After you have done this, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag … BUT only for a limited audience.
Remember you will get better as you write more and more. By definition, if you do something more than often, you will get better at it. Keep at it and for goodness sakes, ENJOY it.
By listening to the song from other people ears can do wonders for your songwriting.
Now she’s 16 years old, but I’m pretty sure that this problem transcends all ages.
What do I mean by that?.
I’m convinced that should you follow the advice in this article that your songwriting will reach to it’s highest degree. Not only that, but you’ll achieve a higher level of songwriting in a shorter space of time.
Eventually, you won’t have to keep asking for feedback from them because you will soon be able to listen to your song ‘through his/her ears’. That’s why the above paragraph is so crucial to your songwriting success.
Now, you don’t have to go mad here. Change it up … and make it better.
Does the song make sense lyrically? Step out of the song for a moment … would you dig the song if you were an outsider listening in? Does the song bore YOU?
Critiquing your own song is probably one of the most difficult things to do in songwriting – but it CAN be done relatively easily. It involves you really having to stand apart from your song and looking at it a little objectively.
I always jokingly tell those who are aspiring songwriters that “you aren’t in the business of writing songs, but more like … you’re in the business of editing them”.
I’ll say that one more time so you can engrave this phrase in your mind …
“I’m 16 and the main problem is, I know what I want to write, but when I do write it down I just think it sounds lame”.
The truth is, nearly every thing * I * put down I also think sounds lame too … at least at. We all have to understand that in most cases you will never write a ‘great song’ the first time around. It doesn’t happen that way.
Here is a common problem that one of my subscribers expressed to me recently …
There may be exceptions to the rule, but mostly – you will still have work to do.
… I mean, you should now play your song to a fellow musician, singer or songwriter. Here’s the ticket: There is no better way to drastically improve your songwriting then when you actually begin to listen to your song though another songwriters/musician’s ears – of whom you respect.
There is no better way to drastically improve your songwriting then when you actually begin to listen to your song though another songwriters/musician’s ears – of whom you respect.
If you don’t have a friend who’s a songwriter or a musician that you admire and/or respect, then go get one. Develop some sort of relationship with one. It will be the greatest move you ever make in songwriting.
By that I mean, you’re not necessarily ‘song writing’, but rather ‘song crafting’. When you have a song down, don’t just let it stop there.
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