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    Dame Katrin Karlsdottir

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    Join date : 2011-06-02
    Age : 50

    Writing Songs

    Post  Dame Katrin Karlsdottir on Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:16 pm

    Songwriting is not an essential part of becoming a Bard
    but well recommended for those who enjoy a challenge. Anyone can write
    lyrics!

    So what do you need to write a song?
    Technical Training may not be a necessity but all songwriters who wish to write
    seriously should gain as much experience and knowledge as possible.

    Supplies:
    Pad of Paper for Notes & Writing Lyrics
    Music Manuscript Books or Paper
    Pencils & Erasers
    Cassette or Minidisc Recorder - keep this with you at all times & use it to
    hum, sing or play your ideas for later review.
    Short Cassettes - for recording individual Completed songs
    Long Cassettes - for leaving to run whilst creating
    Portable File or Folders to keep work in progress portable

    Every songwriter has their own method, some 'hear' parts or
    the whole song in their minds, others use a hook or melody line to help
    envisage the words and many lyricists collaborate with composers and musicians to produce the finished article. There are no 'set rules' on how you
    write songs but there are various tried and trusted methods of producing a
    viable song for performance and recording.

    Concept: Decide the type, style and a brief outline of what you want the song to say.

    Title: Which may or may not be used in the song but should give an indication
    of the Theme or Concept

    Lyrics/Music: Wether you prefer to start with the lyrics or the music, the
    lyrics should provide the listener with a picture of the theme or tale.
    Once you have completed the first section repeat using different lyrics
    then examine your song to see if it requires a 'Bridge' (This is a section that
    differs from the verse). It can be a 'Hook' line, a 'Chorus' or an instrumental
    break.

    Now you have the basics of a song you need to think about the arrangement that
    can be in a variety of formats depending on the type of musical style.
    Most songs have a beginning (Intro), middle (Song Verses plus Choruses)
    and an ending (Sharp stop, Fade Out).

    Popular songs tend to work to a Format i.e., Intro, Verse, Chorus, Verse,
    Chorus, Instrumental Break, Verse, Chorus, Chorus, End, but each style of song has its own format and if you are considering writing for a variety of
    performers it is worth listening to a wide range of material to get a general
    idea of the format before proceeding.

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