How to Write a Song

Remember when The Carpenters sang the song, “Sing a Song?” All they wanted to do was sing. They aimed too low, because they were so busy building houses. They should have been writing songs, too, and so should you.

What’s that? You don’t know how to read or write music? Don’t let that stop you from writing a song. “Write a song” is just a phrase. You don’t actually have to write anything. All you have to do is put notes together and then remember the notes in your brain, just like writing a novel is nothing but remembering words. Here is what you can do to put together the notes for you to remember into a song.

STEPS

  1. Sit down at a piano. This is where you can make notes. Pianos can be found in music studios, classrooms, churches, your grandmother’s house, piano stores, and hanging off the sides of apartment buildings.
  2. Press the buttons on the piano. This is how you make the notes come out. The buttons send a signal to the computer inside the piano to make the sounds. The white ones make light sounds and the black ones make dark sounds. You can press the buttons together if you want to make combinations of notes. These are called “note combos.”
  3. Figure out the order of the notes. Start with the so-called “mental C,” and then try the other notes. As the name indicated, “mental C” can be found just by thinking about it. Press the buttons around it. See how those sound. Eventually you’ll hear some notes you like, and you can put those together.
  4. Keep putting the notes or note combos together. Once you have about 10 or 12 good ones, you’ll basically have a song.
  5. Add some words to your notes. It’s not a song without lyrics! Some good ones to go with your song might be the lyrics to “Bad Romance” by Lady Googoo. She would probably be honored to know you put her words to your song!
  6. Record the song. It will then go up on iTunes and you will be a famous songwriter. Congratulations!

TIPS

  • If piano is too hard, you may want to try writing your song on a guitar or a xylophone. Guitars are so easy to play that guys who don’t know how to do anything else do so all the time on college campuses and in public parks. Xylophones are often played by cats as a ploy to catch mice. You should watch out for that one note that makes them explode.
  • You may accidentally write a song that is someone else’s song. If you do so, change one note and you will then not go to jail for song theft.
  • If you get good enough at writing songs, you may want to go to the next step and write a symphony or an opera. Those usually have 50 to 60 notes each, so be sure to carve out some time to write those.