Songwriting Tips Project – An UpdateBy Don • Category: Inspiration, Site News, Songwriting Resources, Songwriting Tips
The Group Songwriting Tips Project has been a fun project over the last couple of months. We have 50+ tips in the archives right now. You can view the songwriting tips by category, as well as just click through all the songwriting tips one at a time.
Got a songwriting tip of your own? If so, submit it using our Songwriting Tips form. As a thank you, we will link liberally to an of your own projects, CDs, websites you specify. Check out this guy’s songwriting tip as an example.
Here’s a couple of my favorites over the past month
The best tip I ever got was from an incredibly clever lecturer from my university. He advised me that the most ‘successful’ music tends to be 90% familiarity, 10% originality.
This helped me to stop worrying about trying to be revolutionary with every rhyme, rhythm and chord change (which, by all accounts, seems to be impossible these days in the wake of so much progress).
I got back to a songwriting style that was more about expressing an idea I believed in, or an emotion I needed to offload, and let the originality come from the fact that it was me saying it. (Ego-alert!). (Link)
I usually pick up an instrument and start jamming a little, finding a little chord progression I like, and at the same time I’ll just be mumbling words or phrases of whatever I’m thinking about at the time. If I feel like I have a particularly cool progression I’ll turn on my little hand-held cassette recorder (Radioshack) to get the original idea and/or melody and/or cool lines on tape. My memory is horrible and I have a lot of ideas, so recording them helps me focus the original inspiration AND just plain remember it a day later. How many times have I played something that I thought was really good only to forget it the next day? Too many. That’s why I got the tape recorder. Cell phones also come in handy if you have a good idea.
Just call yourself and leave the idea. (Link)