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How to Write a Song: Part 2 – Music Production Techniques

How to write a song
1. How to write a song Part 1: Preparation and Inspiration
2. How to Write a Song: Part 2 – Music Production Techniques
3. Music Production Techniques: Something by George Harrison

Discover Your Song's Soul

Unlock your song’s potential in “Insights on How to Write a Song.” Discover the essence of songwriting, working with producers, and crafting versatile music. Maximize impact, refine through testing, embrace imperfections, and authentically share your message. Send your song to see how I can help you as a producer.

Insights how to write a song part two

What is a Song?

A song is a brief musical composition that may incorporate lyrics. The way we perform the song is referred to as its arrangement. The process of recording it falls under the production aspect..

I thoroughly enjoy bringing to life your songs and making them shine, by diving deep into your most adequate chord progression, groove , background, timbre, and effect that will transport your lyrical line to a sublime climax. 

The Producer’s Role in Enhancing Your Music

My role as a producer is to listen to your song as a passive observer and compare what I hear with what you believe you are expressing. Together, we identify what can be improved and establish a musical solution to ensure that the audience hears exactly the emotion you want to convey.

When we compose and record our songs, we often reach a point where we feel satisfied with the results. However, at this stage, it’s essential to seek an impartial opinion to understand if our judgment of what sounds right has been successful.

When I assess a musical production, I can quickly discern whether it sounds right or not. My judgment is based on a simple premise: Do I understand what’s happening, or do I not understand it?

Some producers might label music they can’t understand as “bad,” but in my case, I don’t believe in bad songs—only songs that need refinement. If I can’t grasp what’s happening, I like to ask myself why.

There’s always a musical reason behind an unclear song, whether it’s the chord selection, structure, lack of motif development, volume, harmonic clashes, groove, and more. Therefore, there’s always a solution to make your song sound better.

I enjoy combining my skills as a composer, arranger, and producer and collaborating with songwriters to work together and achieve the ultimate sound, song, and emotional impact

Versatile Songs and Live Performance

I must emphasize that I prefer to work with songs that can be performed live, adaptable to different instruments and formats, and can be played at various tempos. If your song only functions within a full band arrangement and can’t be stripped down to just a guitar and vocals, then there’s room for improvement. Good songs should be self-contained and versatile.”

Maximizing Song Potential Through Recording

I adore great songs. We all know what a good song is because we all cherish them, and they endure as timeless hits. While it’s impossible to guarantee that any song will become a hit, it’s entirely feasible to ensure that your song becomes a unique reflection of the exact emotion you want to convey. In other words, your song must be presented to the audience at its full potential.

The studio recording essentially serves as a mirror projection of the core essence of the song. Recording won’t magically make a song better; it may give it a pleasing makeover, and you’ll initially notice an improvement. However, as you continue to listen to the song, if it doesn’t work well with just a voice and guitar, it won’t stand the test of time, no matter how much you invest in embellishing it.

The more unique you are, the more valuable your music becomes to others. However, it’s important to remember that uniqueness should also be accompanied by the ability to deliver both a strong composition and a solid performance.

Perfecting Your Song Through Testing

Part of the process of how to write a song involves testing the final result. You need to play it repeatedly until you’re satisfied with the melody, chords, and structure.

Perform it live and gauge the response from your audience. If the listeners lose interest in your song, then it’s time to revisit it and figure out why. It could be the structure, tempo, key, or lack of variation, among other factors.

Experiment with different versions until it consistently feels right every time you play it. You’ll know when you’ve nailed it, as you’ll be able to perform your song repeatedly without getting tired of it and always find something new to add while performing it live.

A Good Song: Versatile in Any Setting

A good song should thrive in various instrumental contexts. It should shine with just a single guitar and vocals, just as it would with a full orchestra.

If your song doesn’t work with just a piano and vocals or a guitar and vocals, it’s time to reevaluate and determine why.

Embracing Imperfections in Song Performance 

What do you do when you’re not satisfied with the way you play or perform your song?

I’m certain there are times when you don’t feel entirely pleased with your performance. It’s important to always aim for a sense of satisfaction in your vocals and playing.

However, don’t be too quick to judge your performance until you can play your song from start to finish. Embrace the subtle imperfections that emerge along the way. They should contribute to revealing who you are, showcasing your talent, your humanity, your uniqueness—all of which is what the audience is eagerly anticipating. They want to hear your uniqueness so they can become aware of their own and connect with you.

Authentic Message Sharing Through Music

Your interpretation should always revolve around conveying your message through the song, rather than merely filling the gap between you and the audience. When you’re just filling space, you’re concealing your true emotions.

Therefore, it’s essential to be genuine and convey your emotions using your personal musical toolkit. The more extensive your toolkit, the greater the variety you can express.

For instance, consider how to build to a climax without resorting to screaming. You can achieve intense variations in melody by elongating, shortening, shifting, or adding notes, among other techniques.

Interpretation is the vital element that brings a song to life. Don’t be misled by the mistaken notion in music production that the environment surrounding your voice somehow makes the song sound better.

Insights on how to write a song: Music Producer, Objective number 1

One of my objectives as a producer is to guide you towards your most sincere interpretation of your song. This will involve coaching you in the way you sing,  or play your instrument, to help you reach your maximum potential. 

For example: we can achieve a great variety in expression by just saying the words without any music and conveying only with groove and regular speech intonation the necessary emotion.  Once we have the desired expression with the words, that is you tell the story only with words and groove, then we can add the notes , or new notes to the spoken words, bringing further life to your expression. 

There are multiple ways of achieving your unique interpretation. The correct choice will depend on the style of music, and your melodic or rhythmic skills. 

I will love to work with you, send me your song and together we will create the final recorded version, that will live in your soul for ever.

Create and Complete

Another tip on how to write a song: Do not begin a new song until you have completed the one you’re currently working on. If you don’t, you may inadvertently find yourself rewriting it or delaying the gratification of finishing it.

This is a common process that should be avoided. Finish one song before starting another. You’ll recognize it’s done when you can play, repeat, sing it, and feel a sense of satisfaction and completion.

Music’s Universal Purpose

The goal of all music is to communicate a musical message to others, fostering a sense of communion. Words, melody, and harmony are among the raw materials we use to construct our performance.

Ultimately, the sole aim is to achieve satisfaction, enabling us to wake up the next day and repeat the process with a new song.

How to Write a Song Insights Summary

  • Music’s Objective: Music aims to convey a message and create a sense of communion with the audience through elements like words, melody, and harmony.
  • Producer’s Role: Producers guide artists to genuine song interpretations, emphasizing vocal and instrumental delivery.
  • Versatile Songwriting: Songs should be adaptable for various instruments and live performances, able to stand alone.
  • Recording and Authenticity: Recording enhances presentation but should reflect the song’s essence, emphasizing uniqueness and sincerity.
  • Perfecting Songs: Testing songs live helps refine them for a satisfying and complete composition.
  • Embracing Imperfections: Imperfections in performance can connect with the audience and reveal an artist’s uniqueness.
  • Authentic Interpretation: Prioritize genuine expression, using musical techniques to convey emotions.
  • Create and Complete: Finish one song before starting another to avoid rewriting and achieve satisfaction.
  • Continuation: Music’s ultimate goal is satisfaction, motivating artists to keep creating and sharing their messages.

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