What’s up, my friend the friends? Mr. Tyler Preston here back with another lesson for you in this video. We’re going to talk about how to make your lyrics flow when you’re writing a song. This is a question that I got from a Twitter follower. Just a couple of hours.
For I started shooting my videos for the week and I thought I would just kind of Riff on it for a minute. So to make your song lyrics flow. The number one thing that you need to do is see the story of your song in snapshots. Alright, so think about it like this a guitar. Excuse me. Think about it like this a song is kind of like a story and a story is
Of like a movie. That’s the most common way that we interact with stories as a culture. These days is by watching movies or TV shows. Now what do writers do when they sit down to write a movie or a TV show typically, they’ll write a script but once they have that script, which is basically just an outline of the story in the dialogue, right? The next thing they’re going to do is figure out how to visually represent that to their Audience by creating a storyboard. Okay, and the storyboard is essentially a comic
A bunch of snapshots of the different moments and the different ways that they’re going to make each of the scenes look you can use the storyboard concept for your song by kind of thinking of what are the visual images that you’re going to chain together throughout the song that are going to create the meaning within the the song and the story of the song even if a song doesn’t have a very strong doesn’t have a very strong.
Strong plot, you know like the song or all had to die by The Dixie Chicks is a great example of a song that has a very strong plot. It’s a gal talking about how her boyfriend has been bad to her and girls got to die and the song kind of follows along as She lays this plan to off him. That’s a very strong plot-based song contrast that with a song like, I don’t know what
What have I been talking about recently song lies? How about bat? You know a Bad Moon Rising think about Bad Moon Rising by CCR. I see the Bad Moon Rising. I see trouble on the way. I see earthquakes and lightning. I see the bad times today don’t go around tonight because it’s bound to take your life. There’s a bad moon on the rise. That’s not really a story. But we do have a narrator who is kind of worried about the present and the future and we’ve got sort of a
Chain of images of unfortunate signs that the narrator see we’ve got the Bad Moon Rising. I don’t know what a bad moon looks like I imagine. It’s kind of a yellow e ominous moon, right? So we got a Bad Moon Rising. We got earthquakes and lightning both of those are images. Each of those is a snapshot that’s been changed together to create meaning through the song So to get your song lyrics to flow. The first thing you got to do is kind of zoom in on what is the song
Going to roughly be about you know is and that could be that could be anything.
That’s it’s totally up to you to pick your song topic. Okay, Tha song topic could be about just about anything. But once you pick that topic start figuring out, what images are around that topic that you can kind of chain together a great way to do that is to just start with kind of a word collage or like a word board and start a word cloud. That’s the word I’m looking for. You can create a word cloud on a piece of paper. So we like say we
To write a song about a summer day. So we’re going to write summer day at the center. That’s kind of our topic right easy breezy, beautiful birds bees trees grass Blue Sky soft clouds and start getting all the images that associated with that for me a summer day. I love the image of a car a convertible somebody driving with the top down and
The her scarf flowing in the wind so scarf wind all kinds of word associations to create that collage then start to spin those out into lyrics grab your chords. So you grab a couple of words and then just let your
Let your inner Melody flow out make some word sounds make vowel shapes sounds with your mouth Birds to start shaping out a melody and a hot hand and a few words that you can lock into and then as you find a line that works right that line down and keep on trying to get more lines out when you find end.
Rhymes that work even better crosswalk Crossing and dry them out and stick another one on the end. Keep track of the lines that you cross out and save those in a scrapbook so that you can refer back to them later. Sometimes a line that you wrote for a song will sit in a scrapbook for years and then it will come out in another song further down the road and if you’ve got it in your scrapbook, then you have it to reach out and grab when you need it. So that’s another part of lyrical flow is kind of having a having a scrapbook or like a
Get full of half-written song ideas that you can kind of reach into and grab out of you know, I’m fond of comparing songwriting to being like doing Mad Libs, you know, you grab a couple of verbs grab a couple conjunctions and start sticking characters in there and start fleshing out various versions of a story you substitute a couple words in the story changes entirely. So, you know, I think that’s I think that’s pretty much how you get your lyrics to flow. There’s
Certainly more we could talk about it. There’s always more that goes into songwriting. It’s a unique and interesting out chemical reaction to be a part of I hope that answers your question there my Twitter friend, and you know what? I’m going to go ahead and bag out of this video here, but I’d love to keep talking about songwriting with you guys. So keep sending me questions. You can hit me up on Twitter at mr. Tyler Preston, or you can email me Tyler Tyler Preston.com. As always, please be sure to subscribe to the channel and
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