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How To Write A Song - A Review Of Useful Websites
Have You Ever Wanted To Write A Song?
Have you ever wanted to write a song, or just wanted to improve your songwriting skills?
That's where I found myself recently. Of course I had read books, browsed the web and generally looked around to see what material was out there and available to help me to improve and write better songs. I have been writing songs since I was fourteen and at school, when I was bought my first guitar as a birthday present. That's quite a time ago as I am near to retirement age now. In that time I have written what I think of as passable songs but never anything outstandingly brilliant. I don't suppose that I will now however, I still like to knock out a few chords on the guitar and work on a lyric. I get a great deal of satisfaction from this hobby of mine. You will find three of my own songs included throughout the lens, hope you find that you can enjoy them.
I wanted to collect all the available information on writing songs into one place and so the idea for this page was born. I will list Squidoo pages with a song writing theme and also any other free song writing tips from other areas of the internet. I may move on to professional song writing lessons in due course. Many of the sites linked to will of course have their own links to more resources. I may try to include these further links in a future update.
Here I am with my Fender, a still from one of the videos included below.
One of my Songs, - This 'n' That
Just as a little taster of where I am coming from, I would like to present on of my recent songs. You may get the impression that I am still stuck in the sixties - and you would be right where my song writing is concerned. Maybe that's one area I should look at?
Are You A Songwriter? - Would You Like To Write Songs?
Even if you don't intend to be a famous rock / country / blues / classical singer, would you like to write your own songs as a creative exercise.
Have you ever considered writing your own songs?
Song Writing Tips - From Amazon
OK, these guys have given their all to offer you advice - hoever sometimes you might just want to see what a professional has to offer.
Song Writing Help from the internet
Lots of links, you will need to be selective and find out if they offer exactly what you need. In the fullness of time I will review the sites but my aim in the first instance has been to collect the links and make them available. As I said above different people will learn in different ways so that it is difficult to be more specific at this point. I hope the list will prove to be of help.
- International Songwriters Association
Commercial enterprise offering a magazine with tips and interviews with songwriters and business people. Also offers services from critique of your lyrics to demo recordings.
- Ultimate Song Writing.com
A very far reaching site offering help on all aspects of song writing and the business of writing songs
- Something Out of Nothing: 21 Songwriting Tips
- Songwriting Techniques
from the same author as above, taking the article a little further, don't miss this one either
- Tom Hess Music Corporation
Song writing techniques. Seems like a good read, part one of a series.
- Song Wrting Techniques
Good from the point of view of structure anad form
- Songwriting Techniques | Melody, Hit Songs
short postings, I have only looked at a couple but there could be something of interest. Commercial site
- The muse's muse
Some good tips delivered in several short articles
- Graham Gouldman's top ten tips
Grahame Gouldman wrote such classics as For Your Love (Yardbirds). I'm Not In Love ( 10cc) and Bus Stop ( The Hollies). With such a background you had better listen to what he has to tell you.
- Sonwriting tips for writing incredible songs
You need to sign-up (free) with this site, but once past the advertising for the book, there are loads of articles with great advice on lyrics, music and creativity.
- Blogging Muses
A site with tips covering performance, songwriting and business aspects. Well worth signing up for regular news items and new articles.
- Success for your songs
Another site which informs you through regular e-mails of new articles about all aspects of the business of songwriting
- Song writing guide
Lots of articles to help with song writing
Another Of My Songs
Just thought that you might like to hear another of my own songs, "It's Later Than You Think".
I don't think I have ever used particular techniques in writing songs. My own favourite method is to sit down with the guitar and start strumming. An idea, phrase or tag will come into my head and match with a chord sequence. I simply build on the idea and a song arrives. Of course, maybe this is why my songs are never real big winners. A little bit of forethought or planning might well have an enormous effect. On the other hand................... who knows?
Rhyming And Its Usage - Links To Useful Resources
It doesn't seem to be abig thing these days for modern songs, but I guess I still like to hear it done properly. For me rhyming seems to add a little something, maybe even a little magic, to the lyric and the song. Lots of resources to help with this abound on the internet and I am hoping to cover a number of these which could be helpful to you. I will add more for other aspects of writing songs as I improve and modify this lens. As usual I see it as a work in progress and hope that it will be accepted as such.
