Writing music requires a combination of inspiration, creativity, newness, and so much more. In the exciting in-between of composing music, there are times when you might find yourself having a hard time feeling content with your creation. But with a solid grasp of the essential elements of songwriting, you can compose a lasting and catchy song. Here are 5 tips to writing a great song:
Create A Catchy Melody
There are millions of songs that have the same three- and four-chord progressions, and that’s okay! Despite many of these songs having the same progression, there’s a reason why they all still get stuck in our heads. The answer to why these songs get stuck in our heads is the melody. The melody of a song is the most essential part of a song and part of the songwriting process. Great melodies usually move up or down in either a half-step or whole-step interval.
Build Around A Riff
Whether you play the piano, guitar, bass, or don’t play anything at all, you can write a whole song around a riff. If you can create a catchy riff, you have one of the best songwriting tools on your hands. Some examples of riff-driven songs are “Whole Lotta Love” and “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin, “Day Tripper” by The Beatles, “Brown Sugar,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones.
Use All Types of Chords
Sticking to the same basic chords isn’t wrong or all too bad, but you limit your musical ideas. Instead, try to compose songs that include all types of chords. Using major, minor, dominant, diminished, and augmented will change your entire song for the better.
Create A Memorable Rhythm
If you take some time to listen to the current top hits or other popular songs throughout the year, you’ll notice a memorable rhythm. Most catchy and popular songs include a unique, funky, and syncopated melody or backing track.
Write A Song You Can Play Live
Today’s music production software allows musicians and songwriters to create some incredible symphonies, even at home. Although making these great songs with tons of pads and instruments is exciting and fun. However, it is so important for musicians to create music that they can perform live. This way, the recording, and live version still convey the same emotions.
So, are you ready to make incredible music? We hope you enjoyed reading these 5 tips for writing a great song. Come check us out at Miller Piano Specialists in Franklin, TN! If you have any questions about where to buy a piano for the best price, we are open! Our hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. We are happy to help you in person again, using all the guidelines we have been provided. We are here for you.