How To Write A Song For Beginners – Top Songwriting Tips

How to write a song for beginnersToday we’re going to look at how to write a song for beginners in terms of lyrics. If you’ve decided you want to write a song and need help picking the subject and structuring the song properly, this is the guide for you.

Some guides on writing songs are overly complex, and often overload you with information you don’t really need to know. I’ve tried to avoid that in this guide, giving you just the steps you need to get started on writing your song within the next 20 minutes or so.

But anyway, I don’t want to waste time with intros. Let’s get right into this so you can move on to writing your first song. πŸ™‚

P.S. This guide refers to writing lyrics, not writing music. If you find this guide useful, please share it using the social links at the top of this post. Thank you.

How To Write A Song – Picking Your Subject

Without doubt, one of the most important parts of writing a good song is getting down the right subject matter. While the backing track, the flow of your lyrics and more are all important, if you really want your fans to connect with your music, you have to sing or rap about the right things. Depending on your genre of music and how you want people to relate to you, the ‘right thing’ will vary for each individual musician.

So if you’re new to writing lyrics, how will you know which subjects you should be talking about in your songs? Well, there are two ways you can figure this out:

  1. Write About Whatever Is On Your Mind.
    When you’re writing, you want to get a real part of you into your songs. This means you will often have to take what you’re feeling, and display it on a track for all to hear.
    Writing about your personal experiences, good and bad, will really allow the listeners to relate to you. If they can relate and see some of themselves inside you, it’ll make it that much easier to convert these people into long-term fans.
    While you don’t always have to write about total truths or do songs that are talking about you personally, this is a good way to get started and practice lyric creation. It’ll mean there’s no thinking about ‘what to write about next’; you already have the full story in your head so just let it flow out.
  2. Listen To Similar Song Writers And Get Ideas.
    If you’re stuck for inspiration, hit up a TV channel or website that plays your genre of music. Have a look at the other acts on these channels, and see what the themes for their lyrics are. Is there a common theme that continues to come up song after song? If so, there’s a good chance it’s a proven song subject that is currently working at the moment.
    My advice is to write a song with this subject, but try and do it differently from the others. As you become a better song writer you will want to come up with unique ideas of your own, but while you’re still in practicing mode, it may be best to learn the methods that are currently working.

In addition to those two ideas, it’s never a bad idea to brainstorm a few subject as well. So once you’ve practiced writing to the above formed subjects, get as many weird and wonderful song ideas down on paper as you can.

Ask yourself if you’d want to hear a song about each of these subjects, and write to the ones you genuinely would. The ones that make people think, relate to you, laugh or dance are often the best subject ideas to go with.

Writing Your First Song – The Structure

Once you have your subject, the next stage is to write the song.

Song writing tips for musiciansAs I mentioned in my last guide, this can either be done to a backing track, or written without and placed on a backing track at a later date. Either option works fine, but if you’re a beginner songwriter, you may want to start out writing to a backing track. This will allow you to structure your lyrics in a way that fits an instrumental, as without this structure it’ll be hard to match your lyrics to a beat later on.

While the structure of a song can vary, it often looks something like this:

  • Introduction.
    This is optional as you can always leave the instrumental to play as the intro, then go straight into verse one. If you decide to do an introduction, you can either have you talking in it, or singing / adilibing random β€œooo” and β€œyer”s.
  • Verse One.
    The beginning of your song. Here you should introduce people to the song’s subject, and talk about it in as much detail as you require.
  • Chorus One.
    The chorus will hold the main part of your song, and sum up the subject matter in full. To make your song really stay in people’s mind, you may want to make the chorus catchy.
  • Verse Two.
    Here you should continue to build on the song’s subject matter and go into more detail about it.
  • Chorus Two.
    Your first chorus done again.
  • Breakdown.
    Once again this is optional, and can instead be replaced with a third verse if you prefer. A breakdown though is where you change up the style of the song, and build it up so the next chorus sounds explosive when it comes in. You could make it so your lyrics here are slower, quieter, or just change up the way they’re delivered. Making your backing track match this change will also add to the effect.
  • Chorus Three And Four.
    Finish your song with your chorus twice in a row. This firmly backs up the point of your song, and will be something for your listeners to sing along to.

This is a tried and tested song structure, but feel free to change it up as you see fit. There is no set right or wrong way to write a song, so you may want to jiggle things up a bit once you’ve got used to the basic layout.

How To Write A Song For Beginners Conclusion

So there you have it, two more tips on how to write a song. As you may know though, song writing is a very big subject. My guess is that while I’ve now written a few thousand words on how to write a song, you still have some unanswered questions, and want some extra guidance in this process. If this is the case, your best best is to check the following resource on how to write a song for beginners.

It goes into much more details then I possibly could in such a short space of time. So if you’re serious about writing your first song, I suggest you check it out.

18 thoughts on “How To Write A Song For Beginners – Top Songwriting Tips”

  1. I have another tip for finding inspiration for writing songs. I use this all the time when I hit a mental block. I go outside to a place with some noises. These noises then somehow create some type of idea and while walking around, the idea develops into something and from there, I go home and write the song.

    Might work for some, might not but just sharing this because this is my primary way of overcoming writer’s block

  2. Thanks for sharing the tip David, I’m sure it will help some people πŸ™‚

  3. woowww…thxs 4 the lesson…it looked simple n courageous… soon gettin 2 m pen n paper…thxs 2 the management

  4. No problem Klits, glad my words could be of service. Good luck writing your song! πŸ˜‰

  5. I don’t know how to write a song, even though i write, some days come my way i forgot what i write accept i took my book and search back to get the chorus it take me some time and minute or hour.

  6. That’s natural Prince. It takes a while to get into, but the more you practice, the quicker your songwriting skills will become. Keep working at it and you’ll get a lot better.

  7. Thank you about the tips. In my country we speak Portuguese, but Portuguese market i think is limited and so i want to make my songs in English to be more popular. I have a good English level, and sometimes I have good even incredible songs ideas hen I’m watching TV and going to take a shower. I’m lazy a little, so now when I got a big one I record the hook and the style song on my phone and it become more easy to write the lyric. Hugs you have a good blog. I will start to write seriously, thank you very much for your help!

  8. That’s a good idea with recording the ideas as you go along Merito, whatever did we do before smart phones a? πŸ™‚

  9. I am only 11 yrs old nearly 12 and I really want to be a song writer and a singer and this website acc helped me write songs thank you for this website it inspired me thank you!!:)

  10. Glad to hear the site inspired you Rhianna, I hope you go on to be a great song writer! πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks for this info. Just another question… What if i don’t play an instrument and i need to add music to my lyrics? Where can i find a” track”?

  12. Hi, you have a few option. You can search for producers (Beat makers) on SoundCloud and see if any want to work with you / give you a instrumental. Another option is to buy them from places like Neo Sounds. Hope that helps.

  13. This is article is very helpful. I just can’t see the second half. Anyways, you should write more on this topic. C:

  14. Glad you find it helpful Ru. You can see the second half by clicking on one of the social sharing buttons and all will be revealed! I’ll definitely share more about this topic in future. πŸ™‚

  15. Hiya! Here we speak Kiriakian. This is hello-jakin. I really want to learn to write music so i can become a famous singer one day…:D

  16. Jakin, thanks for the brief lesson πŸ˜‰
    Anyone can learn to write music, so follow this guide and keep practising. πŸ™‚

  17. I need help on finding a topic can you help me guys?

  18. Hi Alexander, common topics include love, money, life (The ups and / or downs), something you enjoy, partying, and the like. πŸ™‚

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