Rhymer is a free on-line rhyming dictionary, offering six different types of rhyme. This seems to be a very wide ranging search of words that give both storng and weak rhymes. You may find you need to be selective. But on the other hand, the more rhy
- Wiki Rhymer
WIKI rhymer, claims to be the best on-line rhyming dictionary. A claim I have not substantiated but why not try it for yourself. It seems to have a separate engine for weak rhymes ( eg those rhymes which are almost but not quite there but will work i
- Write Express
Write _express seems to use Rhymer (see above)
- Ultimate Songwriting
Ultimate songwriting.com is a site with lots of tips ( it claims) for writing good songs, this link is to the page on how to use rhymes. It is a blatantly commercial site, but it is up to you to pick what you need from its many pages of tips, etc. It
- Types Of Rhyme
Michael Thomas has written a comprehensive explanation of the different types of rhyme. A good idea to at least understand the main points.
- How To Use Rhymes
Song writing fever 3 has a page on using rhymes. Why and how. A short tutorial but opens the way to more information.
- Advice on using Rhymes
A short article on rhyming ( Samantha Gonzalez), again you are urged to be natural and consider wether you need to rhyme at all. Something the commercial sites selling rhyming dictionaries or software never mention.
Adding Colour To A Song Using Chords - Chord Stucture And Harmony
OK you have a lyric and a melody; the lyric has been stuctured to provide interest and the melody is something that you feel like whistling all day. What else is there to do. Adding a few possibly unexpected, chords in the right places can add so much to the overall feel of a song. This list of sites provides information which will help you to do this.
Harmony essentials, chord structures and bass lines. It all seems so complicated but doesn't have to be. Why not experiment with a few well-placed chords, a simple chord riff or even a little silence at a crucial point. get to know a few basic ideas and the world may be your oyster.
- Putting chords to an existing melody
A few simple home truths about the basic s of adding chords and a bassline to an existing melody. Every musician needs a little understanding of the steps involved in this.
- Use Modal Mixture Chords for Added Colour
A short blog post with a useful tip about using modal mixtures - using chords that you would not normally find in the key that you are working in.
- 5 Ideas for Perking Up a Boring Chord Progression
This is by the same writer as the above link, in this post he gives 5 useful ideas including a link to that post. Common but often forgotten ways of adding colour to chord progressions
- Chord sequence generator
A free guide to chord sequences with help given to automatically generate chord sequences.
- CHORDS PROGRESSION GENERATOR
Another random chord sequence generator, may be good for a little inspiration
Do You Need a Guitar? - Amazon Has Lots On Offer
As I said The guitar is the catalyst for mysong writing, but you will have your own instrument of choice. Even if it is only a couple of fingers on a cardboard box - rhythm is important when constructing lyrics.
Tips On Less Common Aspects Of Songwriting - Help From Blogs On Songwriting
There are many aspects of writing songs (performing, getiing them published or even sold) which I have found are covered well in two blogs I follow. Occasionally, a musician / songwriter will strike it lucky and it appears that all you need is that one chance to become successful. However as with most things in life, hardwork increases your prospects of finding that chance which brings success.
There are many more blogs on the subject of songwriting, which give technical tips
Songwriting tips, some basic but lots of very useful insights. describes itself as The #1 Songwriting blog
- Success For Your Songs.com
Blog / newsletter which aims to provide valuable peripheral knowledge to songwriters of all skill levels.
- The Essential Secrets Of Songwriting
Technical tips to help improve your songs
- Music Publishing and Songwriting
Tiips from a publisher on making money from your songwriting
A blog designed for songwriters and songwriting. If you know ban-in-a-box then you will understand the recording software available on line for free on this site.
One Last Final Song From My Repetoire
Here It Is..................
This one is called, " Going To The City". Thanks for getting this far and hope you enjoyed the songs and found the links / lenses helpful.
I have tried to be fairly complete but of course there is a mass of articles and stuff on the internet on this subject. If there is anything you think should be added to these lists please let me know. I intend to add information to links covering other aspects, but if you would like to see something in particular, then please ask.
Or maybe there is a brick that I've dropped and you want to tell me about it, well I would love that too. In fact anything at all to get off your chest (about songwriting or this lens) would be more than welcome.