And you can tell everybody, this is your song…
We know you love to share your music with the world, but do you ever wonder what makes the world want to share your music back? Great songwriting. A great song is catchy. A great song is timeless. And like Elton John sang, a great song may sound quite simple. So, if it’s so simple, why can’t everyone do it?
We can’t promise that if you follow these tips you’ll be the next Elton John, but we can promise that following these tips will increase your potential for songwriting success.
1. If you don’t already play an instrument (or two, or five!) learn one and practice regularly. No more than you can write a book in your head, you need a vehicle to help get your idea out of your head and into reality.
2. Write, write, write! As much as you can and as often as you can. In the early stages, it’s about volume. Write it all down, be it a chorus or an entire song. You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll get over time, and then you’ll have the experience to develop the quality over the quantity. Ask anyone that has had a hit song, and they can show you an entire collection of ideas that never made the cut.
3. Record your songs in a professional studio environment, like Mighty Music Studios, to give you the best possible sound each and every time. With technological advances, the bar has been raised for the traditional demo. If you don’t sound like you are taking yourself seriously, no one else will. Submitting for another artist’s album? Artists and labels can get thousands of submissions for a single album. If it sounds like you recorded in your mom’s basement, they’ll skip to the next submission faster than you can say Grammy.
4. Study popular songs in your genre. Do the best follow a pattern? Follow it. Do they highlight common sounds? Use them. You have to learn the rules before you can break them.
5. If you have access, learn Logic Pro and/or ProTools. Mastering these music production programs will only help you as your writing progresses. If you don’t have access, look into a studio internship. Many schools will offer college credit for qualifying internships.