Writing songs can be easy, but writing songs on the guitar isn’t always a walk in the park. We asked a few professional songwriters to give up the best tips on writing songs on the guitar.
Tip #1: Start in Silence
Writers are known to observe as they watch, absorb their surroundings in silence. During the creative reflection, the results often lead to inspiring a song. Allow yourself the time to find a special energy that fits in your life – a day, the time during the week, and a location where you can sit in silence and listen to the music around you. Find a spot where you have no disturbances, noise, yelling, children running around or chores that need to be done.
Tip #2: Write it down immediately and record it
Did you just come up with a great hook? Aim to write down whatever is in your head to recall the chords and retain the lines you can get a grasp of the sounds. Songwriters are known to bring a notebook with them everywhere they go. Write down your ideas and record them to see how they look. Don’t just want until the last moment to try to remember. Even the best ideas tend to be forgotten.
Tip #3: Write about what matters to you
Avoid the trends and clichés going around in the music world. Keep the originality you have by coming up with creative connections with your everyday life, places, alliterations and things that have happened to you. Just remember that as an artist, life is precious enough to take inspiration from. Use your own experiences, connections, words and views to create your music.
Tip #4: Learn Guitar Tricks
When searching for tabs, chords, and song ideas, always be on the lookout for live performances of guitar players you admire. Watch how their hands work, the pattern of their strum and how they move with the tune. Use that info to create your own style in writing and performing with these tricks.
One of the most terrifying yet exciting moments in an artist’s life is presenting their music to an audience. Whether they are friends, musicians or an entire crowd, you’ll ask their opinion about your song and hope for the best but expect the worst. Just remember that you can’t please everybody with your music.