TakeLessons makes the idea of writing song lyrics a bit less daunting with 10 simple steps for musicians.
Online PR News – 14-December-2011 – – The late Amy Winehouse tribute album Lioness: Hidden Treasures has been making waves on the UK music charts, securing the #1 spot just days after its release. Although the posthumous album has had its share of drama and questionable reviews, the collection – with its mix of covers and raw, unfinished tunes polished up by the producers – seems fitting troubled, tattered life of the late Winehouse.
Since Winehouse was known for her powerful lyrics, TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to provide 10 simple steps to help musicians with the daunting task of songwriting.
The following is an excerpt from the blog post:
"1. Practice. Like any other creative process, such as playing guitar or programming synth sounds, lyric-writing is a skill that can be learned and improved upon.
2. Try to have a clear idea of what the song is about. Even better: try to sum up the essence of the song in one sentence.
3. Make sure the song has a clear structure and progression. This is particularly important in narrative songs (songs that tell a story). A quick test is to read the finished song through from start to finish, asking “does this make sense?”
4. Use context. Adding a back-story to explain the situation can add interest, and can change the entire meaning of any lyrics following it.
5. Use perspective. For example, a classic songwriting trick is to describe an event in the first verse, and add perspective by describing the emotions involved. Another viewpoint can put an interesting spin on an otherwise straightforward point."
By providing these tips for blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where they can also learn how to clean a guitar, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America's full-service music and voice lessons provider. With private lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in cities nationwide, students of all ages can start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2006 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers.