It’s never too early to start developing your song writing skills, and because of the costs of licensing other writer’s songs for things like youtube videos, it’s a smart business move to write your own songs.

It all starts with an idea, and at this point, you’ve learned how to pick out a melody you hear in your head on your instrument, and then write it down. Start noodling on your guitar, get a melody going, and write it down. It’s great practice.

At first, you’ll probably only come up with short phrases. That’s ok, because a song is made up of sections, (intro, verse, chorus, bridge, ending) so you might stitch them into a complete song later. The more you do, the easier it will get and the longer your phrases will become. Later you’ll get a feel for which phrases work together.

Which comes first, the lyrics or the melody?

Different writers have different processes, and it can even be different for different songs by the same writer. Some writers keep a journal of ideas or poetry, and later find a melody to go with them. Others fit the words onto a melody line. Some even start with a good beat. Most feel that a song should carry a message, but not all songs have lyrics.

Attention to rhythm and meter may make the lyrics easier to fit to music later.

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