Tips To Make Lyric-Writing Easier

Just some personal experiences I've had that help me write songs.

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Ok, so this is my first lesson. I just started writing songs and putting music with them and I had trouble at first. However, I've found that certain things make it easier to make songs. Here are my three top tips: 1: Listen To Your Favorite Bands I was actually mowing the lawn when I came up with my best song. I was listening to Plain White T's and Yellowcard music, because they are two of my favorite bands. I really started paying attention to the lyrics and tone of the songs I, and before long I had my own lyrics going in my head. Just find a song that strikes you as, "Oh cool! I like that song!" and try to model something from it! 2: Write About Personal Experiences This is not only a way to get a quick song put down, it also sometimes relieves pent up emotions. When you go through something traumatic, (e.g. a breakup, loss of a loved one) sometimes you just can't seem to get over it. So, why not write about it? Write what your feelings are about it, how you might feel let-down, lost, etc. When I feel bad, I write about it and more often than not, I get a song from it and it helps me feel better, like I've gotten closure for the incident. Use your emotions to your advantage! 3: Take Your Time I'm sure you've read this in other lessons, but sometimes it takes days or weeks to get a song even started. I sometimes spend an hour poised over a piece of paper, waiting for inspiration. The trick is to just have patience and constantly think of coming up with something. Think of everything you see and do as lyrics. Something will come to you! That's all I've got for now! This is my first lesson, so comment and tell me if I helped! Thanks! :)

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    matACCADACCA
    FlameGame : 13. Write in Spanish or French when you know that your lesson is shit.
    Yeah! So no-one can understand you. BTW, break-up has been done 1,000,000,000.00092 times. Be imaginative! Sing about one dude stabbing another dude in hell while hanging little kids (You know, just a suggestion). What the music industry does not need is more soppy, C-G-Am-F songs. An artist I know of made a song, where he recorded C-G-Am-F in the background, and sang the choruses to 54 SONGS! That's right. 54 songs that use the exact same chord progression, all hits. It shows a world where people are too unimaginative to listen to something different. (Now don't get me started on songs that go for 2-mins. I mean, jesus, what creativity can you squeeze into 2mins? Oh, right, none.)
    Hibberdijibbit
    matACCADACCA wrote: FlameGame : 13. Write in Spanish or French when you know that your lesson is shit. Yeah! So no-one can understand you. BTW, break-up has been done 1,000,000,000.00092 times. Be imaginative! Sing about one dude stabbing another dude in hell while hanging little kids (You know, just a suggestion). What the music industry does not need is more soppy, C-G-Am-F songs. An artist I know of made a song, where he recorded C-G-Am-F in the background, and sang the choruses to 54 SONGS! That's right. 54 songs that use the exact same chord progression, all hits. It shows a world where people are too unimaginative to listen to something different. (Now don't get me started on songs that go for 2-mins. I mean, jesus, what creativity can you squeeze into 2mins? Oh, right, none.)
    Amen to that, brother. Gone are the days of Gun's and Roses(I'm referring to the original crew) making incredibly intricate songs like November Rain and everyone loving them. Its damn depressing
    minkar_man72
    yeah it was pretty simple. it makes sence, but i think most people can figure this on their own
    rickyj
    dammit. i desperately want to be able to say c-c-c-combo breaker.
    bball_fan01
    15. If you feel happy, write in a major key. 16. If you feel sad, write in a minor key.
    falco.1993
    wicked_hobbit wrote: 12. Write down nice sounding phrases as you encounter them in reading, watching TV or in everyday life.
    That's actually a good one, I got a song title out of a Rolling Stone article once.... 18. Make others feel good about their writing skills by posting insanely crappy lessons on songwriting on Ultimate-Guitar.com.
    Fuladol
    17. If you were born in the nineties you shouldn't write ANY songs and should reserve your elitist passive aggressive know-it-all BS attitude for when you are old enough to consume alcohol. And don't reminisce about the good old days when Guns n Roses made long intricate songs that everyone loved if you were born in 1999. Also, adopt puppies and love them.
    anorexorcist15
    i was reading then i saw "plain white T's and yellowcard are my favourite bands" sorry i couldnt read after that.
    krypticguitar87
    (Now don't get me started on songs that go for 2-mins. I mean, jesus, what creativity can you squeeze into 2mins? Oh, right, none.)
    Sorry to have to bring this up but anyone that thinks that one needs to hit a certian amount of time to be creative isn't an artist on any level. Just because a song is short doesn't mean it's any less creative than a longer song. Infact part of creativity is knowing restraint, it might suck but throwing on wah and playing in a pentatonic scale for five minutes is a bout as creative as writing your name at the top of your home work. Sometimes being creative is knowing when to stop, and too many "artists" don't. Any one can solo in one key for a long time, and anyone can sing about the same subject for a long time, but few can actually sum it up in less than three minutes and sound complete. I'm not sayig that the only way to be good is keep it short, but forcing a song to be more than three minutes when it should have only been two minutes long is not creative. However I do agree that this lesson was not helpful and a total wase of time.
    azma
    Calvero wrote: 7. Do not draw inspiration from Yellowcard or Plain White T's.
    True dat, they suck lol
    stubbs
    backtothe70s wrote: Too short and hasty and to me it all seems like something that dosn't even have to be said because everybody knows it...
    Exactly... its obvious you will do these things anyway while writing a song.
    rockgodman
    6. Try writing a UG article about it to boost your confidence about something you clearly just started doing.
    Lostbluesman
    Article feels rushed, and it simply says the same old, same old. Not a lot of help to be honest, i'm afraid. I would suggest you give more examples and explain each part more thoroughly, give more tips and cover broader, yet more specific, songwriting.
    Leather Sleeves
    ^Word. Didn't get into the mechanics or any of the literary/lyrical devices. Didn't really have any direct examples to support the tips you did give except maybe the first one.
    wicked_hobbit
    12. Write down nice sounding phrases as you encounter them in reading, watching TV or in everyday life.
    libertines4ever
    9. rule 7 underlies rule 8 10. draw inspiration from books in terms of - storytelling - usage of words and expressing ideas
    backtothe70s
    Too short and hasty and to me it all seems like something that dosn't even have to be said because everybody knows it...