Quick fact. Ready?
The typical person has 4 vocal chords; two are true and contain actual muscle, while two are false and are only connective tissue. The false vocal chords cannot normally contract and therefore do not contribute to one’s voice.
hello @ my christian squad here, any worship music recommends that are not jesus culture, hillsong or chris tomlin, matt redman, ect lol? not hating on them but i’m tired of the 4 chord formulaic songs with not a lot of lyrical depth.. I like worship music in theory but i only have like 2 cds i like and im trying to expand my horizons lol
i like choirs and hymns but preferably with a modern feel? anyy suggestionsss are welcome :))))))
Recently I have been hearing a bunch of really talented songwriters who have a lot of potential, but they fuck up on super easy rules that make their songs fall flat. Here are some of the tips I’ve learned from someone who inspired me and helped me become the songwriter that I am today.
Rule #1: MAKE LOVE TO YOUR CHOURS
Think of a song like a novel. You have the intro, then the story line begins, then you slowly rise up to the climax, and then the resolution. (Something like that idk). Well, when writing music, make sure your chorus is the CLIMAX of the song… Meaning it must be the strongest part of the song. The chorus is the most important part of any song, so you must have a catchy, easy melody line that will stick in the listeners head all day after only hearing it once.
Rule #2: CAPTAIN HOOK IS YOUR MAN
If you want to write a hit, you must include a hook, or else your song will most likely never be played on the radio.
Rule #3: PATTERNS ARE THE WAY TOGO
Make sure all your verses follow a melody pattern. Don’t just start making up random melodies that you pulled out from your ass. YOU MUST stay in a format. If your first verse sounds a certain way, your second must match up exactly to it.
Rule #4: GET THE RIGHT KEY, OR NO DOORS WILL OPEN
I can’t tell you how much this frustrates me the most. When songwriters write a song that is TOO LOW or TOO HIGH for their voice. If its too high or low, change the key, IT’S YOUR SONG SO YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO IT. If it’s too hard to sing, then get someone else to sing it for you and you will get the royalties.
Rule #5: YOU ONLY NEED 4 CHORDS AND THE TRUTH GRASSHOPPERS
Using the same 4 chords over and over again is completely acceptable, don’t listen to whatever anybody else says. Look at Taylor Swift, almost all of her songs are the same 4 chords throughout, and she’s making a lot of money off those songs.
Rule #6: THE BEST SONGS ARE WRITTEN FROM REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES
Now this is my own advice. I find it EXTREMELY hard to make up a scenario in my head, and write a song about something that never happened. In my opinion, the best songs that you will ever write, are the songs that are written about your experiences. So therefore, songwriters should always live their lives to the fullest and take risks, trust me… the best songs will come out of it ;)
Rule #7: The melody is what hooks you in, but the lyrics is what will make you stay.
The best songs have strong melodies with meaningful lyrics. The songs that have catchy melodies but shitty lyrics are not the songs that you will be listening to in 10 years.
Anyways, thats pretty much it for me. I was getting really frustrated from hearing songs that COULD be hits, but AREN’T because they miss KEY things.
… & Special Thanks Hua, my mentor & good friend, for inspiring me so much :)
This is really, really long but it would mean the world to me if you took some time to watch this video! Or maybe even read the post. Thank you so much guys.
Hey guys! I’m Lucy. I’m fifteen from Canberra, Australia. Cheesecake is my life even though my body doesn’t agree with it. I love Taylor Swift, sunsets, nature walks, the smell of wood, fresh stationery and binge watching things on the internet.
Most of all , I freaking love music. I love performing, I love songwriting. So much that I’ve decided to pursue a career in it. People call me crazy and naive but hey, it’s what my heart and mind are set on and nothing can stop me trying.
In September of last year, I got to play at the Canberra TEDx Conference at the Canberra Theatre. IT WAS INSANE AND ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY LIFE. You can listen to it in the video above! It was an amazing day, and all the speakers and other performers inspired me so much. I got to play 3 songs I’d written that I was really proud of and talk about them in front of a sold out crowd of 600 (ok, it’s no 76,000 but it was THE BEST FEELING). Afterwards, people told me that the songs made them feel something. They said they laughed, cried and felt inspired. That is the goal for me, I want my songs to make people feel something. I was so honoured that people took to the songs I’d written and the whole day was such an incredible blur.
Walking off the stage after I sung was one of those ‘holy crap, that was a thing I just did’ moment. I got real deep inside my mind and realised it would’ve never happened without Taylor.
Let me explain.
In late 2008, I heard Love Story from my friend’s MP3 player. My mind was blown. I then went onto discover the entire Fearless album. My mind was blown even more. This girl called Taylor Swift was writing and making music as well as performing for a living. Seeing a young girl do that made me realise I could maybe do that too. The reason I started this whole music thing was because of how inspired I was by Taylor. The she holds herself on stage, in person, in interviews and as a songwriter is so inspiring. Taylor is true to herself, her art and just writes how she’s feeling and writes the truth. That’s the greatest thing to me and something I hope to emulate one day.
I started out by going busking in the city as a 9 year old who could play 4 chords on the guitar. Now, I’ve done so many things I never thought I’d do and. I played at a TEDx Conference. I released an EP. I sold out my EP launch. I became an Australian National Busking Champion. I I grew as a person. I finally found a group of awesome people to hang out with. And most of all, I found my passion. I went from someone who wouldn’t talk and was too scared to go into shops to buy things to someone who was confident in themselves and proud of who they are.
For these past 8 years, Taylor has been by my side. Her hardwork, growth, humour, talent, honesty, intelligence, selflessness, confidence and most importantly kindness inspires me every single day. Taylor’s journey has inspired me to work hard at my dreams and to never ever give up. And I’ve seen so many other girls my age doing music and slaying life after being inspired by her. Taylor’s lyrics and beautiful songs have made me laugh, cry, lie down on the floor to reflect on life and dance. I’m so incredibly proud that Taylor Swift is my role model.
So yeah, the video on this post is my TEDx performance. I’m really proud of it! The first song is about my dreams, the second about my life and the third about the world. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and I can’t believe my life is turning out in such an awesome way.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to read all of this! It really means a lot to me. I’m like 110% there for meeting new people on tumblr so feel free to send me a message to talk about life. I love life chats.
PS. Taylor, if by some magical chance you’re reading this: thank you for everything. Thank you for giving me the chance to feel that rush you get when you finish a song you’re proud of and when you’re playing your songs in front of people. Thank you for being so wonderful to all of us and for standing strong when they build you up to knock you down. I love you so much.