The Muse's Muse  
Muses MailMuses Newsmuse chatsongwriting resource home
Regular Columnists


10 Steps to a Great Song
By Dan Rivers - 06/29/2011 - 01:12 PM EDT

There are a lot of songwriting ideas out there but let’s look at these ideas from how we write a song—from top to bottom.

1. Title –Make it interesting –and short

2. Intro or signature lick - Keep intro under 12 seconds - See “My Girl” for a definition of a signature lick

3. 1st line –Intrigue the listener – 1st ace Example : "the second thing she told me before she walked away"

4. Show don’t tell -Use details (describe some specific- very specific details about the setting- See John Steinbeck)

5. Last line first verse – leads into chorus - 2nd ace

6. Chorus – memorable --- short phrases  that repeat melodically

7. Hook –memorable--- lyrically and musically (See your Title)

8. 2nd verse - New information-- What else happened, opening line 3rd ace

9. Last line 4th ace Lead back to chorus

10. Bridge –try a fresh chord or–non diatonic chord –lyrics should lead back to chorus with a more powerful meaning (see my article on Building Bridges)

The Best


[ Current Articles | Archives ]

Help For Newcomers
Help for Newcomers
Interactivities
Interactivities
Helpful Resources
Helpful Resources
Regular Columnists
Columnists
Music Reviews
Spotlights
Spotlights
Services
Services Offered
About the  Muse's Muse
About Muse's Muse
Subscribe to The Muse's News, free monthly newsletter for songwriters
with exclusive articles, copyright & publishing advice, music, website & book reviews, contest & market information, a chance to win prizes & more!

Join today!



Created & Maintained
by Jodi Krangle


Design:


© 1995 - 2016, The Muse's Muse Songwriting Resource. All rights reserved.

Read The Muse's Muse Privacy Statement