As I promised in the article “Why Writing Your OWN Music?“, Today I will show you a few key tools that will make your journey to becoming a good songwriter much easier, much faster, more focused, and above all – more FUN. These books contain some super productive tips and much more, both on writing song lyrics, and on writing the music itself – harmony and melody.
Look at these options and get the one or two that are the most appealing to you! By being invested in the subject, you will make sure that you will not drop it off two weeks later. So here it is, learn how to write your own song! These are the tools that helped me the most, and now I am at a totally different point at songwriting, way more savvy, having way more fun, and my songs are getting better feedback from people around me.
Some people will say that they do not believe in reading books about arts like songwriting and just “letting it naturally come out”. I think totally differently here – just like you would go out and educate yourself about anything else that you want to be good at – writing songs is not different at all. These books will help you get the best songs you can possibly get out of yourself! We are lucky to live in the information age and have access to such resources.
“Songwriting is a kind of a craft. It’s not something that just comes in a dream. You’ve got to work at it.”
Here are the best goods you can get out there about writing songs, click the pictures of the books for fast links to Amazon.
The Six Steps To Songwriting Success by Jason Blume
This one is first on the list for a reason. This book is freakin’ amazing. I believe it has the most easily accessible and most useful tricks on how to write your own song when you start from zero, and develop an effective use of Blume’s great methods to write awesome and hooking songs (and also get them finished which is not obvious at all) from the ground up with lyrics and music.
Jason Blume is from Nashville and worked in the American music industry for many years as a prized songwriter while writing an insane amount of billboard hits in various genres. He gives some compelling examples from the “making-of” many great songs that we all know. This book also gives great insight into the music business, in case that later down the road you will actually want to market your songs and get them out to the public. Very motivating even if you don’t have any such plans. Start here.
This one is perfect as a second book. Here it’s all about getting your chakras flowing and your productivity going, and going fast. This book is filled with an insane number of ideas that are sure to give you inspiration for your next song and make sure that the next writer’s block you run into is quickly blown away with the wind. This book will become your great friend when you learn how to write your own song.
If you also have thing for books that are made of numbered lists, so this one’s a fun read.
Guitar Theory Revolution by Neill Blokland
My absolute BIBLE when it comes to guitar and music theory. When you want to get into the world of songwriting, it’s a perfect time to start getting into music theory as well – so you will understand what exactly you are doing and be able to alter everything to your own style, put some new and interesting chords in, add some cool riffs and much more. Get the musical edge over the rest of the pack, and let them keep playing those plain C-G-Am-F…
When it comes down to learning music theory on the guitar, this E-book is the best. Whether you are starting from nothing or if you have learned some theory before, Neill has by far the best method to get everything arranged in your head as a guitarist and teach you everything that you need to know about music theory. This book literally saved me hundreds of dollars from trying to learn theory with a teacher.
Guitar Theory Revolution are currently offering a 40% discount coupon for GuitarHippies readers, which gives you the book for 23$. Coupon code: GTRHIPPIE40
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Art of Songwriting by Casey Kelly &
As always with books from the “Complete Idiot’s” series, this one’s very detailed and long, and goes down to the bones of a song’s structure. Because of that, it is also a bit harder to get through it so I suggest getting this one after you’re done with “The Six Steps” from above, if you feel like you are still thirsty for a different approach. The number of exercises in this book is huge and they are some of my favorites. Surely this will get your creativity blooming through the roof.
Rhyme – The Rhyming Dictionary app. And similar rhyming apps on the App Store / Google Play:
You can use those apps to fill out words when you are running out of creative fuel, or just need a lil’ helping hand and creative station for getting your rhymes. “Rhyme” costs 1.99$ but you can also get similar apps (that have a less impressive vocabulary) for free, like Prime Rhyme.
This is it. now it’s all about getting your notebook (or even easier – your notes app) and start working on your next song. I’d love to hear more opinions in the comments about these tools and other tools that helped you as well.
Bonus: Songwriting Smartphone Notes – This is a system I came up with and helped me greatly all-around with music but especially with songwriting. For more details click the link.
A WORD ON SINGING YOUR SONGS: If you feel that this is also a good time to start working on your singing skills so you can sing your new songs beautifully (and all the other songs you play as well) and take them even further, Aaron from www.howtosing.com has an excellent singing online course that costs a minuscule price compared to taking lessons with a teacher. It got me tremendously happy with my singing and I started getting incredible feedback on it. And I was BAD before that.
So if you feel you can do better with your singing and you are willing to put some time and effort into it, get this course and turn your singing into something you take pride of and enjoy! You can read here for 11 more surprising benefits of singing besides taking your own songs to the next level.
Thanks for reading, peace and good luck on your creative endeavors.
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