Tip: Stockpile Ideas for Songs

Problem: You don’t have big chunks of time to spend on your songwriting. (Not many of us do.)  So when you finally do get an afternoon to work on your songs – or at least a couple of uninterrupted hours – you need to get the most  from it. You don’t need to be spending the first hour or two just trying to find an idea you want to work on.

Here’s a songwriting tip  that can help you avoid wasting hours! Continue reading “Tip: Stockpile Ideas for Songs”

How to Write a Song If You Don’t Play an Instrument

If you want to write songs but don’t play piano or guitar, don’t let that stop you. There are plenty of online resources and useful tools for creating tracks to write to or accompany your existing melody and lyrics.  Even if you’re a musician, it’s fun to use some of these songwriting tools to break out of old habits and get inspired.

1. KARAOKE TRACKS – Buy or stream a Karaoke recording and write your own melody and lyrics to the hit song track – just be sure you don’t use any of the lyrics or melody of the hit song. Karaoke tracks are available at iTunes or Amazon.com. One of my favorite sources is www.Karaoke-Version.com. You can buy the instrumental track without backing vocals.

The karaoke track is copyrighted so you won’t be able to use it to pitch your song but it will give you a fun way to write songs for personal use or you can replace the karaoke track with one from a demo  production studio.

2. PRE-RECORDED SONG TRACKS – You can buy pre-recorded song tracks from DrumsOnDemand.com and WriterTracks.com. These are laid out in Verse/Chorus form and are available in a range of music styles. Most are fully produced with drums, bass, guitar, etc. There are some limitations on uses so read the FAQ sections. Continue reading “How to Write a Song If You Don’t Play an Instrument”

Go Ahead – Collaborate on a Song

I regularly check through the top songs in the Rock, Country, AC, and Urban genres and, guess what… in all four genres a majority of the hits are collaborations. In the Country genre, in fact, ALL of the top songs are frequently collaborations!

Collaborating (co-writing a song with one or more other songwriters) has so many benefits that it’s worth putting some real effort into learning how to do it and finding compatible songwriting partners to work with. It may take some time, maybe a few false starts, but it can more than repay you in the long run.

REASONS TO COLLABORATE

  • A collaborator can offer new ideas and nudge you out of old habits.
  • If you fall in love with a line that isn’t working, a collaborator can point that out and keep the song moving forward.
  • Working with a collaborator gives you added motivation, energy, and goals to meet.
  • The cost of demoing your song can be half what it would be if you wrote it alone.
  • Chances are you’re stronger in one area (lyrics or music) than another; a collaborator can add strength where you’re weak. Continue reading “Go Ahead – Collaborate on a Song”