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Mar 16

Learning The “Secrets” of Music

What It Takes to Be a Great Songwriter

Music is undeniably an art that everybody loves, and it takes great people to compose and render it so we can appreciate it. The person or artist who can do the job in writing a song is called the songwriter. Therefore, to emphasize, it is the main job of a songwriter to write the song, not necessarily to perform the song, nor record or promote or sell it.

You can become a songwriter if you have the skill in picking the right notes, getting the right chords to go with the right words, giving it the right title, and finally writing them into a song.

As a songwriter, you write a song for people who will listen to your composition. These end listeners are the people who will buy the song through the record or CD or live performance.

Next entity that a songwriter would write for is the record company, who has the facility to turn his or her song into a product like record or CD, and deliver it to the retail or radio stores for end users to buy.

Next, a songwriter writes songs for radio programmers, whose daily job is to guide their listeners on what they should listen.

Another entity that a songwriter would write a song for is the performer, who could be the popular artist that a record company sought after and radio stations 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. A songwriter must have these skills in order to finalize a song, and this is from writing the lyrics, to writing the chords, and writing the song into a lead sheet. A songwriter, as the owner and seller of the song, must also have the skill in demo selection and in recording a compelling demo.

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 also become a solo songwriter if you do all the four skills mentioned. Some songwriters would go on a partnership with another artist who can do the lyric or music role depending on the song.

Considered as a key skill of a songwriter is to be able to write a song that tells a story rather than putting in words or rhymes together.

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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