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JFDI

How to Write a Song

Good contribution...I like the article.

Thanks.

Stan

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Thanks for sharing this, JFDI!

I just browsed it but it looks like a great article. :)

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Hi,

At least the advertisements are related to music...but then, why would we click on them otherwise? Just for our benefit...I doubt it!

Richard

The Songwriting Hub

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Lorelei

This is such a good article I'm going to pin it.

Thanks

Nigel :)

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Wow, that really was a good article. You can learn so much from that!

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Wow, where was this article when I was in my slump? It's a great piece.

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I am usually verrrrrry suspicious of written "how to write a song" sorts of things. But that article is just about right -- the right balance between some helpful tips on how it's usually done, and advice on developing your own inner gyroscope.

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Good article, and it reminded me of a couple of things I've heard and or read that I've used lately to try and get something going in the old noggin:

I can't remember where I heard these little bits. Osmosis lacks memory sometimes I suppose.

1/ Turn the radio on really low so you can barely hear it. You can sometimes catch yourself thinking you're hearing some melody, but it isn't the melody on the radio. It's borderline plagarism I guess. I promise I won't tell.

2/ I heard something from Glenn Frey talking about when him and Don Henley got together to first start writing. They were writing together and they finally had a light bulb go on, to try and make their songs as universal as possible. So when I'm working on lyrics, I try to stay on the side of the road that hopefully everyone has felt or experienced.

With the article I just read posted above, some things seem like common sense to some but others are "oh well why didn't I think of that...silly bird!". These two little tidbits might be in the same boat..but you never know.

q.

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This was a nice article, a bit too general for my taste. I am interested in finding something with a bit more theory, more discussion of form and chord progression.

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This was a nice article, a bit too general for my taste. I am interested in finding something with a bit more theory, more discussion of form and chord progression.
I suggest you try looking in Musical Depths

Welcome :)

Nigel

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That was a really cool article. I'm having more trouble than I used to, getting songs together. I need a new direction. Right now I'm getting ideas down, and not finishing them. I have a lot of unfinished stuff. Pretty frustrating. I think if I get a system down that works it'll come easier. HF

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Good stuff...also enjoyed the links underneath to other Wikihow articles...if nothing else, they're interesting.

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Good stuff...also enjoyed the links underneath to other Wikihow articles...if nothing else, they're interesting.

Being new to all of this, I found this article to be extremely interesting and full of excellent suggestions and ideas. As indicated previously, this is 'good stuff!!!'

LRayJ

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That's a good resource for writing songs. Are there any good sources for melodies? that's what i need help on...

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That's a good resource for writing songs. Are there any good sources for melodies? that's what i need help on...
Hi, maybe you could try asking the question in Musical Depths

Nige :)

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1/ Turn the radio on really low so you can barely hear it. You can sometimes catch yourself thinking you're hearing some melody, but it isn't the melody on the radio. It's borderline plagarism I guess. I promise I won't tell.

This works. I was listening to a few songs on Itunes today with the volume pretty low and I found myself coming up with melodies then when I listened back to what had inspired them they sounded almost completely different! :o

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1/ Turn the radio on really low so you can barely hear it. You can sometimes catch yourself thinking you're hearing some melody, but it isn't the melody on the radio. It's borderline plagarism I guess. I promise I won't tell.

This works. I was listening to a few songs on Itunes today with the volume pretty low and I found myself coming up with melodies then when I listened back to what had inspired them they sounded almost completely different! :o

Yeah...I've used that technique for a long time...works great.

Another twist on that is to turn up a radio station, but just for a second or two, then turn if off.

Your brain can then take what its heard and sometimes fill in the missing parts...lot of fun when it works.

Also, try and imagine a popular band, on stage playing a song.

Try and make it very detailed and sometimes a new song will emerge that way.

If you can create music from reading lyrics, try writing to lyrics from CD jackets...very funny to compare what you come up with to the original.

OTOH, I've tried to immerse myself with a particular CD from a group to absorb their style, and found myself unable to get certain songs out of my head. :blink:

The mind is a strange and wonderful thing.

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If you can create music from reading lyrics, try writing to lyrics from CD jackets...very funny to compare what you come up with to the original.

i have done this a time or two but sometimes to see for just goofs i would look for a set of lyrics of a song and band ive never heard of its interesting when you listen to the song after you get yours done

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That was a really good article :D - Except I write all day long; maybe my creative peak is 12 - 4 BUT I find I write different types of songs at different times of the day. For instance, at night I tend to write very sad songs or love songs often ballads whilst during the day what I write is a lot more upbeat rock. So for me, I write when the song comes to me. Whenever that may be. Does this happen to anyone else??? :)

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1/ Turn the radio on really low so you can barely hear it. You can sometimes catch yourself thinking you're hearing some melody, but it isn't the melody on the radio. It's borderline plagarism I guess. I promise I won't tell.

This works. I was listening to a few songs on Itunes today with the volume pretty low and I found myself coming up with melodies then when I listened back to what had inspired them they sounded almost completely different! :o

Yeah...I've used that technique for a long time...works great.

Another twist on that is to turn up a radio station, but just for a second or two, then turn if off.

