song is to come up with something that would be interesting to someone else. Here are some steps on how to craft a perfect song:
- Turn POEM into a song.
They say, “Rhythm is what makes music as well as poetry.” Lyrical poem is a form of poetry which is made into music: the flowing of words, the smooth melody of the instruments are considered part of the greater meaning of poetry. most poetry needs to work on the page first and foremost. You can read poems aloud, of course, but there is an aspect of good poems that needs to come alive before ever speaking them out loud.
- Create your own TITLE first.
Enumerating, listing, and brainstorming for a good title will make the chorus and plot of the song. Make sure the title fits the body and the plot of the poem.
- Make the Chorus part.
Chorus is the main part that is repeatedly sung twice or thrice in the song. This should be the first stanza to be written and thought of because you can easily create the Bridge or Coda part of the song.
- Create four (4) lines per Stanza for your poem.
This is normal for poem writing. The lines must end with a word which rhymes in every line. Make sure also that the lines have a sense of storytelling but preferably, in just four short lines per stanza.
- Make the Coda part of the Lyrics.
This serves as the conclusion part of the song or the ending part of the poem. This should be based on the Chorus part or the Title in order to complete the poem.
- Review the poem when you finished it.
Check the grammar and the spelling of the words in your poem. Make sure that the structure of the stanza is perfect for the song.
- Express your emotions though MUSIC.
“Music, they say, is the only universal language, and the songs are its words and
alphabets, and the best lyrics unlock the music in all spoken word.”
- Sing and play the lyrics with an instrument.
Lyrics need to be sung to be fully appreciated as they give the core idea of the song.
Sitting by the piano or playing the guitar can be of great help to better understand the lyrics. Good songwriting is being able to move between instruments. Picking the instrument one is most comfortable with is a good idea to start creating the lyrics of the song. Most music includes singing with their voices or playing musical instruments.
- Record the song using a sound recorder.
This is possible if you have a cellphone or computer with a sound recorder application or feature. Whatever you sing or play in there, make sure you practice it wholeheartedly. Lyrics will give the core idea of the song. If you start playing the lyrics, parts of the whole song will start to emerge.
- Make the musical arrangement by writing the lyrics and the notes using a music notebook.
Use the recorded song for this if you are a musician. If not, ask for a musician friend to do this step. If you are confident enough about your song, you can skip this step and follow the next step.
- Practice and Record the song again on Video.
This is an important step in order for you to become a singer songwriter if you can sing and play an instrument. Just like a performer, practice it first before performing it on video. You may then opt to post it in the social media.
- Have your song copyrighted.
This is optional, but in order to protect your song from piracy, have it arranged and copyrighted for safety.
- Post it on social Media
Becoming a songwriter nowadays needs some good showmanship attitude. Post your music video on Facebook, Twitter , Tiktok and if you have your own website, you can post it there. If you have a Youtube Channel, post your music video there. Who knows, you and your song may earn a million likes and you can become famous and have lots of followers all over the globe.