Where should I take the second verse? Should I switch to first person? What is the chorus missing? Is my set-up line better using the opposite technique? Songwriting choices. Many are conscious, and many are made so fast we don’t realize we’ve made them. But no song can be written without making choices. Many writers approach writing by intuition, without making conscious decisions: whatever comes out they insist is “great” and “perfect,” inspired, perhaps, by a life event. It feels real to them. They spill the words out on paper as if writing a diary entry and wouldn’t dream of changing a word.
When I began teaching and mentoring writers, I realized that my approach to teaching would follow a different path than what a college professor might take. How could I not? Being a full-time songwriter makes my perspective different. No time for theory or cleverness. No, I have to be real. Be interesting. Impactful. When the rubber meets the road, I have to deliver. So, I wanted to teach what’s real and what’s going to help aspiring writers get better at writing!
So, I began teaching from Questions, because knowing what questions to ask while writing is Job #1. Job #2? Choosing from all the available options. Should this be 3 BPM’s faster? Should I change the third chord to a minor? Does this song need a bridge? How you answer hundreds of questions develops you into the writer you’re meant to be.
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with more than 15 years of experience in music production, mix and mastering, recording engineering, live sound designing/engineering, lyrics writing and music arrangement. He has produced more than 800 and written more than 2000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.