Themes[ edit ] Unlike conventional chart hits of the time, "Like a Rolling Stone" featured lyrics that were interpreted as expressions of resentment rather than love. Once upon a time you dressed so fine Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you? Now you don't talk so loud Now you don't seem so proud About having to be scrounging your next meal  Despite the obvious vitriol, the song's narrator also seems to show compassion for Miss Lonely, and expresses joy for her in the freedom in losing everything. You're on your own, you're free now
But these forty should give you a good idea of what makes a song great — a combination of profound lyrics, storytelling, solid music and powerful vocals. Learn a Musical Instrument To write lyrics, you need a pen and a paper.
To write songs, you need a musical instrument. The piano or electric keyboard and the guitar are two instruments favored by songwriters. The electric keyboard is better than its acoustic counterpart as it can create drum loops and complex harmonies from a single instrument.
Some tips for learning a musical instrument: Both guitars and pianos are powerful solo instruments, but for the purpose of songwriting, you only need to know a few basic chords. Practice a few common chord progressions see below to create simple harmonies and songs. The same goes for learning the instrument.
Focus on learning the absolute basics first — major chords, scales and songs. Try taking this free course to learn how to play guitar as an absolute beginner.
Of course, mastering music theory can take you years, but picking up the basics is relatively easy: Learn the 12 Notes: The Western musical notation is made up of twelve notes.
These are denoted by letters from A to G. Every piece of music is made possible by a combination of these 12 notes. A scale is a harmonious progression of musical notes. There are hundreds of scales in Western music. Chords are the bread and butter of any songwriter. A chord means playing several different notes simultaneously.
Since there are seven basic notes in a scale, there are seven basic chords as well. A chord progression is a harmonious movement of chords in a particular key. The most basic chord progression in popular music is I-IV-V — that is, the 1st, 4th and 5th chord played in succession.
These are called primary chords.
For example, in the C scale, the 1st, 4th and 5th chords are C, F, and G. Music theory is a vast subject. Start off by learning basic music concepts in this course.
Certain patterns, themes, motifs and chord structures are repeated across artists and genres. As a songwriter, analyzing songs should become a habit, a reaction as natural as pulling your finger away from a hot stove. Song Structure Most pop songs follow a simple structure: Try doing the same for other popular songs.
Chord Progressions Most pop and rock songs follow simple chord progressions. As mentioned above, I, IV, and V chords in any scale are called its primary chords. Combining these chords in various permutations is the basis of thousands of songs. This is often called the pop-punk progression and has been used in thousands of songs.If a song does these three things, then listeners will usually want to hear it again and that’s what drives a song’s success.
Remember, a Pop song is a combination of something you want to say and something listeners want to hear. So, let’s write a Pop song!
Here’s a list of 10 tips with links to more info if . The easiest way I can describe what makes a pop song a pop song is that it’s a song you want to hear over and over.
Some people will instantly think, Well, that means it’s simple and stupid. "That's All" is a song by English rock band Genesis.
The song was intended as an attempt to write a simple pop song with a melody in the style of The Beatles. The song begins with Tony Banks playing the main riff of the song on a Yamaha CP electric grand piano. I remember reading about similar analysis long ago. Done in the s IIRC. The programme that analysed also made a song from what I can remember and it was a hit of some sort (not sure which song that was, instrumental probably), but the article I read (s) noted that .
Don’t stress about knowing how to write lyrics. The best way to write lyrics is whatever feels right for you. What is my song topic? A song should answer a question. Ask and answer it with the parts of your song.
Put your questions and answers right in you lyrics. Or make it the answer to a question you ask yourself. The process of how to write a pop song verse is totally up to you.
The Chorus. If a Pop song is a birthday cake, the chorus would be the sweet frosting exterior; the part that everyone sees and remembers. The chorus is the part of the Pop song where we get to be louder, more energetic, less restrained.
If you’ve written an engaging verse, the chorus should come naturally.