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There’s always the temptation to jump right in and begin with the first thing that occurs to you. You know you want to write a song – melody, words, and chords – but you may only have a vague idea or a feeling about what you want to express. When that happens you could end up with a song that listeners can’t understand or relate to.
So what DOES come first – lyrics, melody, or chords? My answer is… none of the above! There are a lot of ways to start a song and you could start with one of those, but I’m going to suggest that you start with THE TITLE.
The title is going to be the line that everyone remembers. More important, it’s going to define the message of the song. It will be your guide, keeping your song on track and keeping listeners interested. Think of your title as the peak of a pyramid. The rest of the song is made up of the building blocks that support it.
Short phrases make good titles because they grab attention and they’re easy to remember. The ideal length for a title is one to five words.
Start your song with a title that appeals to you. Make sure it’s a phrase that rings true in your ears. Something that makes you say, “I’ve got to know more about that!” Because if YOU want to know, others will want to know.begin to turn your title into a great lyric by simply asking a few questions – the questions suggested by your title. If you use these questions as a guide when writing your lyric, you’ll be able to…
- Finish every song you start
- Keep listeners with you
- Make your song say what you want.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I'm always happy to answer your questions.
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