Want to get better at writing songs? Check out these 5 essential songwriting rules.
1. Don’t Be a Perfectionist
Write a a lot of songs and churn them out. Avoid been a perfectionist, the motive is to improve over time, not to sit down and craft the perfect pop song on your first attempt.
By giving yourself the freedom to experiment without pressure you will develop the creative part of your brain instead of the over analytical part.
2. Get Feedback As Often As Possible
Be fearless when writing songs, it’s OK if you write a crap song. What is not OK is to try and convince everyone that it’s a great song! Try as much as getting feedback and allow people to be honest, that way you will start to learn what really works.
3. Work With Others
Please try and work wit others even if you don’t like it, two heads are better than one.
Working with others motivates you moving away from your comfort zone and it helps you produces better songs. The process of getting input from more people during the writing process is healthy and makes it unlikely that you’ll write a real stinker!
4. Learn to Unlearn
Naturally, we analyse what works and what doesn’t when learning to write songs. We absorb new chord structures and develop an obsession for doing things the ‘correct’ way. This is great as far as improving song writing goes, but somewhere along the way you may lose the ability to invent something new. Don’t be afraid to break the rules. If it sounds good to you then do it!
5. The Disadvantage of Talent
Michael Jordan is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. How did he get so good? He became the greatest because he failed more times than the next basketball player, not because he was the most talented.
Raw talent can take someone 10% of the way to success, but hard work and determination sums up the rest!
The problem with naturally talented people is that they never learn failure and find it harder to accept defeat. People who are average (but with a desire to win) are in many ways better equipped to stay the course and succeed long term.