Your brain can then take what its heard and sometimes fill in the missing parts...lot of fun when it works.

Also, try and imagine a popular band, on stage playing a song.

Try and make it very detailed and sometimes a new song will emerge that way.

If you can create music from reading lyrics, try writing to lyrics from CD jackets...very funny to compare what you come up with to the original.

OTOH, I've tried to immerse myself with a particular CD from a group to absorb their style, and found myself unable to get certain songs out of my head. :blink:

The mind is a strange and wonderful thing.

I've done this when writing before. Also sometimes, I listen to a song for about 30 seconds - Then I just think randomly for about 4/5 minutes and eventually a melody comes into my head. If the song had good lyrics it sometimes causes me to write lyrics inspired by the song. For instance, I was listening to Metallica - Fade to Black when I wrote a song. Though the genres are extremely different - the melody came to my head after listening to the song and lyrically it was very inspired by it.

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tks. for sharing.

i still have another 18years, before turning 85.

my next 100 compos will be much better, i'm sure, after reading the article, at least five times over; i'm really serious.

there are many pointers, that i'm already using, but many3 more that i have been made aware of. thank god!!!!!!

cheers!

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Good information, that'll come in handy B)

Thanks for sharing

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Good information, that'll come in handy B)

Thanks for sharing

Hello,

I just signed up today and please forgive me. I am a total newb and will be reading everything you sent to me but I need direction right off the bat. I bought the Sony Acid Music Studio 7 PC software and installed it. I have no idea how to get to the over 3,000 music loops. To get to the gist of this I'm on a long uphill road. I finally made myself do what I have wanted to do all my life, write songs.I have a wife & son here in WI, but NO musical talent at all. Yep, I'm in trouble.I just need to know how to put music to the words I wrote using this program and I'm gonna be the vocalist. Umm, did I say I waited till I'm 43 years old. I'm gonna finally follow my dream or die trying. The songs are gonna be for commercial. I know I can do this, just need direction please. I know your busy so if you could please just point me in the right direction of anyone who might know this pc program and could guide a newb a little I would be in your debt forever. Thank you very much,

Hnewb

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Good information, that'll come in handy B)

Thanks for sharing

Hello,

I just signed up today and please forgive me. I am a total newb and will be reading everything you sent to me but I need direction right off the bat. I bought the Sony Acid Music Studio 7 PC software and installed it. I have no idea how to get to the over 3,000 music loops. To get to the gist of this I'm on a long uphill road. I finally made myself do what I have wanted to do all my life, write songs.I have a wife & son here in WI, but NO musical talent at all. Yep, I'm in trouble.I just need to know how to put music to the words I wrote using this program and I'm gonna be the vocalist. Umm, did I say I waited till I'm 43 years old. I'm gonna finally follow my dream or die trying. The songs are gonna be for commercial. I know I can do this, just need direction please. I know your busy so if you could please just point me in the right direction of anyone who might know this pc program and could guide a newb a little I would be in your debt forever. Thank you very much,

Hnewb

http://www.ehow.com/video_4445091_where-so...-pro-loops.html

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Thanks Mark for the link, great info there. I purchased the software and registerded it online which gave me the option to go to their site and grab like 8 more free loops as a thank you for registered users. Very nice. But my specific answer, I cant find. On the outside of the software box I purchased it states " Includes over 3,000 ACIDized music loops and 1,000 MIDI files. " I know exactly where the files are and use the loops of the 8 from buying the software. The one thing it doesn't say, not asking how to use, is where exactly do I access these 3k loops. Show me, tell me where exactly to clicky and poof, they all appear. That's all I need, can't get that straight answer even from their own website with the free trial version on it. I just need to find them in wherever they are hid, lol. :D

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May I say, after reading the artical. If you are only a lyricist how will you know what your song(s) is going to sound like? You don't, unless you can hear it alreay in your head! which not many can. If you do play an instrument thats half the battle won so don't put it down and just start singing. Songs are about melody, Lyrics & tempo. You only need 2 or 3 chords to make a good melody. It's how well you arrange those cords and melody. It's TRUE anyone can write a song Hell, it's not hard to put words on paper dosen't matter what the theme is. The magic is in the arrangement and melody with well structured meaningful lyrics. 9 times out of 10 after writiing your first draft you can guarantee only half the words will be used in the final product. Unless your able to compose and write your own arrangements. I have put music, melodies & arranements to other peoples words. I have had to tell them all the same thing CUT BACK on your to many verses etc...

There are lots of music computer programmes out there to help you write good song(s) even if you can't play an instrument.

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Good information, that'll come in handy B)

Thanks for sharing

Hello,

I just signed up today and please forgive me. I am a total newb and will be reading everything you sent to me but I need direction right off the bat. I bought the Sony Acid Music Studio 7 PC software and installed it. I have no idea how to get to the over 3,000 music loops. To get to the gist of this I'm on a long uphill road. I finally made myself do what I have wanted to do all my life, write songs.I have a wife & son here in WI, but NO musical talent at all. Yep, I'm in trouble.I just need to know how to put music to the words I wrote using this program and I'm gonna be the vocalist. Umm, did I say I waited till I'm 43 years old. I'm gonna finally follow my dream or die trying. The songs are gonna be for commercial. I know I can do this, just need direction please. I know your busy so if you could please just point me in the right direction of anyone who might know this pc program and could guide a newb a little I would be in your debt forever. Thank you very much,

Hnewb

Sorry friend, I don't use loops :( I use a BOSS 846 recorder and Audacity software.

