How to Become a Great Songwriter
Music is undeniably an art that everybody loves, and it takes great people to compose and render it so we can appreciate it. The person or artist who can do the job in writing a song is called the songwriter. Writing the song therefore is the key job of a songwriter, not necessarily to perform it, nor record it, nor selling the song.
If you want to become a songwriter, you should have the skill in picking the right notes, the right chords to go with the right words, and complete it by writing them into a song.
Songwriters write songs for the purpose of having people listen to it. Through CD or record or live performance, the end listeners get to hear and buy the song.
Next entity that a songwriter would write for is the record company, who has the facility to turn his or her song into a product like record or CD, and deliver it to the retail or radio stores for end users to buy.
Next, a songwriter writes songs for radio programmers, whose daily job is to guide their listeners on what they should listen.
A songwriter also writes a song for a performer who is now in hot pursuit of record companies and radio stations who would want to play the performer’s songs.
There are many skills that a songwriter must have in order to write a song. A songwriter must know how to compose the lyrics, develop the melody, write the chords, and writing the song into a lead sheet. As the owner of the song and seller of the song, a songwriter must know also how to select the song for a demo and how to record the demo into a compelling one.
In other words, as a songwriter, you are also a lyric writer, a melody writer, a chord writer and a lead sheet writer. You can also become a solo songwriter if you do all the four skills mentioned. Some songwriters would go on a partnership with another artist who can do the lyric or music role depending on the song.
Considered as a key skill of a songwriter is to be able to write a song that tells a story rather than putting in words or rhymes together.
Some people have the natural talent to become a great songwriter, and some would need to master the skill in order to become a great songwriter. If you dream to become a great songwriter someday, there is an advice that you study the songs of a great artist, by spending a few hours of your day.
In order to make a great song, it takes more than writing the lyrics. You need to master all parts of the song writing process and make sure that the song can connect people with each other.