5 Basic Keys to Write a Song

There comes that dreaded moment of the blank paper where you have to capture your ideas and form a lyric that makes sense carries your essence, and reaches your fans. We know that this is not easy. That’s why today, we bring you 5 keys that are essential to start writing a new song.

Artistic creations are one of the most comforting satisfaction, but it is also one of the most complicated jobs. Indeed more than once, you’ve had many ideas in your head that you wanted to organize well to compose a song, but then creates a barrier that does not seem to let you move forward and do not even know where to start. But, as country songwriter Harlan Howards said, “All you need to write a great song is three chords and the truth.” One way to write lyrics for a song is to increase concentration. Before writing, I suggest listening to some classical music to set your brain to work better. One day I needed to correct my essay, and I couldn’t concentrate. Listening to classical music helped me with that, and after that, I only did assignments on classical music.”

1. Define the foundation and structure of the song.

The first and most important thing before creating a song is to find the motive and purpose of why you want to make that song and the emotion you want to convey. Before looking for a lyric, it is essential to have already in mind what the structure of the song is going to be, verse-chorus-chorus-chorus-chorus-chorus-chorus-chorus? Yes, that is the most used and useful when creating music, but there is a great variety. The most important thing at this point is to experiment and play-making.

Once the structure is done, it’s time to finally shape the song and write the first chords to add the lyrics. As you create and put together the design, chords, and lyrics, visualize the song’s arc, that is, where you want to take it.

2. Get inspired 

We all have references and idols in the world of music that serve as great inspiration. That’s why it is very typical to start copying from heroes. Copying is a word that sounds pretty bad, but there are many ways of coping in the world of music, either by way of writing, rhythm, singing, even acting on stage.

Every year there are a couple or three songs that go viral and are a hit. Study them and find out why they are so successful and what has made them so popular. 

Taking inspiration from other musicians and songs works very well in those moments when you’ve drawn a blank and don’t have a single idea. The essential thing is to give it your personal touch.

3. Write down everything that crosses your mind

The best ideas come at any time of the day, so it’s essential always to have a notebook handy or write them down in your cell phone notes. If you prefer to record it on audio, you can always pick up your cell phone and pretend you’re talking on the phone while recording your ideas ? . Although your words may not make sense at first, don’t worry and try not to get obsessed with giving it a clear structure. Let yourself get carried away in creating a story, and the rest will come on its own. 

An excellent way to get story ideas is to read, and if it’s poetry or other song lyrics, all the better. It’s important to read aloud, studying the sonority of the words, and learning to enjoy the sound of them.

A great tip is to try to adapt your lyrics to different verses of your song to see if they fit well or not. 

All songs end up telling stories, and as such, these should be well structured with their introduction, knot, and outcome. Don’t make the mistake of composing part by part, first make a complete sketch of what you want to express, and then it will be easier to structure each piece well. 

And the most important thing at this point is to trust yourself. Don’t judge yourself, and just let your imagination flow. 

4. The chorus as a critical point 

“It’s my life, and it’s now or never. I ain’t going to live forever”, sounds familiar. That’s because the chorus is one of the most critical points of the song. It is the part of the song that is repeated and insists on the song’s main idea, and it is what hooks the audience’s mind the most.

The chorus must hook by its “tra tra,” either by the melody, lyrics, or production. You must keep in mind the song’s structure and see that the chorus is repeated several times, as this will be responsible for creating dynamic music and thus falling into monotony.

5. It’s time to record

Once you have the melody and lyrics, it is time to record your new song in a home studio. What is essential to build a quality home studio? Easy, it would help if you had a computer, a recording software (DAW), microphones, audio interface, headphones, wiring, a midi controller, and acoustic treatment to make the sound look good. On the other hand, if you prefer to look for something external, there is an extensive list of professional recording studios affordable to all budgets. 


Before recording the demo, you must rehearse and practice with your band or solo several times. Once everything is perfect, and you have the demo in hand, it’s time to find a producer.


Elissa Smart is an omnipotent demiurge behind PaperHelp’s blog. Driven by seething creativity, not only she helps students with particular research and writing requests, but also finds the energy to share her extensive expertise via blog posts.