Reply To: Sharing some of my CO-Writing tips
I have read your post thoroughly. And it is quiet much interesting. But you have described little few points. You can add some more points to like……
1. Even if your idea is small, believe in it
Give it a chance. Acknowledge and trust your own vision.
2. Bounce ideas off each other
If you’re not certain about your lyrics or a chord transition, ask your collaborator for advice. Getting constructive feedback is one of the biggest benefits of co-writing, so take advantage of it!
3. Be open to suggestions, new ideas, or angles
Experiment with many ideas, even the bad ones – that’s how you know you’ve found a winner! For example, try out several different melodies or chord progressions until you settle on one you both love.
4. Respect and trust what your co-writer has to offer
You’ve placed the seed of your unformed composition in someone else’s hands – now go with it! Rely on the fact that he or she can give you a fresh perspective. And you don’t always have to go with his or her suggestions, but at least acknowledge and show that you appreciate his or her help.
5. Take the lead in different areas
If you know that lyrics are your weak point, offer to focus your energy on strengthening the melody or coming up with a killer chord progression. And if your collaborator feels comfortable handling a certain aspect of the co-write, encourage him or her to do so! (But remember that you should still give each other suressay on all aspects of the song – you do have an equal say, after all!)
6. Give positive reinforcement
If your co-writer has just performed the piece for you, address all the elements you like first. Then, ask him or her what areas he or she wants to develop more. Refrain from judging any part, as it’s a work in progress.
7. Don’t shoot down ideas
Negative feedback can put a halt on creativity, so find a positive way to talk about your opinions. (Although, it’s important to trust each other enough to speak up if there’s something that’s really not working for you.)
8. Let the art take on a life of its own
It will grow into a song that you might not have imagined, but let it be. If you’re not totally thrilled with how it ended up, you can always write another one!
9. Don’t overwork yourself
At some point, you’ll both need to take a break and let it simmer. Sleep on it and get some space, then come back to it with fresh ears.
10. Practice the song together and let it develop
This can sometimes take months – and that’s perfectly okay. It can also be as simple as using your session to figure out the details of the melody and harmonies, or who plays which part.
11. Figure out the next step
Evaluate the process at the end of your writing session and after you’ve recorded a draft version of the song. If you’re happy with the results, will you be recording or performing it, selling it, etc.?