Song creation is never an easy task in as much as popular musicians make it seem like it is.
A lot of work goes into various key elements to ensure that a song is made to a certain quality.
Therefore, this post will get into the how’s of the good ways in which you can start a song. People use different methods to do this and therefore not every method will work for you.
In the end, it’s all about having a process and figuring out what can trigger the start of a good record.
Once you have this, you can then have a foundation with which you start your songs to make the process much easier and easily doable.
With that said, let’s get into good ways to start a song.
Create a descriptive theme
A great way to start any song is to pick a theme that you wish to work with. You can decide on the emotion of the song and create a theme around that.
For example, if you choose to work with a calming emotion. You now have something to work with. This now leaves you with creating a theme around that emotion and doing your best to describe that emotion with words.
Words are the key piece to any songs and once you have a theme to work around, you can easily write down some words and start building your song from there.
For example a calming theme could have words like happiness, peace etc. These words can give enough context to build full lyrics.
Using a song as a reference
One of the easiest good ways of starting a song is by using an already existing song as your reference. This can really help you figure out a melody aswell other singing patterns that you can implement in your record.
Before you rush off and conclude that this is stealing or cheating. You should understand that I’m not talking about actually rooting out the words to an actual song.
I’m simply talking about using a track as reference as to how you can proceed with your own record.
Finding a song you’re comfortable with means a lot because it can be the deciding factor that gives you enough information about what you could do with a particular beat, how you can create melodies using different singing patterns etc.
This can work well for rappers too because it can help them figure out what went into the creation of an already made record so they can use that in their own recordings with slight variations.
The key to using a reference track is to get inspiration and gather ideas. After doing so, you can go on to create something completely new.
You don’t have to mimic everything down to the tee. You can use similar drum patterns, implement similar chords etc. There’s a variety of ideas that you could get from other music.
Starting with chords
Another great way to start a song is have some chords laid down and then start to write with the chords playing whilst utilizing a metronome to stay well on time etc.
The only challenge with this is if you don’t have access to a piano or digital work station or simply don’t have the ability to compose chords on your own.
In this case you could easily go to YouTube and find cool chord progressions preferably ones that you’re comfortable with or the ones that blend well with an idea you have.
Once you have your chord progression, you can then go on to write out the lyrics to your song or at-least have enough material to be able to finish the writing process.
Afterward, you can send the chord progression to your producer so they can recreate it or come up with something entirely different so you can finish up your song.
Having a chord progression looped can help you come up with melodies to go with the song which can then easily develop fully into lyrics.
Have a beat and write to it
Another great way to have a song started is by having a beat ready and then writing lyrics to match the instrumental.
This is one of the most effective ways to get a song started fast and have it ready to be recorded.
You can simply go to Beatstars and purchase a beat depending on the particular type of beat you’re looking for.
Once you do that, you can then get started writing your song.
If you’re not comfortable purchasing beats online, you can have a producer make a custom beat for you so you get more involved in the creation process and possibly alter some things that the producer may see fit.
Have writers bounce ideas
Having writers to help you come up with music is heavily frowned on especially in genres like hip-hop where artists are judged by their lyrical abilities.
This should not stop you because music is a creative process and having writers that can help you come up with a good song is a good way to go about things.
Even having one writer can be effective so don’t completely rule it out.
This is why most musicians prefer having sessions with other artists around because it can help them get ideas all around the room that can help them make a great record at the end of the day.
Starting a song is no easy task and there a variety of techniques you can use to make this process easier and faster. These techniques could be; starting with chords laid down so you can write to them, having a reference track to bounce ideas off, writing to an already made instrumental as well as having a writer help you come up with the lyrics to your song.
Everyone’s process will differ and it will be up to you to pick a technique that will work best for you.