How to Write Great Songs
Music is undeniably an art that everybody loves, and it takes great people to compose and render it so we can appreciate it. The person or artist who can do the job in writing a song is called the songwriter. Take note that the main job of a songwriter is writing the song, not necessarily singing it, nor promoting or selling it.
If you want to become a songwriter, you should have the skill in picking the right notes, the right chords to go with the right words, and complete it by writing them into a song.
The end listeners are the main audience of a songwriter on why she or he write the song. End listeners would get to hear and buy the song through means of a record, CD, or live performance of the song.
Next entity that a songwriter would write for is the record company, who has the facility to turn his or her song into a product like record or CD, and deliver it to the retail or radio stores for end users to buy.
Next, a songwriter writes songs for radio programmers, whose daily job is to guide their listeners on what they should listen.
Another entity that a songwriter would write a song for is the performer, who could be the popular artist that a record company sought after and radio stations would want to play his or her song.
In a writing a song, a songwriter must have various qualities in order to write a song. The different steps that a songwriter must go through before a song is written are writing the lyrics, writing the melody, writing the chords and writing the song into a lead sheet. Being the owner of the song and seller of the song, a songwriter must have the knowledge on how to choose a song for a demo, and record the demo in a compelling way.
In other words, as a songwriter, you are also a lyric writer, a melody writer, a chord writer and a lead sheet writer. You can also become a solo songwriter if you do all the four skills mentioned. Depending on the song, some songwriters would have another talent to do the lyrics or music roles of their songs.
A very important skill of a songwriter is said to be his or her ability to tell a story in a song and not just throwing words or rhymes together.
Some of us have the natural talent to become a great songwriter, and some may have to put in efforts to master the skill before becoming one great songwriter. If you dream to become a great songwriter someday, there is an advice that you study the songs of a great artist, by spending a few hours of your day.
Know that to make a great song, it takes more than writing the lyrics. Mastering all the components in the song writing process is a necessity, and you have to see to it that your song connects people to each other.