Sharing some of my CO-Writing tips
July 11, 2017 at 11:59 am #119198
Co-writing can be a great way to improve your own songwriting skills, come up with new musical ideas, and delve into areas you’ve never thought of before. Plus, learning to play well with others is also a skill that will be beneficial to you in almost any aspect of life.
In this article, we’ll look at three tips you can use if you want to co-write with other songwriters.
1. Find people with complementary skills
An important thing to do before you set out to find a co-writer is to determine what your strengths AND weaknesses are. And you will have both. Once you do that, you can figure out what you need from a co-writer.
For example, maybe you’re a great singer but you don’t write melodies well. If that’s the case, you’ll want to find someone who’s really good at melody writing. Figure out everything related to songwriting, recording and performance you can think of and decide what you and your prospective co-writing partners are good and not-so-good at. Some ideas to get you started may include lyric writing, melody writing, singing, guitar playing, production, arrangement and mixing.
When you start to find people who fill in your “weak gaps,” while you fill in theirs, you’ll really be able to come up with some solid songs.
2. Build relationships
You’re not going to find someone who you think you might like to write with, walk up to them and say “You’re awesome! Let’s write together!”
Think of it like dating. You wouldn’t just walk up to a woman and say “You’re beautiful! Let’s get married!” You want to develop a relationship first. You also want to think about what’s going to be in it for THEM? It’s not all about you.
3. Be open-minded
When you finally develop relationships and start working with other people and they throw out ideas, don’t shoot them down right away. At first, you and your co-writers shouldn’t be afraid to put EVERY idea on the table and then LATER those ideas can be edited or tossed. But up front you want all of your ideas floating around as possibilities. Don’t be judgmental about the ideas coming out. Just consider all possibilities and edit them later.
Conversely, don’t push too hard for an idea you think is amazing if no one else likes. Again, you want to be open-minded and work with each other. It’s not only about one of you, it’s about the group (or the two of you). Check your ego at the door.
It’s also usually best to share the credit for a song equally. Getting into figuring out the exact percentages could cause friction and you want to keep your songwriting group a well-oiled machine. If you do end up in a writing session where you’re doing 99% of the work, you may just want to not write with the person who only contributed 1% anymore. I find with songwriting that doesn’t seem to happen too often because once ideas start flying back and forth, it lends itself to songs being divided up pretty evenly anyway.For More writing skills college essay writingJuly 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm #119204
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.?September 12, 2017 at 4:18 pm #121082
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