The following blog was guest written by Alex Frank, who has worked in the sound technology industry for over 10 years.
Songwriting is a process that takes a lot of dedication, commitment, and joy. The act of songwriting is very personal, unless you are in a band or duo that co-writes the songs. Sometimes inspiration strikes when you’re playing your instrument, and sometimes it happens when you’re just going about your day.
For the guitarist, writing a song can be more demanding than performing a song on stage in front of an audience.
Do you play the guitar, and are you looking for tips for writing songs? We’ve checked out five trusted tips for writing songs on guitar that we think will help you in your process.
The Parts of a Song
Songs can be broken down into various parts. We’ll discuss them in this article in order to guide a beginner through writing their first songs.
Intros open your song and set the listener up for what is to come. It usually comes at the beginning of your song. The intro you use might cut across your whole song.
The verse tends to be where most of the narration or storytelling happens in your song. Most songs have multiple verses. They can be short or long depending on your own inspiration, and you can even manipulate an early verse to form another verse later in the song.
This section fills the gap between your chorus and the return of the verse by creating a contrast. Some songs have them and some leave them out.
The chorus usually comes first in people’s hearts when they think of a song. It is the main part of the song, is repeated throughout, and is often very catchy and memorable. As a songwriter, you use your chorus to captivate your listeners. It is what sticks in people’s minds.
The outro is the exit music for your song. It might be a piece of your chorus or just some instrumentation.
Five Tips For Writing Songs on Guitar
Get to Know Your Notes
It may sound obvious, but learning the notes on your guitar and how to play them instead of simply strumming can help you turn your song into something magical. Knowing your notes will help you be more inventive, which will help you compose songs easily and naturally on your guitar.
Create Your Rhythm
Another tip you need for writing a song on your guitar is to create (and mostly stick with) a rhythmic pattern. Your rhythm and strumming pattern will differentiate your song from other ones out there. You can get inspiration for your strumming pattern from many places, anything from rhythms notated in books to ones from other songs you’ve been listening to.
Use your plectrum, or pick, to imitate fingerpicking. Imitating fingerpicking with your plectrum isn’t the best option for everyone, because you do lose a little of the agility and warmth of your normal fingerstyle, but it can still be a very useful tool. To implement this strategy, start with a chord progression you strum from time to time. Pick one of the chords and select three sequential strings from the bass note; from your bottom string, up-pick the three notes in ascending order.
Unless you’re an expert, playing without picks sometimes makes you feel less in charge of your guitar. However, taking up the challenge of playing without your pick will help when writing a song on your guitar. Fingerpicking offers quite a wide range of unique tonal colors by allowing for more intricate patterns. It might result in the creation of new, engaging, and soul-filled songs.
Search For Chords
Be on the hunt for new chords. These chords might sound strange at first, and may also cause you to have to work out new stretches and shapes that temporarily make practice more challenging. This shouldn’t deter you from practicing them over and over again though. By putting in the time and effort, you’ll open up many more options for creativity.
Writing a song on guitar is a demanding, time-consuming task that requires a great deal of dedication and commitment. I hope you find the tips in this article helpful. If you did, pick up your guitar now (yes now!) and begin to write songs.
I’m Alex Frank who has worked in the sound technology industry for 10 years now. Today, I am an affiliate blogger who likes to educate my audience about sound technology. Visit musicinstrumentscenter.com to find all the information about music that you need.