How to write a song

10 SIMPLE STEPS

1-Theme
Chose a theme, list as many words or phrases that describe your theme.
Questions, settings, feelings etc.

2-Lyrics
Select your favorite words/phrases from your list. Come up with as many creative versions/synonyms as you can. This will guide your lyrics.

3-Structure
Decide on the structure of your song: verse 1 | pre-chorus | chorus | verse 2 | pre-chorus | chorus | bridge | chorus.

4-Chord progression
Chose a basic chord progression. This can be adjusted later. Think of it as your song’s canvas.
Verse: G D/F#m Em Cadd9 D

5-Chorus
Using your word list, come up with a chorus that tells the main theme. This is where the title usually lives and where emotions are found.

6-Verse
Write your verses to help set the stage of the song. You can describe the setting, background story, causes, situations, reasons for your feelings etc.

7-Pre chorus (optimal)
Create your pre-chorus as a way to link the verse to the chorus and introduce feelings. The melody and chords should also propel energy into the chorus.

8-Bridge
Create your bridge as a brand new idea in the song. It can be reflection on feelings, answers, the effect to the cause or any additional feelings.

9-Melody
Melody can happen before, during or after. Using your chord progression, sing through your lyrics freely. Try variations, record everything!!

10-Revis & Complete
Once you have finished rough draft, adjust lyrics, that seem out of place. Try different melodies until your finished project has become YOUR ART.

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