Does your song have substance or is it just another tune with a redundant message?
Like most of us in the world of music, I’m sure you have an idea of what sounds good to you but you must also ask yourself: what sounds good to your audience?
Is there something in our society that needs to be said through your lyrics and can you produce the sound to carry the message?
These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself when writing a new song. Don’t think what you write is insignificant when it has a story behind the lyrics or the music. Something you say may affect your audience.
The first step is writing the lyrics and determining the melody and chord progression that fits. Take your time and remain calm through this process or you will stress your way out of creativity.
When you are finished making your edits to the song, take the time to chart out the song for your studio session. This consists of knowing the Nashville number system and all the shapes for change, pause, tempo, etc… Check out this tutorial on charting the Nashville Number System.
Take into consideration that everyone’s creative process is different, but everyone must find some common ground during the production process.
Don’t get me wrong, the best way to learn is by doing. Please don’t spend all your time planning and not playing. The whole purpose of this information is to equip you to play and make a record reflecting your creativity.
Feel free to leave comments, advice, or questions.