How to start (lyrics, titles, quote, talent, songs) - Music Banter Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > Artists Corner > Song Writing, Lyrics and Poetry
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-14-2008, 09:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Behind you
Posts: 18
Default How to start

I want to write songs but have no idea how to. I know someones gonna tell me look at the tips section and I am doin that but what I want to know is how do you all start writing? Do you make up the title and then write the lyrics?Do you write the chrous first? Or do you make the melody first?

"When it comes to thought, some people stop at nothing".-unknown

"we're not retreating; we're advancing in another direction"-General Douglas MacArthur
Decus Officium Fortitudo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2008, 09:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
cauterize_this's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 22

Find yourself a melody then go from there. That way, if you pin your lyrics to a melody right away, the final result will probably flow better. Normally(well for me) the title comes last, because it's what I ended up writing about most in the song.
cauterize_this is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2008, 09:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
Don't think twice
either/or's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: A basement on the hill
Posts: 352

just start writing prose, not even in song form ya know, like pages and pages of mainly garbage and you will surely find a few good lines in there somewhere.
Painstaking devotion and love
Surrendered to self preservation
From others who care for themselves
A blindness that touches perfection
But hurts just like anything else

Isolation, isolation, isolation
either/or is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2008, 09:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
They call me Tundra Boy
DontRunMeOver's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In your linen cupboard.
Posts: 1,166

Originally Posted by either/or View Post
just start writing prose, not even in song form ya know, like pages and pages of mainly garbage and you will surely find a few good lines in there somewhere.
I'd say either do what he said, or.

1) Identify something you actually want to write a lyric about.

2) Write down as many titles for a song on this topic as you can.

3) Choose the best title, that can also be the hookline in your chorus.

4) Based on the title that you now have, write line after line of whatever comes into your head... as much as possible. Then look at all of the lines, take the ones that impress you and drop the rest.

5) Put those lines in an order that seems to make sense, with those lines as your verse and bridge and the title as the chorus.

6) Try to play a song based on what you've written. Keep playing until you get to the end. Do this a few times until you can identify which lines worked as lyrics and which didn't.

7) Go away and do something else for a few minutes, then come back to the lyrics and repeat steps 4, 5 and 6 over and over until you have something you like.

This is almost exactly how I write songs. For step 3 I often will come up with a catchy chorus melody first and then think of the best lyric to fit it based on the subject. Unless you have a real talent for lyric-writing then I think that trying to fit lyrics around the melody usually leads to pretty bad lyrics and often a slightly cliched melody. If you start with lyrics first then it tends to push the melody rhythm toward something a bit less boring and obvious. It can also tend to lead you into writing more interesting structures which you wouldn't have thought of if you were writing music-first.

Originally Posted by Katyppfan View Post
When Pete plays it is 100% live , your music if that's what you call it doesn't sound so good either? so you can't really critercize can you ?

Last edited by DontRunMeOver; 03-25-2008 at 09:21 AM.
DontRunMeOver is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads

© 2003-2024 Advameg, Inc.