Give me your best song writing tips!
I've been trying to get into song writing but don't know how to start.
I've heard of multiple methods regarding what process people follow. Some starting with the vocal melody, others with lyrics. On the other side of the coin, some people start with the backing track first and then write the lyrics accordingly.
What method do you use and why?
My favorite method(conceptually at least) is from a band whos rhythm/lead section writes a melody/instrumental where after the lead singer writes lyrics to match his interpretation of the song.
This is where I get stuck. When I try and write a progression, it generally gets too busy for lyrics to be added.
On top of that, even though I enjoy long format writing, I struggle to express what I need to, when starting out with lyrics, to not have the lyrics reek of cheese.
Is it a issue of practice practice practice or are there some golden tips that may help?