Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #7

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This post can also work as a way to break from the chains of writer’s block – but today’s topic is using haikus to improve your lyrics.

The beauty of the traditional Japanese haiku is the limitation of syllables per stanza.

As you can see, the pattern of the traditional haiku is 5 – 7 – 5, and is strict to it. Because there is now a level of consciousness about the amount of syllables you can use, one is more mindful to preventing a run-on of words in the song lyrics.

While using a lot of words to create a story is great, using a small amount of words to still get the same effect is by far better.


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Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #4

Use a non-lyrical vocal hook!

“What is that?” you ask.

You’ve probably have heard it a million of times in songs on the radio. It is when the lyrics (or lack-there-of) resorts to a sound. Like: ah, oo, oh, yeah, eh, ay, hey, etc. And perform that catchy repeated melody to those non-lyrical vocal sounds.

This helps a song writer by not only making the melody catchy and easy to sing, but breaks the language barrier allowing anyone that can make those sounds sing along.

You probably don’t want to include it on every song you write, but it is a great tool when you are in a pinch to make some ear-candy.


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Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #3

Here is a little reminder of a tip to use when going back and revising your lyrics:

Aims for emotional/psychological consistency. Meaning, the emotional connotations and suggestions of the words (literal or symbolic) all portray roughly the same thing. This might be tough and useless if you are planning on writing an epic poem of a song – but for short singles, this is really effective.

For example: if your song is about happiness and love and you say “I’d kill just to be with you my love” – well, there is some inconsistency. You have a song about love, but a word in the middle the suggests anger.

Look to be consistent ahead of your rough draft by making a word bank of words, and research common symbolism in literature as well as music.


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Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #2

Say you are in a group and need to get some lyrics done really quick for your next gig or recording session. What do you do? Where do you start? You have some topic ideas in mind and maybe some cool song titles, but the stress is crippling you.

Here is a step process you should use that aids in getting the work started:

  1. Imagine your concept. Begin brainstorming and come up with a word bank.
  2. Free write with no hesitation. Let this flow be your first draft.
  3. Edit what you have. Pick out lines that you like and start forming what you’ve written into stanzas.
  4. Repeat the process again, but with more focus and self-evaluation.

Seems easy as you read it, but it is an amazing process that will improve your lyric writing in a time-crunch.


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Improve Your Lyrics – Tip #1

While some composer’s in the past, and many still do today, use another person’s poetry to set the lyrics, there is a number of singer-songwriters today that are doing both tasks. So let’s talk about some ways on how you can improve your lyrics writing.

Today will be talking about object writing using your senses.

Object writing is pretty much as the name explains: choose an object you want to focus on in your lyrics and write about it. Simple enough.

Now, try to image your senses in the process to use descriptive and detailed words about your object. Your 7 (yes, 7) senses are:

  • Sight – what you see visually
  • Auditory – what you hear acoustically
  • Smell – what you sense with your nose
  • Taste – what you sense with your tongue
  • Touch – what you feel with the outside of your body
  • Organic – what you feel inside your body (like a cramp)
  • Kinesthetic – what you feel when you are in motion

This will make your lyrics more interesting and life-like to the individual listening to your next amazing song. So give it a try!

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