If singing is one of your passions it is more than likely that you play with the idea of writing your own songs, if you do not already. It is not essential, since you can be a great interpreter and not an author, but many times it goes hand in hand and is most natural. In fact, every time I believe more than one of our most essential drives as human beings is to create, it may even be number one. Create, not only art or songs, but anything (companies, relationships, projects, systems, applications, life) I think it is a fundamental part of why we are in this life. Or rather, one of the most important means to feel fulfilled and fulfilled. In fact, in the end our passage through this world may be just that: a creation.
But although I love to listening music, my intention today is another. Offer a practical guide for you to start writing and composing your own songs. Writing songs is something deeply satisfying.
9 Steps to Write Own Songs
The following steps are not written to be followed in a particular order. Rather, they are part of a system and complement each other.
- Listen a lot of music and varied. Open your ears the more different music you hear, the more your creations can be impregnated with originality and authenticity. Get out of the formula radio. There is an infinite amount of music in the world to satisfy your ears and to train them. Your sound life will be much richer and your own songs will benefit from it.
- Read. Above all poetry and lyrics. Soak up Study the sonority of words. Read in loud voice. Learn to enjoy the sound of words. Enjoy the conjugation of different words, of the images that are created. Look closely at what expressions or words are repeated in the songs to constantly re-engage the listener, usually in the refrains. And, very important, the next point.
- Analyze the structure of your favorite songs. Study how your idols organize their songs. It is not very complicated. But this way you will have a template to facilitate your work.
- Write, write, and write. How do you learn to sing? Cantando. How do you learn to run? Running. How do you learn to write? Writing. Then you can sophisticate your learning in many ways (and in fact it is more than recommended), but you have to know not to lose the north and focus on doing just “that” you want to learn. Keep notebooks with you, or the great Evernote app on your mobile, and write everything you can, everywhere.
- Copy. Yes, copy. I’m not talking about plagiarizing a work, but copying, after all, is what we all do constantly. When someone starts learning any discipline, it is normal for them to start copying their teacher or their idol. It’s natural. They are the references you have and it is a good way to simplify processes. Then there will be time to merge with other sources, create new combinations and include unique ideas in you.
- Study music, but be careful. It is obvious that to write songs you need to know some music. But how much? It all depends on how far you want to go and the degree of sophistication you want to achieve, BUT (and this is a big but) to start writing popular songs you do not need to lose yourself in a jungle of knowledge. In fact, it can be very counterproductive, as it was in my case. You have to start the house by the foundations.
- Record your ideas on the fly. Always carry a recorder with you. Now with mobile phones there is usually no problem. Tom Waits says that the songs are in the air. At any time they come to you. If you do not catch them and use them, they will follow your path and another will do it for you. What sounds so metaphysical is a reality like the crown of a pine tree. Songs and ideas in general are floating in the air, in this kind of magma of universal consciousness or infinite intelligence. And sometimes they knock on your door.
- Think what you want to tell. You do not have to always be clear about what you want to talk about in a song, but it is easier to make a round song if you are already part of a base, of an idea. You may want to communicate an idea, a claim, a complaint, a feeling, an emotion, a concern, a confession, an atmosphere. What you want. It may be transparent and crystalline or you may want to use more cryptic metaphors.
- Trust in you and in your subconscious. Creating is an act of faith. From writing a song to writing this article. You have to believe and trust that you will. And so it is. It is a process that seems magical and wonderful. Sometimes you can even feel more powerful and intelligent than you normally think. It is the power of the different mental states. And you have to work to create an optimal mental state to write your songs.
Remember. Everything in this life is practical. Because of your personal history you can have more or less talent and ability to make better or worse distinctions than others. Greater or lesser vocal abilities. Greater ability to write. Etc. But in the end, what counts and what gives results in this life, is work. Accept the point where you are, adopt a beginner mentality, believe in yourself, and work. And believe in your imagination. That is the way.