How to Write Great Songs
Music is a universal language that everybody loves and appreciate, and it takes great artists to write and sing meaningful songs. The person or artist who can do the job in writing a song is called the songwriter. Therefore, to emphasize, it is the main job of a songwriter to write the song, not necessarily to perform the song, nor record or promote or sell it.
A songwriter has the skill in writing a song, and this means from picking the right notes, to getting the right chords to go with the right words, and giving the right title.
Songwriters write songs for the purpose of having people listen to it. Through CD or record or live performance, the end listeners get to hear and buy the song.
Next entity that a songwriter would write for is the record company, who has the facility to turn his or her song into a product like record or CD, and deliver it to the retail or radio stores for end users to buy.
Next, a songwriter writes songs for radio programmers, whose daily job is to guide their listeners on what they should listen.
Another entity that a songwriter would write a song for is the performer, who could be the popular artist that a record company sought after and radio stations would want to play his or her song.
A songwriter has many qualities in order to be able to write a song. A songwriter must know how to compose the lyrics, develop the melody, write the chords, and writing the song into a lead sheet. As the owner of the song and seller of the song, a songwriter must know also how to select the song for a demo and how to record the demo into a compelling one.
So to become a songwriter, you must have the skills of a lyric writer, melody writer, chord writer and lead sheet writer. You can also become a solo songwriter if you do all the four skills mentioned. There are songwriters too who would partner another artist and have this artist compose the lyric or music role depending on their songs.
Considered as a key skill of a songwriter is to be able to write a song that tells a story rather than putting in words or rhymes together.
There are people who are naturally gifted to become a great songwriter, while others have to master the skill before becoming a great songwriter. There is an advice, that if you want to become a great songwriter, you need to take a few hours every day and study famous songs of a successful artist.
It takes more than writing the lyrics in order to produce a great song. It is very important that you master all the components in the writing process of the song, and make it a point that your song is relatable to people.