Songwriting Lesson: How to Start Writing a Melody against a Chord Progression

So while some songwriters start with lyrics first, others start with the instrumental part first.  If you write with a guitar, it’s not uncommon to start by strumming a guitar and stumbling on a cool chord or riff.   Or if you are a singer who doesn’t play an instrument, …

Songwriting Lesson: How to Approach Writing Melodies Based on Lyrics

If your songs start with words first, here are some basic ways to approach writing melodies to those words. First analyze the lines from more mechanical point of view: Where are the strong words/syllables? Which syllables are long/short? Next, figure out what kind of feeling you want to convey in …