Knowing how songs are structured can help you with learning songs and with communicating with other musicians. Here’s a brief run down of the basic parts of songs.
Songwriting Tips and Lessons for Beginners
Guitar playing songwriters like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and George Harrison can make writing a good song seem like an impossible dream for beginners. The lessons on these pages collect all the tips and advice we've given about writing songs. You can learn about song structure, popular chord progressions, and matters of lyrical importance.
To keep in practice, check out our Sunday Songwriter's Group on the forums. And remember, you're in good hands - our site's lead editor co-wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Art of Songwriting.
The melody of a song is what we carry around in our heads. Along with harmony and rhythm, melody is one of the three essential elements of any song.
Let’s offer a warm “welcome back” to Nick, who brings us a look at the interlocking relationship of three important creative aspects of musicianship – improvising, composing and transcribing – and how you can use them to move up from being someone who just dabbles with the guitar to a serious musician.
Writing songs may not be something that can be taught, but it is something that you can learn. This page features some of the advice we’ve given songwriters over the years.
For many guitarists, playing and songwriting go hand in hand. Since both skills improve with practice, why not try practicing on both simultaneously?
To answer your question, if you are twenty-six you have plenty of opportunity to make it. Then again you will always have opportunity to make it. However, you will need to better define “make it”. There are many questions you need to ask yourself. Do you just want to play as your sole means of financial security? Would you consider [...]
Guitar Noise is pleased to introduce you to Dave Sanderson, songwriter, musician and jingle writer for the BBC. Dave is kind enough to share some of his experience and insight with us on the subject of writing a successful jingle for radio promotions.
If you go to any major art museum, chances are likely you’ll see a student or two dutifully attempting to copy an old master. This is one way that people learn to become great artists themselves. And since songwriting is an art, why can’t this idea apply to songwriters as well? A-J shows us that it certainly can be a way to improve your own writing or to at least help you get out of a rut.
The song Picking A Flower was the January winner in the International Songwriting Contest Song of the Year in the category jazz/world/instrumental. Guitarist (and Guitar Noise contributor) Gilbert Isbin tells us of the steps he took in writing the music for this award-winning song. At the end of the article, Gilbert is kind enough to give us more links and information on the song and the contest itself, including reviews from listeners.
Sometimes you write down something that sounds good and later (often much later) you figure out why. Here’s an interesting look at this from A-J, concerning one of his songs, Jasmine Scents.