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How to Compose Songs Without Knowing How to Write Music

Updated on September 12, 2013

Can we compose songs without knowing how to write music? Actually yes we can, there are several ways to create songs without have to understand musical notes or go to music school first. I think people who have desire and passion to create songs can create songs in every way they could with their own creativity. Music is a form of expression of the soul, so when we have a feeling or emotion towards an event, we can pour out our feelings through a song as a form of expression of the soul, summarize through lines of words as poetry or lyrics or direct chanting the words that express our feelings is the simplest form how we can create a song. Otherwise, it would be great if you have music instruments and recording tools to support you in order to compose songs. You don't need to have music equipment and recording tools that are expensive; some affordable musical instruments such as acoustic guitar or cheap portable music keyboard can help you creating music. If you are confused where to start or how to begin to compose a song, try these steps below. Hopefully these tips can help you to compose songs better, easier and fun.

Get Inspiration
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Get Inspiration

It would be better if you have inspirations to be poured into the form of songs, either your emotions are happy, angry, sad or else. With emotion, it helps you to create better songs that can reflect on how you feel about things. You can recall the events that moved you emotionally. When you're feeling touchy due to recall an event or especially if you have just experienced an event that tickle your emotions, it would be better if you channel your emotions through creativity like compose songs.

Write your inspiration
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Write Lyrics On a Note

Try to pour your emotions whether it sad, angry, happy or everything else through words that you can think of. Write down your words per phrase exactly like how you feel, try writing it down on paper or other media where you can write your feelings easily and try writing it in a form such as poetry or lyrics. You can see some examples of lyrics composition from your favorite songs; just write your own lyrics without you have to feel like write it wrong or having many mistakes of composing it because you can change it later. What matter the most is how you can describe your feelings through words. Try doing it often so that you can get used to it.

Go find the rhymes of your song
Go find the rhymes of your song | Source

Make Some Melodies

You can create melodies simply by reading your lyrics with rhymes or add some melodies with the help of musical instruments to your lyrics you created before. If you have a musical instrument such as guitar or piano, you can create chords from it to integrate the melody with your lyrics because either guitar or piano can produce a harmonious melody that you can add for the inspiration of the song that you want to create. Try to play your musical instrument to controlling the beat. Listen from your thoughts and feelings and vent it through the way you play your musical instrument either with a fast or slow beat. Then, try matching the lyrics with the chords you’ve been created with your musical instrument, feeling it, so the song can have a soul and meaningful. If you feel the lyrics didn’t fit with the rhymes you’ve created with your musical instrument, try changing some of the words in the lyrics or searching for other rhymes.

Try to Practice The Song and Don’t Forget to Record It

After you can match the lyrics with the rhymes you created, try practicing your song over and over. It helps you so that you can remember the lyrics and the rhymes of the song. Plus, it is better if you also record your song, try record your songs from the practice session until you can master it. You can use simple recorder from your phone or laptop, you can use advanced recording tools if you want good recording quality but it is better if you master your song first. Keep practice and practice.


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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Try humming your lyrics, then if you forgot to remember the rhymes you can record it as for example with your phone recorder app. It helps me a lot creating music. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it :)

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      @lovebuglena Yes, sometimes when I got an inspiration I try to write the lirics on a paper then try to sing it with rhymes, then I recorded it so not to forgot.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was interesting and informative. I usually can get the lyrics but the music is more difficult. Thanks for sharing. Passing this on.

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      Lena Kovadlo 4 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Good advice here. You can actually write songs without having any musical instruments or knowing how to play them by writing the lyrics with a melody in mind and then singing those written lyrics a capella with the melody you had in your head when writing them. You can even alter the way you sing the song if it sounds better than the original melody that came to you...