Become a Songwriter: Ultimate Guide to Launch Your Songwriting Career
“…Catches Songwriting Fever Already? Are You Lost of the How and Where to Get Started?”
The first step to becoming a successful songwriter is to have the passion for it. In a real life, many beginner songwriter had failed to actually gone through the hard core of learning the guide to be who they are today. Over 70 per cent of beginners are being blown off the track simply due to poor knowledge. Within the content, you’ll soon uncover the basic requirement and best practice approaches for you to be an excellent songwriter with difference.
The ultimate process to get started either as a songwriter, a singer-songwriter or lyricist begins with self-analysis – your music status and knowing where improvement would be necessary. There are differences between a songwriter and a lyricist and a singer that song-write.
If you do only write lyric, maybe in form of poet or verse, you can be best describe as a lyricist and not a songwriter. A song is the finished piece with tune (usually the melody) and the words (known as lyrics). Therefore, a songwriter is someone who come up with tune (/melody) and lyrics. With this guide in your hand, you can be rest assured of getting started on any form writing fast. learn
Want to become a Songwriter but Have Terrible Singing Voice?
If you have no singing skill already, but you have what is most important to every life success – the passion or craze.
Then you’ve actually gotten fifty per cent off the course. I have some little tweaks for you to use:
* As a beginner songwriter, make it a point of duty to write at least five lines (sentences) of lyrics daily
* Equip yourself with basic writing apps or programs for writing songs (e.g. rhyming dictionary)
* Learn a musical instrument (optional but it’s great if you do)
* Choose a genre that inspire you the most or the one you ever dream of being a big time rush with
* Master your word craftiness. The best way to do this is to get a comprehensive list of common
day-to-day words. Practice using some intentionally over one another… you could craft some great
title, highly emotional phrase or wonderful hook that lasted for decades.
* Go for a professional voice lesson
Being ahead of other songwriter in the industry is to be informed. You can just imagine after you’ve finished reading the ultimate guide to become a songwriter and next morning you got phone call, while still on your sleeping bed, from a record label that got your song by accident, requesting your presence for a big deal worth million-dollar contract. Think! Would you want to know more secret about crafting a great lyric, a seasoned melody or a ‘legendary’ phrase?
You can actually keep your progress in check and rapid up your successes as a songwriter. With the advancement in technology, you can easily build and monitor how you’re doing in the industry such as how well you’re building your fan base, exciting your audience, and putting them in a state of loving you more.
The Measure of Becoming Successful Songwriter
Popularity is important to songwriter because our success lies in numbers. i.e. number of satisfied listener, number of good recorded tracks, number of hit tracks etc. keeping all of this in check is big time a good approach to adapt.
Every successful songwriter that genuinely understood the industry knows the important of keeping a free, socially inclined spirit. You need to actually keep an open mind to every one… at least if you’re starting, this is the best way to approach the fresh industry of today because you’re new, you need to build large list of audience and you need to be relevant and lively to them 24-7.
Your primary assignment is writing great craft and you should do this as often as possible. Write every day!
However, if you’re not sure of how to write songs lyrics, here are the common methods used by past successful songwriters:
1. Brainstorm list of themes to write about
2. Understand emotional value you want with your lyrics or songs
3. Learn as many songs as possible – the tune, melody, hooks and bridges of songs that you love and become a copycat
4. Write often, either good, acceptable or even worse songs ever written. Aim to be a prolific singer –
5. Enroll in music school, seminar, lectures or video
6. Tap inspirations from birds. His or her rhythm could be something no one has ever used before.
7. Keep an open mindedness because this reduces writer’s blocks
8. Engage in existing songwriter’s group or you constitute one if none exist in your area
9. Write and lets us criticize it!
10. Follow blogs, books or authors on becoming songwriter
Your Fortune as Songwriter - Start Here
Making fortune as songwriter could be as easy and as difficult, depending on your approach. There is ‘old co’ and there are ‘new co’ systems. The old co could cost you lifetime to reach if you’re not actually born with diamond spoon in your mouth. Nevertheless, thanks to the new co (the internet); you can easily be the person of greater fortune all by yourself without ‘buying’ an expensive marketer or begging for a record label. You can actually produce and market your songs from zero dollars to thousands.
In addition, there is lot of opportunity all around us today. Think of songwriter’s contest. Though, you may not totally accept this as golden opportunity to turbo shoot your songwriting career, but I can tell you it is. Actively involved in songwriting contest will seriously aid your mental strength. Hope you’ve not forgot the opportunity of submitting your songs on sites (iTunes and Spotify)
Starting a Great Career as Songwriter
You can start your great career in songwriting by first writing songs for others in the industry. Many singer and songwriters that you see today actually begin their career through this means.
Taking your skill beyond reach is to be a prolific songwriter, be a great word craftsman, and knowledgeable about melody that got people ‘sobbing’ reflex. It will do you a great reward if you could manage to learn one musical instrument. Any instrument that you choose is great, but I’ll recommend piano because it gives more flexibility to generate new tunes.
