Rather than judge all your musical outputs, stick with a few and see how far they take you. Then assess them later when you have a more fleshed-out song in your midst. After you figure out out the tune that will carry your song, you can add to the song in a major way. Writing lyrics might not come nearly as naturally, at least at first. Just write down what comes to mind. You have several options for lyrical content. You can take a basic concept like rain and use it as a thematic element for your lyrics.
You might even create characters and a story. You can always come back to them later, and you more than likely will. If your song feels a little hollow so far, you might be interested in using rhythmic subdivisions. To add some rhythmic subdivisions into your in-progress song, you want to assess the chords in your bar. Then, for each chord, strum it several times. As we said, some songs are structured like verse-chorus-verse while others might be something like verse-bridge-chorus-verse-bridge-chorus-solo-chorus.
Other songs eschew basic song structure altogether. Of all the parts of your song that will dominate your attention, the chorus is probably the biggest one. This is what people sing when they hear the song on the radio or on Spotify or YouTube , so you want to make it memorable. Musically, this will mean changing up the chords from the verses and the riff. Some of the most beloved songs have no words in the chorus at all! Feel the song and let the chorus come to you from there.
Do you feel like your song could still use some more oomph? There are some more songwriting elements that can spruce up your song even further. One of these is the arpeggio. With this, you take a chord sequence and pull the notes from it. Arpeggios are also referred to as broken chords. Arpeggios come in different patterns and can help you greatly if you want to attempt a guitar solo during your first songwriting session.
You can also introduce scales to your song. Guitar scales are represented in sequences and may be minor or major. Scales are like chord progressions in that they sound great when paired together, such as scales in A minor pentatonic. You can use them to enhance your songwriting or to form parts of your song. You can always feel free to add more to your song if you think it will improve it.
It sounds like, well, a fully-realized song, at least for the most part. You may or may not fit into that group, but at the risk of losing your material, you better jot down what you have so far. You could even record an early version of the song should you want to. No matter which way you record it, make sure the song is saved in some form. You want both the musical and lyrical components of the song so you can come back to them.
Now give yourself permission to forget the song, at least for a little while. Sometimes what you think is bad now turns out to be pretty good when you look at it later. So far you should have a phrase, with both words and melody, and the harmony chords that backs that phrase, with an interesting rhythm. Keep pushing at it, and finally, the right words will come. This probably being your first song on guitar, you should aim for simplicity. While you should have different words for the verses throughout the song, you should use the same chorus every time.
Songwriting is a vast topic, and what I gave you here is simply one method you can go about writing a song on guitar. Keep working regularly on your skills, and writing a song that will make you proud, may come sooner than expected.
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Hello Robert. Thanks for a terrific guide on songwriting. I have a question on song structuring and phrasing. If I have my basic chords ready for the verses, how do I come up with chords for the chorus. There are no hard and fast rules on what chords to use for the chorus. They can be the same chords of the verses, less, more or different.
I tend to use less chords for choruses — ex if the verse is a 4 chord progression, the chorus tends to have 2 chords. I do this to have less movement in the harmony, and let the catchy melody in the vocals shine out. Just use it as a guide, but then let your ear as well as your creativity keep on showing you the way.
The more you do it, the easier this will become and the less you will need a standard framework. Thank I am glad I finally found something to help me! I write my songs have the melody in my head when I write Have been trying for years to get the sound in head to come out my Gutiar!
This is going to help me traminlesly! Want to be able to put my music from my head to my guitar so I can put my songs together to be able to pitch them! I would to here some that can actually sing sing one of my songs! And I am not really a singer! Would love to be able to put some cords together with one of my songs present it to a singer and here them sing it!
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