How to Sing Better & How to Begin Writing Better Songs.

Can I Really Sing Better?

Yes, everyone can always sing better. Self confidence is the key, as is practicing.

These two things cannot be bought over the Internet or imported from a far flung part of the world. You really need to understand how to acquire the right knowledge and dedicate some serious time to your ' sing better ' quest.

Being able to sing better comes from self confidence, and true self confidence comes from knowledge and understanding of a chosen subject; singing in this case.

I have come up with a few tips & thoughts that I hope will help people be able start to write some songs and these tips can be applied to any kind of music as well as improving your singing along the way.

If your music is computer based, it will all apply, if your music is not, these tips will still apply.

I have always found that it is good to go into a rehearsal room or into some recording software with some ideas that are penciled in so you know where you are going and where you are starting from.

Sometimes if you are playing with new people, nerves will get the better of you and they will rob you of ideas. This happens to everyone from time to time, whether you are a singer, guitarist, bassist, or.. bassoonist. This is why it is always good to have a plan and some ideas the have been worked on and have potential avenues and roads you can explore.

With song ideas, the other musicians will warm to you rather than doubt you.

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With ideas, the software you are using will be used fully and you will not have your blank screen suck you dry.

Recognise & take advantage of things that are in your favour

If you are using a computer to write your music, you shouldn't break your neck trying to hide the fact. Many people worry that other people will not be interested in what they have written due to it sounding very "computery".

You shouldn't get to bogged down with this at the start as it will impact on what you are writing and you will never get anything written thinking this way.

It is best to keep things quite simple and focus on the basic idea of the song. Once the basic idea is in place then you can worry about the other things as they become more evident and you have a shell or blueprint to work around.

There is not much point polishing invisible silver now is there?

Basically, if you are working on a computer, which is always a good place to get ideas, do not feel ashamed and do not try to hide from the fact while you are writing the beginnings of a song.


If you can, get a cheap drum trigger pad. It will change your world.

You might well have your own drum kit. If you do not or you will be working in the early hours, you might want to think about getting a drum trigger pad so as to pick up some rhythms on the songs you are working on. Once you learn how the song "feels" you will be able to put drum beats together a lot easier instead of fumbling around, thinking the blocks look good, but hating the sound and wondering why. This is a very very common mistake.

It is good to take a break from the on screen look. Turn your screen off, listen to the music and focus on the feel and sound.

It is a lot easier (and cheaper) learning to play (& get the feel of) rhythms this way and more fun than tapping them out on your table, knee or on yo momma's pans.

Spend time setting a decent and focusing metronome

When you write drum beats for the guitar or write a standalone drum beat, it is essential to actually LIKE the sound of the metronome.

If you are getting instantly annoyed by it or you cannot hear it properly, change it right away.

You will need a sound that cuts through the frequencies within the song, frequencies that are common place in the song.

A lot of songs start off with a bass line and/or drums which is why most people will lean toward a higher pitched, short & sweet sounding metronome at the start of their songs most of the time and also why preset/default metronomes are normally high.

This way the metronome cuts through the rest of the song, also, the sound you hear is not long enough to make you want to smash your equipment out of frustration. Like I said before though, if it does make you want to do that. You probably need to change the tone, or slow the metronome down and speed it up slowly until you can play in time.

Suddenly, you will love your metronome and wonder how you ever took it for granted and ran it down.

Investing in a metronome that is not computer based is always a great choice as sometime you do not want to start you computer and software up just to practice.

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Lee Richards 4 years ago

Hey, these are some good solid tips!

I am just starting to write my own songs and the words seemed tailored to my questions! voted up! thnx


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Tyler Bracken 4 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Thanks. I tried to remember where my sticking points were and expanded on those.

I think I will have other tips for beginners soon so be sure to check those out.


Joe 4 years ago

Hah! I wrote a new song today in record time! Thanks for the inspiration/instruction!


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Tyler Bracken 4 years ago from Berlin, Germany Author

Glad to hear it! Feel free to put the song up here. I would like to see something I have had a (very minor) hand in influencing!

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