How to Write a Song: 3 Easy Steps to Creating a Hit

Ah, songwriting. Whether you're Taylor Swift bashing yet another ex-boyfriend or you're Frank Zappa explaining what groupies are looking for in musicians, people write songs for wildly different reasons. Maybe you want to protest some kind of political wrongdoing, human suffering, or evil in the world. Or maybe you just want to get laid. That's what John Mayer does. There is also a plethora of various ways to achieve that final product. I've been writing songs for over 10 years so I'm pretty much a master at it. Here's a simple 3 step process for writing your very own song.

 

1. Create A Cool Riff

Start your song off with a badass riff. It worked for these guys. You gonna argue with AC/DC? They've been writing the same badass song for 50 years. Just pick up your guitar, piano, or accordian and write a riff that would melt Keith Richards' old ass face off. How do you do that? Very carefully. This song kicks total ass too. Ass.

2. Come Up With a Great Title

Bohemian Rhapsody? No idea what that means, but it sounds awesome. Welcome to the Jungle? Totally kickass. Total Eclipse of the Heart? A true classic. A great song title tells you what to expect from the song and invites you to listen. Who wouldn't want to listen to a song called Broken Heart Are For Assholes? On the flip side, you could just be a total idiot and name songs after random nouns like me. Don't be like me, kids. Do as I say, not as I do.

3. Write the Rest of the Song

It's just that easy. Write the bass line, drum part, melody line, harmony vocals, piano part, 1st verse, chorus, bridge, guitar solo, tambourine part, 2nd verse, saxophone solo (if it's the 80s), intro, outro, oohs, ahhs, 2nd bridge, last chorus, organ part, string section, and theremin part. If I can do it, so can you. I believe in you.

 

 

 

 

 

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