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Songwriting Explained By John Pape

What is songwriting? Songwriting is a form of art that combines the disciplines of poetic style of writing with music composition. The combination of words and music turns a song into a powerful artistic medium. The words communicate a story, yet the additional of music colors the words increasing the emotional impact of the song. At the very core songwriting is a form of art that uses words and music for expression.

Why learn songwriting? Songwriting can be a great creative outlet. This creative outlet provides a method to express your thoughts, stories and emotions. Everyone has a story to tell. There are many ways to tell your story to the world. Songwriting is one way you can share what's on your mind or what's important to you. The results can be very rewarding for a songwriter. On top of that people love listening to songs. There is a certain appeal to this art form.

How can you learn Songwriting? If you want to learn songwriting there are several ways to start. But it does begin with desire. Without the desire to write songs, you will never move forward. Since you are reading this, I can assume that you do have the desire. Desire breeds motivation and motivation is what catapults you into doing the things you love.

1) Language Skills There are a few things that you need to know in order to start songwriting. One important thing is a good grasps of your native language. Understanding the rules of grammar and spelling will help you tremendously. On top of language skills, you need to have some understanding of how poetry works. As poetry is concerned there needs to be some clarification. Poetry is a larger art form. Some will say that songwriting is not poetry writing. In some respects they are right, but not completely. Here is how you need to know when you approach the subject of poetry; lyrics are a subset of poetry. What this


means is writing song lyrics has a specific form related to this genre of poetry and follows certain guidelines. So it is important to learn poetic techniques for songwriting.

2) Musical Skills Along with a command of language it is also important to have knowledge of how music works as well. Music is such a vital part of songwriting. With an understanding of music you can write melodies to match song lyrics. Therefore it is important to learn music theory. At least the basics of music To further help you with songwriting you should learn to play an instrument. There are many popular choices. These choices include piano or guitar. These instruments are great for songwriting because these instruments allow you to play both melodies and chord progressions. Also, for melody writing, the voice is a great instrument to use. The voice is a great instrument that has the added advantage of combining the words and music together.

Getting Started At some point you will write a song. Songwriting can be fun and rewarding. But as with many things in life it will require work and discipline in order to be successful. Search your local community to find a group dedicated to songwriting. Working with other songwriters is a great asset. The Internet has a ton of information on songwriting.Perform a Internet search on "learn how to write songs" for resources that will teach you songwriting.

Songwriting is an art form that combines words and music. Learning songwriting can be quite rewarding. The two main skills a songwriter needs to learn are Language/Poetry and Music Theory. Now go out there and write some songs. Share them with the world.

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