The best advice I can give is "read the manual and practice". Hopefully someone with experience in that system will see this post and give you more direction.

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I am usually verrrrrry suspicious of written "how to write a song" sorts of things. But that article is just about right -- the right balance between some helpful tips on how it's usually done, and advice on developing your own inner gyroscope.

WHY are you suspicious about writting songs? That's a ridiculous statement. You'll never make it as a songwriter if you don't try! better for a man to try and fall, than never to have tried at ALL!

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I am usually verrrrrry suspicious of written "how to write a song" sorts of things. But that article is just about right -- the right balance between some helpful tips on how it's usually done, and advice on developing your own inner gyroscope.
WHY are you suspicious about writting songs? Thats a silly thing to say! you'll never be a songwriter if you don't try! Better for a man to try and fall, than never to have tried at ALL!

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This was a nice article, a bit too general for my taste. I am interested in finding something with a bit more theory, more discussion of form and chord progression.

Bro what you need to understand about melody and cord progression is you need to also know about mods and how they come together. You'll find it on the net it will give you a better understanding of how chord progressions work and how cords relate to one another. That's how great melodies are created etc...or you can take the suzuki approch and play it by ear.

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Good information, that'll come in handy B)

Thanks for sharing

Hello,

I just signed up today and please forgive me. I am a total newb and will be reading everything you sent to me but I need direction right off the bat. I bought the Sony Acid Music Studio 7 PC software and installed it. I have no idea how to get to the over 3,000 music loops. To get to the gist of this I'm on a long uphill road. I finally made myself do what I have wanted to do all my life, write songs.I have a wife & son here in WI, but NO musical talent at all. Yep, I'm in trouble.I just need to know how to put music to the words I wrote using this program and I'm gonna be the vocalist. Umm, did I say I waited till I'm 43 years old. I'm gonna finally follow my dream or die trying. The songs are gonna be for commercial. I know I can do this, just need direction please. I know your busy so if you could please just point me in the right direction of anyone who might know this pc program and could guide a newb a little I would be in your debt forever. Thank you very much,

Hnewb

Sorry friend, I don't use loops :( I use a BOSS 846 recorder and Audacity software.

The best advice I can give is "read the manual and practice". Hopefully someone with experience in that system will see this post and give you more direction.

newb, You''ll find that your studio 7 has a help line in the menu! if you access that help line while on the net

it should explain how to access all your needs. If I could see it I could show you where your loops are.

Can I ask once you've accesed the loops, what will you do then? Use random loops to hopefully create a song. Your programme dose not create intro's, outro's and bridges for you you have to do that.

Also how will you record your vocals along with the music? One sugesstion is to look a cakewalk pro 9 or the latest version of cakewalk it's an excellent programme for editing and cutting your music and vocals etc...as well as mixing and mastering and so on.

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Listen actively to a lot of music. Good writers read books. Good songwriters listen to songs. As you listen, think about what you like about a song. Are the lyrics unique, do the song's chord changes perfectly capture a mood, do you like the transition from one part of the song to another?

I feel that this point is extremely relevant. I myself like to listen to a variety of songs (be it pop, acoustic, blues or rock) and learn from them by figuring out what makes a song sound good. Inspirations can also be drawn by listening to many many songs.

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Thanks for the link. I'm already interested in looking and studying it over. It doesn't look like it has too much information, but it has enough to look at for a quicker read through.

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Good article. But I'm not sure anybody can write a good song.

I'm even less sure "almost anybody can write a really good song"

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Most people can write a good song, with learning, practice, and experience. Writing something that other people actualy want to hear over and over, tell other friends about, pass on to others, and purchase with their hard earned money, is something totally different.

MAB

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This was a nice article, a bit too general for my taste. I am interested in finding something with a bit more theory, more discussion of form and chord progression.
I suggest you try looking in Musical Depths

Welcome :)/>/>

Nigel

I failed to make this link work - I guess it's outdated?

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This was a nice article, a bit too general for my taste. I am interested in finding something with a bit more theory, more discussion of form and chord progression.
I suggest you try looking in Musical Depths

Welcome :)/>/>/>

Nigel

I failed to make this link work - I guess it's outdated?

Maybe I can help with his wanting. You can check out my quick songwriting blog for more information on Songwriting theory and application.

Cody Weinmnn

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One of my tricks is to start my lyric off with the last word or line from a established hit song,

And work or rework the song from there.

I believe McCartney got his song "Yesterday" from Ray Charles's line - In dreams of yesterday.

Scrambled eggs indeed, pull the other leg it's got bells on.

All the best

Mike

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This was a solid basic article to give a beginning songwriter some of the very first "Habits" that he should get used to unconsciously doing on a daily basis. If I were a beginner I would Read and re-read it until I did these things naturally.

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