How to Become 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. 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.
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.
The end listeners are the main audience of a songwriter on why she or he write the song. Through CD or record or live performance, the end listeners get to hear and buy the song.
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.
A songwriter also writes a song for a performer who is now in hot pursuit of record companies and radio stations who would want to play the performer’s songs.
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. A songwriter, as the owner and seller of the song, must also have the skill in demo selection and in recording a compelling demo.
So to become a songwriter, you must have the skills of a lyric writer, melody writer, chord writer and lead sheet writer. You can also become a solo songwriter if you do all the four skills 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.
Some people have the natural talent to become a great songwriter, and some would need to master the skill in order to become a great songwriter. If you dream to become a great songwriter someday, there is an advice that you study the songs of a great artist, by spending a few hours of your day.
Know that to make a great song, it takes more than writing the lyrics. Mastering all the components in the song writing process is a necessity, and you have to see to it that your song connects people to each other.