Songwriting Essentials: Tools and Online Resources
Before you get started, or while you’re in the process, there are a few things that can help make your life a little easier. Thanks to modern technology there are many incredible resources you can find right here online to help you when you’re writing a song. You may be stuck on a certain word or phrasing and you’re not sure where to go. We’re here to help! You don’t need a lot to get started, but there are a few resources that will help you while you’re trying to pen your song. Whether you’re starting your very first song or you’re an established songwriter, there are constantly new resources to help you. In this article, I’m going to explain the many different free resources and how they can benefit you!
Pen & Paper:
Everyone has their own way of writing. Some people prefer to type on their computers and/or phones, but others prefer the traditional way of writing with just pen and paper. There is no right or wrong way to write a song, but I find jotting down random ideas I get throughout the day on paper helps jumpstart the writing process.
We’ve touched on voice recorders and their importance in previous blog posts, but I want to show you just how easy it is to make a worktape straight from your phone. If you have an iPhone you have an app called “Voice Memos” built right into your device! If you have an Android you also have an app built into your phone labeled “Voice Recorder”! If you’re unable to find it, there are plenty to choose from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. If you have a computer that you use, you should be able to find a voice recorder built into your computer. If you still can’t seem to find a way to voice record, or just prefer the old-fashioned way, there are many options available for purchase in stores or online.
BuyDemoTracks.com will be your best online resource to use. From songwriting workshops, blogs to help improve your skill, creating custom demos, and promoting your song to potential recording artists, BuyDemoTracks.com has all the tools you need to get started on your songwriting journey!
Songwriting workshops are a great source to help you when trying to pen your song. You can find amazing songwriting workshops hosted by award-winning songwriters right here on Buydemotracks.com! You’ll learn different ways to improve your skill from some of your favorite songwriters from all kinds of different genres of music. Check out our website to learn more!
It’s very important that you understand certain words and their meanings. We have written a blog post that explains all of the essential words you need to know, but if you need to know anything more check out http://songchops.com/2021/06/songwriter-glossary/
Dictionary.com is my most used online resource! I cannot tell you how many times when writing a song I put a word I think fits perfectly, but when I check the definition it doesn’t mean what I thought it meant at all! That is where the dictionary comes in handy.
This one is pretty much a given, but thesaurus.com is going to be your best friend! When you go to the website, you’ll see the search bar and you can search for either the synonym of the word you’re looking for or an antonym. So many times you’ll be making a lot of progress on a song, but all of a sudden you’re missing that one word you need. On thesaurus.com you will be given a list of words to use and you’re able to select exactly what you were needing.
A solid rhyme scheme is essential to writing a great song. Sometimes you can forget rhyming words and that is where rhymezone.com comes in! All you do is type in the word you need to rhyme and search away! They have many different search options you can take advantage of that are guaranteed to help you get out of your writer’s block and carry on writing your song!
https://masterwriter.com/ is a software program dedicated to writers of all kinds! It contains many different tools that can help you.
Performing Rights Organizations:
https://www.ascap.com/, https://www.bmi.com/, and https://www.sesac.com/ are 3 different “PROS” and the purpose of a PRO (performing rights organization) is they are responsible for collecting income for songwriters and publishers when a song is publicly broadcast or performed.
There are so many more resources and tools to help you on your songwriting journey. Always seek out new and improved software, tools, and anything that might assist you if you need a little extra help when you’re ready to write your next song.