Of course, making money even as beginner songwriter could turn to be source of motivation – and even inspiration. You can make your skill available on most job site either as demo or finished songs for sale by submitting your created songs to the suggested sites mentioned above.
When writing this article, I’d studied over 100 hundred songs (hit) by different singer-songwriter. They all have some things I found out to be common to all of them.
a. A Catchy and Sexy Title
b. Great hook somewhere at the beginning verse
c. Cool melody with matched chords progression
d. Unique, or comedic voice twist
Most of the song conveyed a constant personality – i.e. they take into account, the audience personality. Although, it’s argued that songwriting have little or nothing to do with audience personality. You should also be the judge for that by answering this question – Do you like every song by the same artist? Do you like every music or songwriters that you listen to? Do you listen to songs that got you silk? But if your answer is all NO, then we’re in the same mindset.
However, your starting point towards a successful career as songwriter is to start with a Genre. Make your choice carefully. The genre to choose should be the one that you love.
The ONE Factor - Words
I cannot stress the importance of word selections enough. The best system that lasted in audience emotional self is the carefully selected words in your lyrics. Melody is for short term, but the word is what makes your song relevant in the nearest feature and possibly expose you to greater songwriter’s awards.
No doubt, there are genre with a far more potentials for success, although depending on what your goals are – money, fame or fun. Every genre is good, more so, over 70% of people are already exposed to whatsoever genre you found yourself, though that does not mean they (audience) do love it. Other than your goals, it’s possible that you’re limited by your music background most especially in selecting a genre. For example, you can’t venture into classical songwriting if you don’t already learn to write music in score sheet. Of course, this kind of music required a higher knowledge of songwriting before you could be a classical songwriter. Anything is doable! You can become anybody if and only if you took the pain and necessary measure to be.
Taking quick look at the statistics of the common genre relevancy and audience demands. The following genre had proven to be high downloaded tracks from iTunes portal with classical as the list. Pop, Blues, Country, Rap, and Classical (as the least download tracks)
I can’t say really, that some artist had become famous songwriter because of their genre or the kind of music they sing. Of course, it’s possible that the two is true.
Here’s the list of popular songwriter to learn their style and genre. All of these artist had done a great work in the music industry as well with the chosen genre.
• Bob Dylan, Bonnie Baker, Brett James, Chris Austin, Curtis Richardson, Danny Darrell, Dave Berg, David Lee, Jack Lawrence, Jason Mathews, Jim McCormick, Jim Morris, Jimmy Kennedy, John McLaughlin, Johnny Mercer, Jumbo, Justin Hayward, Kyle Jacobs, Lisa Carver, Mark James, Mary Brown, Ne-yo, and Philip White.
The whole process to be a published songwriter start with a plan and on top of the plan is your goal. I’m assuming you’re new to the industry and that you’re still fresh. However, your first move now is to get ready, aim before you fire.
Getting ready is to come up with some list of routine(new) like most songwriter do – learn writing one dose of song/lyrics per day, every night. Your plans can also involve changing your dressing mode to mimic a mentor. This is to prepare you mentally for success, and don’t mix it the core – seating down to craft, craft and craft words and tunes.
You’ll only need 3-things to get popular and become successful songwriter:
I. Fan base
II. People like your songs
III. You have an appeal
Building a loyal fan base could not be easily done without skillful marketer at about 20 – 30 years ago. In this era, right from your toilet, you could easily build millions of followers using social media like MySpace, YouTube, Twitter and the rest. Perhaps, making people to like your song should be left on how far you nurture your song writing skills. As far I know, the best way to learn this fast is to take a sample hit songs, dissect them to see clearly the common elements that the songwriter hooked up, and you try them on your music too.
Don’t forget that man doesn’t live by hearing alone, but also by seeing. You should always look attractive. It will greatly turbo shot your success. If you don’t already have, create an appeal for yourself. Creating an appeal could be in –style, beat selected words, dressing, or video documents
We’ve actually gone far enough to get you started successfully in the industry
Here’s the recap:
1. Find a collaborator – pair up with a singer, or songwriter to and work as a team
2. Take some vocal lessons as necessary
3. Continue; don’t stop to write your song, even if it’s rough. Aim at developing strong songwriting skill
4. You can go for both writing and singing to see which one pick first
5. Be strategic – follow industry news and always learn from it
6. Master some self-promotion resource like social media for marketing, have personal or band website.
7. Invest some cash into PC software (Fruity loops, Sonar, Cakewalk etc.), and microphone
8. Perfect your craft daily
By now, you are more informed of a simple to basic ways songwriter used to start her songwriting career. The core of the task is to improve your craftiness, and you do it daily. Try the suggested self-promotion system by engaging in brand marketing through social media. Locate and maximize every available opportunity. However, to become a songwriter, set your career goals and take one-step (least) daily towards achieving it.