Secrets To Lyrics

An easier and simple way to get an Idea for your songs and names.

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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.

  • Step 1:

    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)

  • Step 2: Your Creativity

    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.

  • Step 3: Creativity Part Two

    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.

  • Step 4

    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.

  • Step 5

    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.

  • 71 comments sorted by best / new / date

      atc228
      not bad, a bit hard to understand but thats could just be from my stupididity
      mrgadd
      Like some people have said, I think most lyrics should be written organically or spontaneously, less structured, but I reckon this would be an excellent way to tackle writers block. very good article
      Moz
      Rather than flame you like some people did, I'm going to say that lyrics are like poetry. They should come from your emotions and experiences. Write about feelings or events, don't just write general things about a girlfriend or evil body. I suggest that you don't start with the title... Start be writing down a feeling you have about somebody or something, and work from there. I see a lot of artists just writing about random stuff, which doesn't really qualify as a song. A song should have meaning to you, whether or not the audience interprets it the way you do.
      BLACKRAVEN
      I write songs for a living so it's nothing new to me though i know i coulden't explain how it's done this well. For everyone who is writing this is exactly how to start. brilliant advice man. ***..
      angusrox
      Great article man. I actually use some of those techniques for my originals. Good job!
      the_dude1829
      GREAT ARTICLE, 100 FUCKIN STARS, ME AND MY FRIEND HAVE BEEN HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH LYRICS, BUT THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WERE LOOKING THANK THANK THANK YOU, YOU FUCKING GOD! But really we can both write really good riffs, but we are shite at lyrics, unless its for comedy songs, so we have some good riffs being wasted on crap comedy, thank you for this article, i believe it will help a lot.
      lead_guitar5
      wanna_lick_me?: well, it seems strange that i should take songwritting advice from a guy who cant spell or construct sentences properly...
      Songwritting? Don't blame the author for things you can't do yourself.
      clwy87
      roughly wat i do when i write my songs....so good article! haha....
      ozzyMYidol23
      lol great article relle helped me and my band we sound much better and my riffs sound good with my voice again thanx alot and yah the article is relle good to learn more about lyrics and like saint and ezln said keep a poetry journal those help alot
      EZLN libertad
      saintpiggin: yeah i agree with EZLN libertad. 1 way not to sound like a little bitch is to use sarcasm or some other figurative speech. also you might want to keep a poetry journal or something. great article ***..
      finally someone that agrees with me
      EV0L
      best article i have seen to date! not a lot of people i know will think of how the energy fluxuates in a song and it's structure! way to go!
      The Hurt Within
      Im sorry but the whole, using mainstream songs as a basis for writing your own either pointless or plagerism, i disagree as a song writer and a lyricist these dont help me, the method you use produces countless copies of original songs...i dont know what to say but i think you missed the point of song writing, you hardly see metallica or chiodos, or the decemberists using this method...so it shouldn't happen elsewhere...i'll get back to this.
      Nexu
      What a load of naff :| If you can write, you can write, if you suck at it then dont do it. have a couple of goes, but dont force it out just because you want to, it has to come from the heart.
      Under_Snails457
      I liked this article, and I disagree with those who say if you can't quickly produce good lyrics, you aren't destined to be a lyricist. My lyrics were fairly gimmicky and basic to start with, but sometimes I get in a really good state of mind and the words come easily. I think everyone's capable of the kind of emotion and thought that good lyrics come from, but expression can be tricky. If you practice you'll improve, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Keep it real my cuzzes.
      les_paul_01
      good article. songwriting should be organic but at the same time you can still apply a form to it.
      rocknroll420
      cool cool good article but seriuosly there is a biii..g difference between singignt he blues and bein emo singign the blues is about bein sad but goign on with it being emo is just being gay and wanting to die well news flash every else wants you to too emo queeers good article 4 *'s man little to un artsy
      nothingface187
      I've been writing lyrics for about 4 years now, and i've been studying different bands' lyrics, but some the better came for It Dies Today, Really cool lyrics.
      BoomerSVK
      Moz: Rather than flame you like some people did, I'm going to say that lyrics are like poetry. They should come from your emotions and experiences. Write about feelings or events, don't just write general things about a girlfriend or evil body. I suggest that you don't start with the title... Start be writing down a feeling you have about somebody or something, and work from there. I see a lot of artists just writing about random stuff, which doesn't really qualify as a song. A song should have meaning to you, whether or not the audience interprets it the way you do.
      Exactly how I feel about lyrics... I think one can't be told how to write really emotional lyrics...he can only be taught that emotional lyrics are about putting EMOTIONS into the song...some people fail to see that and that's how we get crappy lyrics and lame songs... You're the man
      Xerothunder
      I honestly agree with those ideas, but only in a sense of it's a good place to start. If it's not working, you aren't cut out to be a lyricist.
      Andyru
      I think this works well but I've written about 9 songs and they just come to me through inspiration and events. Most of the time I write the lyrics first and then think of a melody but whatever works for you.
      EZLN libertad
      i liked most of it, but my only advice for writing lyrics is not to sound like a whiney bitch and you'll do pretty good
      SixStrings
      thats good, different things work for different people,i myself usely come up with a melody on my guitar, and based on the cord porgressions and how it sounds is the mood it kind of sets me in and gives me ideas on what to write about. out of the 11 or 12 songs that ive written, ive only came up with lyrics before the melody like twice...but that works for me, and maybe wouldnt work for anyone else? who knows?? i dont believe in a blueprinted way to write songs or play music in general
      saintpiggin
      yeah i agree with EZLN libertad. 1 way not to sound like a little bitch is to use sarcasm or some other figurative speech. also you might want to keep a poetry journal or something. great article ***..
      VectorminatoR
      Although like justinkawkins said, songs should come from the inside, but of course this is a great article for people who dunno where to start. 5 stars, absolutely.
      leijsa
      I like your little writing out song titles in a minute idea. I'll try that sometime.
      GnRrelease_it
      some good ideas man...a little too step-by-step for me but overall a great concept 5 stars 'cause i read a really crappy article before this one and yours sounds bloody brilliant by comparison
      justinhawkins
      good, i guess, but a little bit too scientific. songwriting should really be organic, not forced out by a process