The songwriting process varies from artist to artist, but if you approach it with a plan, it won’t take much time to produce a song. Songwriting is often intensely personal in content. When you create music, you are capturing the moods and emotions that resonate with you and putting them into a musical form. A fragment of a melody will suggest some words, or a chord, which will then give you an idea that helps you to start.
Melody: Try improvising a chorus melody. A melody is a tune that defines a vocal line or instrumental riff. If you want your song to be catchy, you’ll need a memorable melody.
Harmony: Once you have a melody, you’ll need to support it with chords. In songwriting, harmony generally takes the form of a chord progression. A song’s melody and chords play off of each other, each supporting the other. Experiment with different chords under the melody you’ve improvised.
Rhythm: Rhythm can be the most memorable part of a hit song. Rhythm isn’t just about drum patterns; each band member, from a lead singer to a guitarist to a saxophone player, must incorporate rhythm into their playing.
Once you have the melodies and chord progressions for each section of your song, you’re ready to write lyrics. You have to imagine a catchy bit of lyric that you believe might lead to an interesting song.
Structure: Most song structures alternate between verses and choruses. One of the most common structures is intro / verse / chorus / verse / chorus / bridge / chorus, but you can write a great song using a variety of formats.