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In song writing, lyrics is one of the most important factor required for a good melody. Every rapper/singer will always want to be unique with lyrics and melody but it has not always been easy especially in the Nigeria music industry.
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What do you understand by lyrics as regards song writing

Lyrics are the words sang by a singer. Many musicians tend to write and create a format based on music around them, this is not necessarily a bad thing, but this doesn’t work for everyone. Songwriters tend to approach this skill in different ways.
In song writing you need to consider elements such as harmony, lyrics, melody, rhythm and structure.
Here are some ideas to help you get started with writing that great song:

Take time to look around you.

Inspiration can come from anywhere. There are stories all around us: in the environment, our interactions, our jobs, relationships, experiences and more.
Inspiration can come from things you are passionate about. For instance, some rappers deliver lyrics about women, cars, other material things and being better than everyone else.

What’s the goal of the song

What is the point of the song? There should be a story. Write lyrics that will engage and impact on your listener. The best way to do this is to connect with your emotions.
Find different words to express your emotions. You can examine Wizkid ‘s ‘ Ojuelegba‘ as a song that connects with its listeners.

Write a catchy hook

A catchy hook/chorus helps create a footing for the song. You can listen to some of Davido ‘s songs like ‘ Skelewu ‘, ‘ All of you ‘, ‘ Dami duro ‘ and ‘ Aye ‘.

Write down your ideas

As an idea comes to you, write it down. Write down your dreams and your emotions. You can always expand on them.
It also helps if you write down potential song titles. This can help you come up with new material.

Go outside

If you find yourself stuck on lyrics, take a break, do something else and then come back to it. You can also try out new activities and talk to people – this can help you with adopting new creative angles.

Work on your melody

A good melody can also help with the lyric. Try writing while playing a musical instrument or listening to a melody. You can always build your song around this.

Re-write your song

Don’t restrict yourself to what you’ve just written down. You can always edit this, so don’t bother if the last line wasn’t great, just keep flowing.
Rhyming helps engage the listener with the music. Get a rhyming dictionary and thesaurus – these are good recourses for any songwriter.

Collaborate with others

If you get stuck or find it difficult to come up with your own lyrics, you can always get a songwriter to help you out.

Source: mixnaija.com

Written by Michael Onyemah

Michael Onyemah is the CEO and founder of Eventnews Africa. He is a young Entrepreneur, a web developer, system engineer and IT Solutions provider.

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  1. Songwriting is a skill that is rarely taught: musicians more often than not tend to write instinctively, absorbing their ideas about form and structure from the music that’s around them, and relying on inspiration for their melodic and lyrical direction.

  2. I will tell my friends to look out here for Lots of good and useful Songwriting Tips. Let me add my own share of the song writing knowledge

    The greatest hit songs of all time have been written on this theme. No point re-inventing the wheel. Write songs on the subject of LOVE. Take a look at the songs that make it to the top of the charts and you will see a common thread throughout. Whether it’s about cheating, break-up, faithfulness, or whatever, most of them talk about something to do with love.

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  3. My advice to song writers is to always see the Bigger Picture Always

    Once you have the technical knowledge you need to write music, try and develop the part of your brain that can listen to and analyse the whole picture (instead of focusing on tiny details).

    You should be able to hear instantly what is needed to make your songs work. Does it need more emotion? More energy? Is the vocal melody boring? By focusing on the whole picture you’ll be able to find the answers quicker by being honest and brutal with yourself.

    Nice one Eventnews Africa

  4. Thanks so much Event news Africa for this article. It will actually show beginners Step By Step Guide To Becoming A Songwriter. These are just some general song-writing tips that might help them write popular songs.

  5. I think the following points will be good as add up to this your song writing article.

    1.    A good song title, tune or music idea.

    2.    An evoked thought, emotion, situation or memory.

    3.    A chain of thoughts flowing from the initial idea.

    4.    Development of the lyrics and music. The careful choice of each song word or note.

    5.    Rearranging of the phrasing, music or order of words, to give meaning, rhyme and continuity.

    6.    Listening for strengths and weaknesses. Re-writing parts if necessary.

    7.    A complete song from great lyric ideas.

  6. Songwriting is a skill that is rarely taught: musicians more often than not tend to write instinctively, absorbing their ideas about form and structure from the music that’s around them, and relying on inspiration for their melodic and lyrical direction.

  7. Writing based on a title idea/lyrical hook is also a key factor. Coming up with a really catchy title or lyrical hook is an art in and of itself. If you’ve got one, congratulations. Now that you’ve got it, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  8. Song writers can also Keep their themes universal. By looking outside yourself for themes to write about, you can overcome the tendency we all have to write about ourselves from a very individual, self-oriented point of view. We assume that other people know us and care about our lives. But, truthfully, if you want to be a successful songwriter, most of your listeners will be complete strangers. They want to hear something they can relate to, feel, and identify with. That’s the great power of a popular songs

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