As you already know, thier have been previous articles about how to make lyrics better and sound awesome. About how to arrange them and differant re-arrangements, in this article I'm puting how you can make a name for your song and what to talk about in the song. Now I know this is guitar site, so you really dont have to read it, this is for those frontman people who play guitar and also happen to have a talent in singing or if you just play vocals.
Before we get started, I'm going to make sure you know the building blocks of songs and song form, just gonna make it shorter though:
The first concept here is melody. A from a technical standpoint, a melody is defined as any succession of notes. Melodies often fall into descrete sections called phrases or whatever.
Supported by a Progression of chords, and then riffs. These concepts make up larger patterns within songs. I'm missing some stuff but lets get down to business, and get this stuff in our heads.
Choose a song you like and write out it's form. Imagine you're in an art gallery looking at paintings, but you're near-sighted and you forgot your glasses! So instead of seeing every little brush stroke, you see just the overall patterns, shapes, and colors. Now apply that idea to music, Don't analyze the notes--Just listen to its overall form. Where does the energy go up? Where does it go down? Where does it seem to turn sideways and go in a new direction? Identify the verses, choruses, etc., and write out the song's form down the left side of a piece of paper. Then next to each section, make a note about every aspect of that part of the song that occurs to you. What does it use for an intro? Does it use any connecting riffs? Do the riffs continue under the verses or choruses, or does the song use chord progressions? How long are the phrases, an dhow many phrases make up each section? Does it have a bridge? What does the guitar solo play over? A Verse? A chorus? Something else?. When you finish, pick another song to go through, an dnote the similarities and the differences between songs. Then do another one...and another one...Get the idea? (Don't worry. This'll get easier after a few times)
Get into the habit of listening to the structure of songs, There are many great songs that don't follow the typical principles and patterns. For example, look at the tune "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison (redone by Van Halen)
Get a Pen and a blank pad of paper. For one minute, write down as many possible song titles or concepts that you can think of as fast as possible. Don't judge what you are writing, just let every thought that crosses your mine spill out on the page. Here's some examples to get you started: "Life after death" "Dead Flies" The Last Soldier" "Life on the Road" " Back on th e Road" "Killer Toad," " Have to see you again" -- anything that crosses your mind. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. Try to keep you pen moving constantly! You have one minute Go now now now!
That Exercise will build up your creativity for song naming like no other, it workes really well.
Right now, make a list of at least five questions that will help you to write new songs. You can start with some of the questions shown above and add to them. Read over your list every day and write down (or record) any ideas that you have generated from these questions. That will help you make the rest of the song.
Start your Idea Libraries, for both lyrics and music. For lyrics, it will sonsist of a folder full of your lists, and partially developed lyric lines. (and plenty of paper too). For music, it will consist of cassette tapes. For recording your musical ideas, a small portable tape recorder with a built in microphone works best. That way, you can take it with you anywhere.
Pick a song to use as your model, and look at its form. Write out its structure from beginninig to end. Also, lok at some of the things that make up its style. Does the song favor chord progressions or riffs? or both, are there harmonies or back up vocals? any key changes? Write it all down, then begin replacing that song's riffs, progressions and melodies with your own. For example, if the song starts with a riff, go over your idea tapes and select a riff to plug into the song's formula. Then change the chord progressions. Obviously you'll need to replace the lyrics with your own. before long, your song will begin to take on a life of its own.
These simple 5 steps shows you how to make a song, how to name and what to base it on, and not before long you'll be doing like a demo process thing or whatever. Good luck on this crap.