What Aspiring Singer-Songwriters Need To Know

Posted on 3rd March 2016 in Song writing

3 Little Tips for Becoming a Better Singer-Songwriter

What Do Aspiring Singer-Songwriters Need To Know_ Little Tips for Becoming a Better Singer-Songwriter

It’s easier than ever to become a singer-songwriter today. Getting started is a matter of picking up an instrument, pen and notebook. Technology – computers and music recording software – also makes it easier to create rough work tapes. And social media makes building a fan base even easier. So easy that people start their singing-songwriting careers in only weeks.

Some aspiring singer-songwriters need a bit more inspiration to get started. A little push in the right direction, as they say. Or, as we say, a look at a few little tips for getting started as a singer-songwriter.

Becoming A Successful Singer-Songwriter

Tip #1: Analyze, Analyze and Always Keep Writing

Is there a song you just adore? What about lyrics? So… what lyrics inspire you? If you have an answer to those questions, you’re ready start writing your own lyrics.

Writing lyrics starts with putting down ideas as soon as you get them. But it doesn’t stop there. The best lyrics come out of an inspired mind. And if you want to get inspired, consuming media’s the best way to get started. Some good lyric writing exercises include:

  • Writing ‘new’ lyrics for a favorite song – best for figuring out how to construct lyrics in a musical context.

  • Writing a theme for another piece of media – creating lyrics and music for a favorite book, for example.

  • Using free word association to create lyrics – good for beginning to write lyrics when you’re stumped.

What about rhymes? Not all lyrics need to rhyme, but you certainly need to know how. Referencing a good rhyming dictionary usually does the trick!

Tip #2: The Hook Matters

Ever find yourself bopping to a song long after listening? Yeah, everyone does! And if you do, you’re likely reliving that song’s hook all over again.

Hooks exist in pop music to boost a song’s appeal. This catchy piece of music exists within a song’s chorus—or, in some cases, is the song’s chorus. Whether melodic or rhythmic, this important musical motif is essential for crafting a memorable song.

The best way to construct a hook is, well, playing around with evocative sounds. If you come up with a melody, try replicating the melody with your instrument of choice. Your voice works, too. Repeating the melody more than once helps it stick in your mind. Playing around with words and other turns of phrase helps develop catchy hooks, too.

Tip #3: Make It Dynamic, Make It Interesting

What makes a song interesting? Some say lyrics. Others say music. Others get technical, mentioning elements like chord progression and the hook. It typically depends on the song. So, you can’t just narrow down ‘what makes a song interesting’ to just one thing.

Making a song interesting ultimately starts with you. Don’t believe it? Well, what do you like in a song? Try replicating what you like musically when you create music or write lyrics. When you play it back or read it, do you hear something that sticks? Something catchy? If you do, why not expand on that idea?

If you sing, safely experiment with a different vocal style. Musician? Try different takes on a hooky idea. There’s no wrong way to make a song dynamic, so go crazy experimenting!

So… it’s easy to begin a career as a singer-songwriter nowadays. Most people just have to work up the nerve to get started. Fortunately, our tips might help make the beginning of your journey a little easier.

Mylène Besançon is the CMO of SongCat LLC, a top-rated online recording studio. We believe that by making professional music production financially accessible to anyone with a dream and a voice, we have the potential to change the musical landscape forever. Visit http://songcat.biz to learn more.