6 Song Writing Steps for Song Writers (Use Them!)

Want Hit Song Writing in Nigeria or Online?

Then this for You.
Songs are powerful influencers. And who would not want a good song credited in their name?

But in other to maximize your contact with any song writer. Here is one important question you need to answer.

In what aspect of song writing do you need help?
— Getting your idea.
— Writing the lyrics
— Arranging the lyrics
— Composing the song
or — Producing the song.

You need to locate where you are first.

These 6 Song Writing Steps Will Land You in a Destination of Hit Songs | Image credit FreePik.com site
These 6 Song Writing Steps Will Land You in a Destination of Hit Songs | Image credit FreePik.com

Below Are the 6 Steps to Writing a Hit Song from Start to Finish

  • 1. Getting a song writing idea i.e. the spark.
  • 2a. Turn the song idea to a melodious chorus.
  • 2b. OR Turn your song idea into a lyrics (poem style).
  • 3. Completing and arranging your lyrics.
  • 4. Composing infectious melodies to your lyrics.
  • 5. Demo your song (recording it at home).
  • 6. Producing your song (recording it in a professional studio).

If you have been struggling on how to write a song, you can execute those song writing strategies above.

I guarantee it will land you in a destination of hit songs.

If you need help with any, of the song writing strategies above, Good Music Africa has experienced song writers to work with you.


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STEP 1 How to Get a Song Idea

Below are 3 Common Sources of Song Writing Ideas.

  • A passionate experience you had
  • A melody that struck your mind
  • Sparks could also come from reading.

A Good Spark...

A good spark usually refuses to go — It strikes you and stays per time. A good spark tingles and lingers in your subconscious mind.

For example, if your spark is a striking melody, YOU WILL FIND IT DIFFICULT TO LAY-OFF — You will find yourself humming it.

And if your song writing spark is from a passionate experience. YOU WILL REALLY FEEL THE URGE TO SING ABOUT IT —  You could even be singing about it subconsciously.

I find myself doing that alot.

Think of Song writing Sparks this way... getting a song idea is like an emotional volcano, balling inside of you. It is high-time you gave your spark an expression. Commit to turning your spark into a music for the world around you!

Be a song creator today, and start sharing your experience with the world through songs.

Remember that songs are powerful tools for influencing people — for good or otherwise.

NOTE: I motivate you to commit yourself to making positive influences with your songs.

STEP 2a: How to Turn Your Song Idea to a Melodious Chorus

...Developing your song idea
From Step #1, you should have a solid song writing idea already - i.e. an idea or a passion that you feel like singing about.

If that is right, then Super!

Otherwise, go back to it, because your song writing spark is important. It fuels your singing!. It is the difference between consistent hit song writers and one hit wonders.

In this step, our goal is to turn your song idea into a melodious chorus or hook.

If your song writing idea in Step #1 above came from a melody, then you are 80% done with this step.

You will only need to time-condition your chorus composition.

In contemporary song writing, we condition songs using bars and beats.

The industry standard for a contemporary chorus is 16 Beats (8 Bars)

But wait...

Do you play a musical instrument?
If yes, then play a melody, and let it guide your singing.

And if you do not play a music instrument like most people — including my self. Do not worry.

I mean it. Do not worry at all!

It is not necessary that you play a musical instrument before you compose hit melodies.

You only need to listen to your self more attentively. Let the expression flow from inside you.

So if you don't play a music instrument, then Get a metronome here - and let it guide your rhythm.

You will use the metronome to constrain your song expressions.

What is a Metronome?

According to wikipedia, a metronome is device which produces an audible beat. (note the word beat). a click or other sound at regular interval (note the word regular interval)

Metronome Defination.
Metronome Source: Wikipedia

The metronome serves a beat for song composers who do not play a music instrument — It is good for both rhythm and tempo.

Bars and Beats helps your timing in music creation. We wont get deep into the concept of bars, beats here. — It is only important for you to understand that bars and beats helps to constrain your song — To ensure it does not last forever.

Before it get all confusing. Here is the summary on bars and beats

Feel free to express your self in singing BUT remember that the song should not last forever — Contemporary radio songs don't last beyond 4-5 minutes

That is the whole essence of bars and beats.

Bars and beats guide you to know when to conclude a particular song section. So that you can move to the next part.

PLEASE! I hope it's clear?

And remember that Good Music Africa can help you through any of the 6 song writing steps.


STEP 2b: How to Turn your song idea into a lyrics

...just like a Poet
Here you do not need a rocket science skill.

You are writing as a poet — expressing your self and passion through writing.

But, it again important that you adapt the contemporary song constraint from 2a.
I am talking about the beats and bars — You still need it here too.

This is because, radio and DJ wont accommodate song lyrics that lasts forever!

For a standard chorus, it is 16 beats (8 bars)
For a standard verse, it is 32 beats (8 bars)

And with this you will complete your lyrics writing.

Steps 3, 4, 5, & 6, in brief
I won't go into details of steps 3, 4, 5, & 6 here — This is because I do not want to overwhelm you with too many information at once.

But I assure you that we have solved the most difficult steps.

And below are the recap of the remaining steps.

  • 3. Completing and arranging your lyrics — This is the time for you to write lyrics for your verses and bridge.
    Remember the bars & beats? — You will need 16 bars or 32 beats to limit each verse of your song.
  • 4. Composing infectious melodies to your lyrics. This is the act of turning your lyrics into a singable melody
  • 5. Demoing your song from home. This is the act of recording your song piece in a non professional studio environment.
  • 6. Producing your song — This is the act of recording your song in a professional studio. Your maximum delivery is essential here.

Want Good Music Africa to Write a Hit Song for You — or Your Organization.

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Reserve your space with us.

You’ll use the message to briefly tell us about the scope of your song project.

Nothing too crazy, we just need the basics about where you are on the song writing process. No spark at all, you have a lyrics already etc.
That way we can understand your event before we talk and get right to business.

Here’s What Will Happen Next

Once you’ve sent the message, Henry (from Good Music Africa) will call you to speak more about your song writing inquiry music. To gather more information so we can accurately plan out how to assign one or more song writers to you.

It’s important that you provide enough information about the scope of your song. Because if you don’t we wont know how to assign the right song writer to you.

You will hear from us within 24 business hours after submitting your application.

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Our requirements: to work on a song for you.

No over complex rules. Send us ONE of the following:

  1. Send us your lyrics or poems and we’ll co-write the music.
  2. Send us your hook or melody for a song idea i.e. a scratch vocal.
  3. Send us your completed written song that could be better

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Ultimately this is for people who take action. And knows the fulfillment of having a famous song in their credit.

If that’s you, today is the day you step up and bring your song writing dreams alive. To the next thrilling level.

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