The Songwriting Process: How to Write a Song a Day (Easy) | musicianonamission.com

The Songwriting Process: How to Write a Song a Day (Easy) | musicianonamission.com


The song writing process should feel easy. The Greeks believe that creative gods or Muses
would visit us to deliver inspiration. Musicians were purely the vessel for those
creative gods. That effortless stream of creativity is what
we all want to achieve. That feeling of being in flow when everything
just works. But how do you get to that point? Do you just wait around for divine inspiration? No. There are proven frameworks that you can learn
and these frameworks makes songwriting an enjoyable experience. Enabling you to write a song a day. So, keep watching if you want to learn 3 simple
ways to master the songwriting process. Now, if you actually want to start improving
your songwriting for practice and apply what you’re going to learn here be sure to grab
the free songwriting cheat sheet that I put together for this video. It would guide you through the entire songwriting
process and it’s completely free. So, let’s dive right in. Rob here from musicianonamission.com and from
what I’ve observed there is three building blocks to a song. The lyrics. The melody. And the instrumentation. Within the instrumentation we can see harmony
and rhythm. So, when we’re talking about songwriting
process what we’re really talking about is how we have arranged these blocks. So, now we’re going to move onto the 3 proven
frameworks for arranging these different parts. Framework number 1 is starting with the instruments,
then the melody, then the lyrics. Now, this is how most people start. Unless you’re a vocalist you probably have
a first instrument, and actually when you sit down to write a song you start with your
most confident instrument. I used to do this, but I really, really struggled. I could never write songs that sounded normal
or professional. But in many cases and with some genres this
is still the best way to start if a vocalist comes in at a later date or if there is more
of a focus on the instrumentation anyway; jazz music, instrumental music or if it’s
just the way you like to write the songs by jamming with your band and seeing what you
come up with. The great thing about this approach is it
can start from anything; chords, a riff any kind of hook and if you’re going to take
this approach it’s probably best to start with your most comfortable instrument, your
first instrument. But personally this didn’t really work for
me. So, next I tried framework number 2, which
is start with a melody, then the instrumentation. Now, for me this is a step in the right direction,
because the melody is always going to be the focus whether it’s a vocal part or just
a lead guitar part it doesn’t matter. The melody is what draws people in. But I still really struggled with this. I’m an awful lyricist and it was really
difficult to fit lyrics to the melody that I’d already composed. Roses are red, violets are blue. I’m really hungry how about stew? But for many people this is the best way to
write and the other benefit of this approach of doing the instrumentation last is that
the melody dictates the chords and it’s really easy to write chord progression when
you’ve already got a melody. Sometimes you get some really interesting
stuff and it also makes your chord progression sound more natural and less force because
they are following a melody that you’ve composed first of all. Finally, we get to framework number 3, which
is my personal favorite and this is starting with the lyrics, then the melody, then the
instrumentation. I can remember the first time I tried this. I was pretty depressed, because my lyrics
and the vocal melody in general just sucked. So, I tried something new. I sat down with a notepad looked out of the
window and started writing. I was free to write anything I wanted. I wasn’t constrained by rhythm or flow and
it was ten times easier. So, I had the lyrics, and then I composed
a melody that fit the lyrics and it felt natural. It just came out. It was great, and then the chords came naturally
too. For me this was a much more organic way of
writing that still focused on the most important element in this case the vocals. Now of course, you’re never going to stick
to just one of these 3 frameworks. You’re always going to move between them,
even if you have a favorite certain situations, certain songs will pull you in a different
directions and you have to adapt. Just go with the flow but have these 3 approaches
in mind, and if you’re really struggling start with framework number 3 that’s my
personal favorite. Of course, there aren’t just 3 approaches
to songwriting and even there are loads more. But these are the 3 big ones and the best
ones to get started with and that’s what’s important here. Now, if you’ve tried all 3 of these but
you’re still really struggling I suggest you try the tracing paper technique. So, can you remember as a kid using tracing
paper to draw over an image and copy it? It was a great way to get used to using a
pen and drawing curves and drawing an image. We can do the same thing with songwriting
you don’t have to recreate the wheel. Take a song that you like and try to replicate
it. Breakdown every single element the harmony,
the rhythm, the melody even the production record the song into your DAW and try to replicate
it. As a cover reproduce a track and you would
learn a whole lot more than I can tell you here and sometimes you start by trying to
reproduce something, but it pulls you in different creative directions. Go with it. But remember this is purely a practice exercise. You don’t want to just be ripping off other
people’s songs. So, 3 simple ways to approach the songwriting
process, but even if you’re going to follow these frameworks the next issue you’re going
to have is writer’s block. Everyone gets it and if you struggle to finish
songs. You have no problem with starting, but you
struggle to finish I put together a free songwriting cheat sheet go through everything you’ve
learned in this video and also covers 6 ways to overcome writer’s block and finish songs
that aren’t finishing themselves. There’s loads more advice in there. It’s easy to sit down with it and follow
it through to start writing songs. It’s completely free, so if you want to
enjoy the songwriting experience and write songs that sound professional head to the
link you see on the screen now or head to the link in the description below. So, that’s all from me. I’m Rob from musicianonamission.com. I’ll see you next time and remember create
regardless.

