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Month: April 2020

24 Lyric Writing Tips For The Lyrically Challenged

If anyone asks me whether lyrics or music comes first when writing a song, I would generally say that it would be music first because I don’t consider myself a proficient lyricist.

Musical ideas come much easier than lyrical ideas and even though, over time, it has become easier to come up with lyrics to my songs, I still struggle with coming up with the right words to say.

A lot of the problem has something to do with confidence however, even though I studied music theory in high school, I wasn’t taught lyric writing (and NO, studying poetry in English class doesn’t count).

According to the MusicRadar article 24 Tips For Writing Lyrics

Like any other creative process such as playing guitar or programming synth sounds, lyric-writing is a skill that can be learnt and improved upon

From reading this article I wished there was an element of study in song lyrics when I was in school.

The article outlines twenty four lyric writing tips that are not necessarily hard and fast rules per se, but are guidelines to be experimented on.

You’ll need to read the whole article to get the full list of lyric writing tips however I wanted to highlight some tips that really resonated with me.

#04: Move On – If you can’t quite figure out how to say what you want within a particular line, jot down the gist of it and move on to another part of the song

#05: Elevator Pitch – Try to have a clear idea of what the song is about.

#14: Don’t Be Scared Of Imagery – Don’t feel that using imagery will make your lyrics too arty or flowery.

#20: – Don’t Use Too Many Words – Cramming a line full of words where they clearly won’t fit is not a good idea

#24: – Avoid Filler – Avoid writing filler lines in order to make rhymes work.

For me, there were certainly some “ahaa” moments when I was reading through the tips that will definitely help my lyric writing in the future.

Check out the article 24 Tips For Writing Lyrics and let me know what you think. Do you have other lyric writing tips that you’d like me to share?

Until next time, just keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Original Source: 24 Tips For Writing Lyrics | MusicRadar

The Top 11 Tips For Finishing Your Songs

If you’re anything like me then you have no problems starting songs but have all the troubles in the world finishing them…

Am I right?

Well, here’s a video you need to see. It’s called 11 Top Tips For Finishing Your Songs and I found it on the Musician On A Mission website.

As the video says…

… if you have a lot of ideas for songs, but struggle to get them to the finish line, this video will hopefully help you out.

Check out the video below and enjoy 🙂

Until next time, keep on writing (and finishing),

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Why You Should Collaborate With Other Songwriters

Here’s a songwriting tip for you all… Sometimes, two (or more) heads are better than one when writing a song.

And NO I’m not joking here 😉

Songwriting doesn’t have to be something that you have to do by yourself. Some of the greatest songs ever were written by two or more people.

Examples of these great songwriting teams are:

  • Elton John/Bernie Taupin
  • Hal David/Burt Bacharach
  • Mick Jagger/Keith Richards
  • John Lennon/Paul McCartney

Working in collaboration with another songwriter can be the most rewarding thing that you can do for your songwriting process and there are a few reasons for this.

1. You can be challenged by somebody else
Some people relish the opportunity to work alone but for the most part it can be pretty lonely and un-motivating working by yourself.

Working with others keeps us honest and there is a joy in being spurred on by someone else to be your best.

2. You can cover more strengths
Maybe you are strong with lyrics and not so strong with melody or arrangements. If you choose a collaborator that has strengths in other areas then imagine what songs you can come up with?

I bet you they will be songs that you will both be happy with.

3. Brainstorming is much more fun with a collaborator
The concept of brainstorming for songwriting ideas is most effective when there are more than one songwriter participating. When you have someone else to bounce ideas off of the songwriting process seems to run more smoothly.

4. You can double the experience that you can write about
You and your collaborator are both individuals with different experiences. The amount of scope you have to write about expands.

5. You get exposed to new songwriting ideas
Working with someone else can be very eye opening. I can guarantee you that you will learn something new every time you and your collaborator get together.

6. It’s a great way to network and meet new people
You can collaborate with people that you know or you can seek a collaborator by looking on different songwriting forums, websites and organisations from all over the world.

They don’t even have to be in the same room, even in the same town or even country because you can use services like Skype to write songs. I’ve done this in the past and some songs I’m proud of have been written this way.

One of the most important thing about working with a collaborator is to have open and honest communication with each other especially after the song is written and it’s time to work out the songwriting percentages because there’s nothing that destroys a songwriting team faster than the feeling that credit is not being given where it’s due.

If you are feeling like your songwriting is in a bit of a rut, go and write with other people for a while, you wont regret it.

As a matter of fact, I’m up for a bit of song collaboration so contact me and see what we can do together.

Until next time, keep on writing

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting