How to write your first song

Writing your very first song can be a daunting experience. So let’s try to make it easier. Rule number one, there are no rules. So don’t beat yourself up for not taking piano lessons all those years, for not paying attention in music class or even for bad grammar.

To write your first song, start by setting some realistic expectations. This does not need to be a great musical masterpiece. To hope that your first song will be a great work of art is unrealistic and counter-productive. You don’t need that kind of pressure.

Let’s make the goal that your first song has a beginning, middle and end and lyrics that make sense. A realistic expectation would be that by the time the first song is complete, you are ready and eager to tackle song #2.

Shooting for a masterpiece is counter-productive. You don’t need that kind of pressure.

We rarely get to hear the first songs written by famous songwriters, and for good reason. They were practice songs, a warm-up exercise. They were the songwriter’s training wheels. So don’t judge your first songs. Write a dozen or two to get them under your belt. You don’t have to wait until you complete your study of music theory or become a great pianist. Start now!

Tip: it will make it much easier if you write about a subject that you know well, whether it’s astronomy, history or something more personal, like your first love, your first kiss, your first bike, your dog, or your pet peeves.


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