Now You Have Written The Words. What About Music?

So you have come up with some really good lyrics but you are finding it hard to put music to these, here are some tips that may help you on your way.

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So you have come up with some really good lyrics but you are finding it hard to put music to these, here are some tips that may help you on your way. 1. So as you know the age old question "What is first -Lyrics or Music?". For most people one can assume that the words come first, then the music. You need to ask yourself this question "Do I sing, play guitar, bass or drums?" If you are really into one band sit down and listen to all the song's written by the lead vocals, then song's written by the guitarist and so on. You will find that the roll you play in your band to some extent will infulence the way you write music. 2. I play guitar and find that 9/10 times I will be playing around on the guitar and stumble on a riff that sounds good from there I will fit words to suit the riff most times that's about all I get so I will store this away and maybe use it some time down the track this can vary from two weeks till 8 months. So you reading this and thinking what about all these band's you here about claiming it only took them one hour to write and put music to their song, This may be true in rare cases but I bet my bottom dollar that the idear or riff has been around for some time. 3. So now for the hints that may help you:

  • Grab your song and do this little test. Pick a song that you just love play it but sing you word's to the tune, you will find that they will fit and flow with the song. So what this tell's you is it's not so much the word's, but the music or melody that are important to give you that originaly sound.
  • So now pick up your guitar and chose three chords eg, G C D play each chord four times in 4/4 timing and sing you words along to this and you will find that it fits.
  • Now keep the same chords but now play them as bar chord's but this time pick the top four strings of each chord twice and sing along with your words.
  • Now using the same bar chords come up with a riff using notes from the bar chord's this may take some time but keep with it and you will come up with something to suit. This will give you a intro to your song.
  • Now you have the intro and verse for your song dont be to worried about the speed of your song just yet. We need to find some chords for the chours, we have used G C D for the verse and intro riff so what chords for the chours C G D but this time we are only going to play the C and G twice and the D six times. Now it is up to you to fit in the words.
  • The speed of your song is best left up to your drumer let him give you some beats to play along with and then pick which one you think sounds the best. By doing this you will find that you and the drumer will most of the time stumble on other idears and before you know it you will be jaming your own song. If you don't like the chords I have used chose one's that you like and give it a go but remember this is just an exercise that if you complete will give you an idear how easy it is to put music to word's. And you will find that down the track you will use your own mix of chords. Cheers Keep trying you never know where the next hit lie's.
  • 10 comments sorted by best / new / date

      Steve Falcone
      You have some good thought's here. One thing to add would be four more chords. You're in G so they would be Am, Bm, Em, and for a better player F#dim
      bobisonthecob
      dude everyones is going to put out a bunch of cheap commercial tunes. three chords. same scale. come on.
      Throneofhecate
      lmao, (to the reply above). Thats the thing about writing a song bro... you cant TELL anyone how to write a song. If you cant encourage individuality, then yes they WILL all sound like cheap commercial tunes. You can say 'yeah, try this and probably come up with something as you go along blabla', just dont tell ppl how YOU come up with a song, the one thing that makes a good band stand out is their originality.
      pidevice
      i'm going to try the techniques dude said.now one can tell anybody how to do anything really,just offer it up in the 'this works for me'spirit.putting words i've written to music and vice-versa has always been very difficult for me
      travislausch
      I just write the music first, then it's easier to apply subject matter to it, and later, lyrics. Sometimes though, I like to be wierd and put sad lyrics over a happy beat.
      Remy_Deathy
      boring....ther's no right wrong way to right a song...thers no good bad way...but it has to be your own way...
      ohdarn323
      "Now using the same bar chords come up with a riff using notes from the bar chord's this may take some time but keep with it and you will come up with something to suit. This will give you a intro to your song." Meh.