Pulling It From Your Head - Songwriting

How to think of things to write a song with.

Pulling It From Your Head - Songwriting
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Okay, asides from being able to play guitar very well, songwriting is important to anyone that loves their sound and needs a foundation.

1) First, what kind of music do you play?

If its jazz, you'd want to go for purposely whacky grammar. But if your a heavy metal kinda person, try things that describe either a defining life trauma or a gravedigger that robbed the wrong cemetery. Certain topics appeal to different styles. If you wanna sing hardcore death metal with jazz music be my guest. All I'm saying is pick your spots.

2) Then, it's about what you feel and when.

Pour your heart onto the paper. Listen to what kind of music appeals to what your trying to write. You may conjure up some inspiration. All it takes is a little elbow grease (metaphorically speaking. Don't go to a store in the grease section for elbow grease applicants... jk)

Carry a notebook and pen with you everywhere. You never know when that groundbreaking idea will strike your mind. Even if your notebook and pen is a sharpie and your pants. (Hopefully not a good pair. Gotta do wat ya gotta do I guess.)

3) Writing and rewriting is a must...

Masterpieces aren't written in five minutes. You would end up with a mess most likely. Take your time with it! Perfect its every little bit of machinery until your fingers bleed (or 'til you have something you are proud of.

Everyone knows it takes time to do things. If you want it great, work at it.

4) Add the music!

Of course you don't want to sing the song to silence. Add your music as you go along. Keep everything in line. Even add your solo eventually. Every piece has its hook!

Hope you can take some info from this. Maybe inspiration! Just keep these four things in the back of your mind and you'll have all you need to write that top hit or private jam session song for the garage band. Thank you for reading! Keep shredding!

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    Audible Warfare
    I'm not too sure if I agree with the first part. Your lyrics and their meaning should not be limited because of the genre you are in. Sure, Dimmu Borgir writing a song about fluffy bunnies would be weird as hell, but music is art, and art is a means of personal expression. Write what you feel!
    Nero Galon
    I agree. #1 is kinda saying you should try and stick to a genres common lyrical conventions while there is nothing bad about doing so, writing outside of the stereotypes and cliches of the genre can also be really refreshing.
    guitar/bass95
    Nice, compact lesson with working tips. Nothing spectacular but at least it inspired me to write lyrics all of a sudden
    Jimjambanx
    Not bad but a bit too simplistic and short. All of this has been said before and more in depth in plenty of other articles and most people know this by now. Also I have to disagree with the first point almost entirely, you should never write your lyrics under the pretense of fitting in the style of music.
    Simplegirl<3fts
    All im offering here is my point of view. Take from it what you want. Its what i was taught. I do agree that u shouldnt be limited. I never said anything about limiting your choices
    AlmostRookie
    I think you have to write what you feel strongly about at the time, then edit (and repeat). Most of the time, we don't think about what we want to say, until we have a break from life's twists and turns, and can relax and let the words flow. Just saying!