What It Takes to Be a Great Songwriter
We all love the art of music, and before you get to appreciate it, somebody has to write and sing it. The individual whose job is to write songs is called the songwriter. Writing the song therefore is the key job of a songwriter, not necessarily to perform it, nor record it, nor selling the song.
A songwriter has the skill in writing a song, and this means from picking the right notes, to getting the right chords to go with the right words, and giving the right title.
The end listeners are the main audience of a songwriter on why she or he write the song. End listeners would get to hear and buy the song through means of a record, CD, or live performance of the song.
If you are songwriter, you write a song for the record company who will turn your song into a product like a record or CD, which in turn be delivered to a radio or retail stores for the end users to buy.
A songwriter writes the song for radio programmers who decide what their listeners would listen to.
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. As the owner of the song and seller of the song, a songwriter must know also how to select the song for a demo and how to record the demo into a compelling one.
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. Some songwriters would go on a partnership with another artist who can do the lyric or music role depending on the song.
A very important skill of a songwriter is said to be his or her ability to tell a story in a song and not just throwing words or rhymes together.
Some of us have the natural talent to become a great songwriter, and some may have to put in efforts to master the skill before becoming one 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. It is very important that you master all the components in the writing process of the song, and make it a point that your song is relatable to people.
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