I’ve always loved writing songs. I write a piece of a song almost every day. A chord progression. A melody line. A lyric. A beat. For a long time, they went uncaptured, lost to the black hole of incomplete songs. I’ve learned that if I want to write, complete and share songs I’ve got to set some time aside for a songwriting session. Here’s how to get started.
Schedule The Time
The inspiration that strikes when you’re driving to work is great but without some actual concentrated time, that idea will never grow into a song. For me, songwriting goes on my calendar along with all of my other appointments and tasks. Right now for me, this time is 9:00-11:00am on Thursday mornings.
Find A Good Space
Bring The Right Gear
Bible – When I’m writing songs for our Church I want them to be absolutely saturated with the Word of God.
Notebook – Sometimes ideas are best fleshed out when they’re actually written down. I prefer to go sketchbook style.
Computer – Notebooks are great but I need a central place for all of my ideas. Audio clips are recorded through the QuickTime Player on my Mac. Lyrics and charts are kept in Evernote. Often times I’ll use the stock mac application Photo Booth to record videos of guitar parts I’m afraid I won’t be able to remember.
Phone – Song ideas often start as voice memos on my phone. I’ll collect them and import them into iTunes.
Mic – Weather you’re recording an audio clip with QuickTime or a video clip with Photo Booth they’ll sound awful with your computer’s build in mic. Get a simple mic set up. I use this USB mic made by Blue.
To Think About…
Where could you go?
What do you need to bring?
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