Do you know what is amazing about songwriting? It’s that by writing powerful lyrics you can connect with your audience on a personal level.
And connecting with your listeners is the perfect way to build a fan base. This is true because no matter how good your instrumental sounds, if the lyrics are not good enough then you have no connection with your audience. It is what great songwriters have been doing for years and will continue to do for a long time. You need to understand that a good song is only as good as the emotions it conveys to your listeners. Do you want to make them happy, then your lyrics should do that. Do you want them confident, then your lyrics should also be able to that.
In this article, I will be showing you a systematic process that you can use when writing your next song lyrics to take it to the next level.
1. You need to set the stage
Before you begin writing your lyrics, you first need to set the stage of the song. By setting the stage, I mean what you want your audience to feel when they hear your song. What is that emotion that you want them feeling as your lyrics hit their ears. Here are some basic human emotions that are sure to trigger a response when used in your lyrics.
These are all emotions that you can include in your lyrics to get your audience hooked to what you have to say. The easiest way to set the stage is by using the intro of your lyrics. A powerful introduction sets the stage, establishes a bond with your audience and gets them in the right frame of mind for what is coming next. So for example if you are writing a love song, your intro is going to be using lyrics that speak softly and appeals to the soft part of the heart. You can start by talking about how you first met the love of your life, the way they smiled and how it made you want to get to know them. When you successfully use words that sets the stage, your listeners know what is coming next and they look forward to it.
What is the emotion you want your audience to feel?
What words are you going to use to convey these emotions?
Make sure you use your intro to get your audience in the right frame of mind.
2. You need to set the rhythm
The rhythm of your lyrics goes a long way in affecting the mood of your audience. The truth is that an audience will definitely remember the rhythm of your song before they learn the vocals. The rhythm is what is stuck in their heads even after they have finished listening to the songs. As such, you want to make sure that your lyrics have a memorable rhythm that your listeners can relate to. Setting the rhythm also has to do with the song structure you intend to use.
So for example, you may be going for a normal song structure of Intro – Chorus – First Verse – Chorus – Second Verse – Chorus – Third Verse – Chorus – Outro
When it comes to the rhythm, you want to choose either a fast-paced rhythm or a slow one. A fast-paced rhythm is better suited to happy and exciting emotions while a slow one is often about sad events. Here are some tips to help you write better songs with rhythm. Start by writing your lyrics in a specified pattern. Therefore, you may have long lines, short lines and a few in between. This helps to give your songs a repeatable pattern that forms a memorable rhythm. A simple pattern to follow is 2 long lines, 2 short lines and 1 middle. Make sure you have stressed syllables in your songs. Stressed syllables are simply words that rhyme at the end. Pick a time signature and stick with it. Therefore, a time signature will be something like 4 bars or 8 bars. This will help give your song’s structure and make it flow easily. Key Points: What rhythm and pace would convey the emotional response you want? Is your song structure in line with this rhythm?
3. You need to set the hook
You want to know the most interesting aspect of a song. It is the hook (also known as the chorus). This aspect of the song catches your listener’s attention and inspires them to do whatever emotion you set in the intro of your song. Your chorus is the highlight of your lyrics and you want to make sure that you deliver. Use imagery in your lyrics to convey your message. Make sure it is enjoyable and not boring to listen to. Make sure you use a simple conversational tone. Make sure that it is supported by other musical elements such as instrumentals, chords and melody
Tips on how to make your lyrics shine –
First, you need to define a purpose for your lyrics. It is fine to freestyle and just wing it but most times, you want your lyrics to have a particular effect on your audience. By working with a set goal, your mind is conditioned to meet this goal. Learn to include repetition in your songs. Have you listened to any good songs lately? I bet you noticed that they use a lot of repetition in their lyrics. Repetition helps your songs to flow easily and connects your audience to the main ideas of your songs. Make sure you are writing about what you know. This is really simple and straightforward. All great songs always come from a personal experience of the songwriter. Although this might sound cliché, your best songs are going to come from writing about your personal experiences and from your heart. This gives your lyrics so much authenticity and connects with your audience on a deeper level.
Have a powerful song title. Your song title is the first impression an audience has before they listen to your songs. It gives little information and prepares them for what is in store. A powerful title allows your listeners to be intrigued and can be used to pass across your message.
When it comes to writing songs that your audience can relate to, you have to admit that it takes more than just sitting down and putting pen to paper. You need careful planning to ensure that your words convey the intended emotions to your listeners.
Author Bio –
Uche Ibe is a passionate singer and blogger as www.welovesinging.com. He enjoys teaching people how to sing and helping them become better singers. You can connect with him by visiting his blog or sending him an email.