Song-Writing: A How To (With Tips)

For Aspiring Musicians

There are so many existing songs on Earth, it’s understandable that anyone can think it’s easy to create one. In reality, it’s definitely not – creating a single song takes lots and lots of effort. It may be easier for some people, but for others, it’s frustrating and time-consuming. Luckily, there are some simple steps and tips that cover the basic outline of making a song, and they can also be easily explained.


1. Create a basic chorus.

The vast majority of existing music has a chorus. Including this in your composition will make it easier for you to build on it. If you play an instrument, try playing around and creating different tunes on it – this will help you choose a tune for your chorus. Once you choose your chorus, you can slowly edit it based on the way you write your music.

2. Leave the title for last.

This is an important tip, as it’s easy to get caught up in choosing a name. If you do this after you finish creating your music, you can choose a title that suits your piece best.

3.  Learn music theory.

If you already play an instrument, then you should have this one down. However, if you don’t, it’s important to learn music theory in order to write a proper song! This isn’t completely necessary, however, I would recommend it. Knowing your theory while writing a song assures that you can identify music by ear, and create your own chords without relying on already existing music.

4. Try to start writing your song when there’s a melody in your head.

What I mean by melody, is any tune that is stuck in your head at the moment. If you already have a melody, this is a great way to start out, since you have some sounds that could possibly become a song. If it’s a melody from an existing song, you can attune it to be more original by changing some notes.

5. Start with the music, then focus on the lyrics.

Lyrics should be the last important thing when writing music. If you finish creating the melody and the tune first, you can build up the lyrics based on them (which is much easier to do).

6. Experiment with electronic music.

Electronic music can be any digital music, produced by online instruments or anything of the sort. If you don’t have access to actual instruments, or if you just want to, you could use online apps such as Band Lab or GarageBand to create music. You could also use apps to record your voice for your song.

7. Try not to spend too much money on equipment.

Unless you plan to become a well-known singer (or if you have the means), I suggest trying to use what you have to make music. Songwriting equipment can get very expensive, and it’s also unnecessary at times. If you like, you can get a mic for better audio quality, which tends to be more useful if you record at home. There are ways to edit the end product online, though.

8. Choose a theme for your songs.

This is vital for the overall look of your product. Each song has a theme, whether it’s romantic, or sad, or any other generic adjective. You can also go for something out of the blue, which will obviously be your choice. If your song has a theme, then it will make more sense to its intended audience (or anyone in general), and the purpose of the song will be clear.

9.  Write your music based on experience.

This is the easiest way to come up with lyrics! You can choose an experience that means something to you or is vivid to you, and write a song about it.

10. Take inspiration.

Every music artist has taken inspiration from another at any point in time. Don’t be afraid to do the same! If you do, make sure you don’t end up plagiarizing, and be constantly self-aware. Some ways that you can use the inspiration is by writing in a style that’s similar to your inspirations’, or using a similar tune – make sure it isn’t too similar though.

Song Writing Steps

1. Compose the instrumental.

Start with composing the background music of your song. It’s helpful to focus on keeping the rhythm even throughout the song, keeping the scale consistent, and trying to match the sound to your intended sound/genre. You can use anything to create this: from digital to physical instruments. If this is your first time using digital instruments, feel free to search up a tutorial – or you can go with the flow. Also, make sure to leave room for any choruses or solo lines, if you included them (which is recommended).

2. Add drums/a steady beat.

This helps make the rhythm of the song more clear and keeps it together.

3. Add a tune to your lyrics.

Make sure to keep the instrumental music in mind when doing this, and make the lyrics in tune with it.

4. Add the lyrics to the song.

Record your voice and add it to the song. If you weren’t using devices for the previous steps, just write down your lyrics or record the tune so you remember it.

5. Video yourself performing the final song (For Non-Device Songwriters)

If you need to, you can practice it first, and then video it so you can remember it. This is optional!!!

5. Edit the final song (For Device Songwriters)

If you were using a device, you’ll want to edit the final song so it sounds more professional (if you recorded anything).


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