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How to create a new song

Published at 01/07/2012 13:16:14


Writing a song can be a very rewarding experience especially when you hear others sing along. Contrary to what many may think, one does not have to attend music school to learn how to create a song. Inspiration to write comes from everywhere and anywhere; something no school can teach. Software to help with the beat arrangement is available at local stores or over the internet. This demystifies song creation, making it something that anyone interested enough embark on.

Step 1

A good song is made up of interesting melodies, lyrical content and a well-organized musical structure. A song writer could opt to start with the lyrics then find a melody, or find a melody, first then write the lyrics later. It is not cast on stone how to go about it.If you can write the lyrics while composing a melody, that is allowed too.

Pick out what music genre appeals to you most. This would be the type of musicians you love listening to. Everyone has their favorite kind of music and listening to these artists can help you study how the songs are written and arranged. Love for a certain kind of music means that you will express yourself better in it.All great songwriters were heavily influenced by songwriters who came before them.

Avoid complete imitation when writing your song. Walk around with a pen and paper just in case inspiration strikes you as you walk to the grocery store. Write down interesting or stupid things you see or hear during the day. Such, will make your lyrics unique, funny and good. Clichés should be avoided at all costs.

Step 2

Basic understanding of chords and their role help to set the mood and atmosphere of the song. They are divided into three main groups, Major chords, Minor chords and Dominant 7th chords. Love songs are created on major chords. A melancholy and darker feeling is created on minor chords, while jazz and blues heavily rely on dominant 7th chords.

Picking the right tempo and rhythm significantly contribute to the mood of the song as well. A faster tempo creates an upbeat feeling.

If a tune happens to come to you then record it immediately. You could use your phone or call yourself and sing loud enough. Tunes tend to disappear if you do not act quickly

Step 3

It is important that your lyrics match the mood of the song. Make the lyrics flow by making it so that the words blend into each other. Use catchy phrases especially for the chorus such that, even when the rest of the song disappears, this has stuck. It is known as, the hook of the song. Matching the mood of the song to the lyrics give the listener the effect that they would like to listen to it again.

Get feedback. Sing for a small audience maybe family or friends and let them point out what they feel does not sound right. Do not tire of going back to the drawing board.


Do not be too serious or put too much pressure on yourself when creating a song; especially if it’s your first. Have fun with it and do not be afraid to experiment. Good songs take the listener by surprise. Mix it up a little; do not be afraid to blend different genres. New trends are born this way. Practice makes perfect so do not stop at your first song, write many more.