Back in school I was given a book “How to write songs” and it went through an arduous process about finding the right ;
- SELECTING A GENRE
- SONG STRUCTURE
- HOOK / REFRAIN
- AND MUCH MORE
But as I read over it today I see that it is totally out of date and so I’m writing a few posts on how to write a song in today’s music industry.
Gone are the days where you could just stick to a genre, in fact the days of genre have gone all together.
It used to be easy to listen to a genre such as GRUNGE, “NIRVANA, SILVERCHAIR, ETC” and sit down with a guitar, jot down some power chords, easy verses and a chorus and pre chorus.
The overlapping of genres
Nowadays and for a while actually the genres have been overlapping.
We hear electronic music in Rock, orchestral compositions in Pop, drum and bass beats in ballads.
The mixtures are endless and that is where the future is heading.
What song structures?
We no longer stick to the classic song structures.
Sometimes we don’t hear verses, and rapping influences rhyming in other genres.
Choruses can be put anywhere in a song and the idea of a song structure is not even necessary.
Progression is the key
Keeping the songs progressive is a real plus.
Making the melody head in an unexpected direction and making it work is a genius tip for a great song.
My Song-writing style
I’m used to carrying a pen and paper where ever I go. This I think is a good idea, or just use your iPhones, etc.
Because I write mainly Hip-hop I visualize a beat and start creating a hook and sometimes bassline.
Then jot down some raps.
When I get home to the studio then the building of a track begins.
I’m into all things classical so I’ll put down a nice intro,
Place in some electronic sweeps, perhaps a piano thrill,
Chunk up the bass and cut and chop it into choruses, pre-choruses and verses.
Then I’ll listen to it and write my rhymes.
But this is only one example of how I write songs.
The song-writing process
You got to listen to all types of music, you’ll be surprised what inspires you.
You must spend money and buy equipment
It is so cheap to set up a basic home recording studio and if you are serious about writing songs then this is the first thing you should complete.