What I Can Teach You About Music
What It Takes to Be a Great Songwriter
Music is a universal language that everybody loves and appreciate, and it takes great artists to write and sing meaningful songs. The individual whose job is to write songs is called the songwriter. Take note that the main job of a songwriter is writing the song, not necessarily singing it, nor promoting or selling it.
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.
As a songwriter, you write a song for people who will listen to your composition. End listeners would get to hear and buy the song through means of a record, CD, or live performance of the song.
A record company is the one which a song writer would write for in order to turn his or her song in to an item like a record or CD, before delivering it to radio or retails for the consumers.
Another entity that a songwriter writes songs for are radio programmers who has the power to lead their listeners on what to listen.
A performer is one reason why a songwriter write a song, because this performer is what the record company would like to have, and of which radio station would want to play his or her song.
In a writing a song, a songwriter must have various qualities in order to write a song. The different steps that a songwriter must go through before a song is written are writing the lyrics, writing the melody, writing the chords and writing the song into a lead sheet. Being the owner of the song and seller of the song, a songwriter must have the knowledge on how to choose a song for a demo, and record the demo in a compelling way.
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 actually be a solo songwriter who writes and do the four things mentioned. There are songwriters too who would partner another artist and have this artist compose the lyric or music role depending on their songs.
The main skill of a songwriter is not throwing words or rhymes together but to be able to tell a story through his or her song.
There are people who are naturally gifted to become a great songwriter, while others have to master the skill before becoming a great songwriter. So if you are set to become a great songwriter, one gave an advice of you setting a few hours every day to study one of the greatest songs of a popular and successful artist.
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.
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