14 thoughts on “The Songwriting Process: How to Write a Song a Day (Easy) | musicianonamission.com”

  1. I almost always start with a couple chords and rhythm and then begin to develop a melody. Then the melody and chords are developed together. I know the melody is there when it sounds good by itself. Then I add words later and I admit that is the harder part. The trick to easy song writing in my opinion is not to judge whether what you are creating is good or not until the song is completely done.

  2. We'll get all your friends together house party or little get together get an instrumental playing and just go with the flow.

  3. This was a very helpful video! I was wondering if you could do a video on proper song layering. All the components that go into a well-made song. Guitar, Bass, Drums, and so on. I've always been pretty good at coming up with some catchy chords on the guitar and meaningful lyrics, just me and my acoustic, but the rest of song composition I tend to hit a brick wall. When I see professional mixes there are so many tracks it blows my mind. Like 4 acoustic guitar tracks, 3 bass tracks, etc. I feel like if I could get past just the solo man aspect I could skyrocket the sound of my music. Add some beautiful synth or even some acapella melodies replacing actual instruments. I suppose its just about how you put your creativity to work but there is also some science to it. It would be super helpful​ if you could share some wisdom on this subject, but either way this really helped. Maybe I just need to focus on the parts of music making that don't come so naturally to me and build up from there.

  4. Hey fellow songwriters! I have something that may interest y’all. I’ve always found that the more you practice the craft of songwriting the better you become with each song you write. I have created a discord group where each week I assign a topic for a song and the people in the group can write a song and share it with our community for input from others and help in developing as a writer. If you’re interested, join and we’d love to have you there 🙂

    https://discord.gg/GfYjycC

  5. I think writing lyrics first is generally a good idea, because when you have a lyric, then for me, the melody will kind of suggest itself and it will always be something original because it has to match the length, rhythm etc. of my words. But at the same time I am suffering from writers block when it comes to writing lyrics, which is ironic because I have a lot more experience writing words than music, but then my own expectations towards my lyrics are skyhigh and my expectations towords my composition pretty much doesnt exist lol. Therefore my practical approach often is that I write just one or two lines of lyrics first, then, I create a melody and chord progression for it, and once they are underway, I concentrate on finishing the melody and chord progression first, because then, when I have this structure, my choices for lyric are much easier because I have to deal with the limitations of my structure, which somehow helps me to just do my best and not be petrified by the endless possibilities

  6. Really surprised! I was wondering how people were actually writing their songs! Also made me realize that I was using the three methods all along!! Really great content as always! Thanks!

  7. I think we all have our own way,, If you have a good voice that's a great start If you can play an instrument that adds to the process Too many write stuff that sucks and rush to get it recorded to pitch it ? waste of time . The Beatles had it all going for them Intelligent playing in a band- above average singers -worked hard But their story was unique that will never happen again but diversifying and devotion will help Learn your chords learn a few scales and modes listen to advice , but make up your own mind Talent is something you have or not got It cant be taught but hard work and listening to others including whats selling at this time is a must –Best Of Luck

  8. I think you've actually managed to help me.

    I usually start with chords and then build melody and words at the same time, but I'm a bit stuck right now.

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