How To Write Songs

Workflow - Songwriting

  • Create the musical idea (guitar or piano or vocals)
  • Write the lyrics (poem)
  • Write the music (chords for verse, chorus and bridge)
  • Arrange the intro, verse, chorus, bridge and ending
  • Match the lyrics to the music and adjust key for vocalist
  • Setup the drum track or use drum machine for recording using correct tempo
  • Play the bass guitar to the drum machine or metronome
  • Play the rhythm guitar to the bass track and drum machine
  • Play the keyboards to the guitar tracks and drum machine
  • Sing the vocals while listening to all of the audio tracks using headphones
  • Play the lead guitar to the drum machine, audio and vocal tracks
  • Upload all tracks except drums to the PC
  • Create drum track on the PC according to DAW drum tempo
  • Download the drum track from PC to DAW
  • Mix tracks on DAW
  • Master tracks on DAW
  • Create CD using DAW
  • Review on different CD players and re-mix and re-master if necessary
  • Copy master CD to PC
  • Add track artist information to CD
  • Create CD from PC using LightScribe to add artist image and text to CD
  • NOTE: There are many ways to write songs but this is the basic workflow that we employ. We use this approach because it is more productive and conducive to our studio.
  • Written by William H. Bradshaw