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WHAT TO WRITE FIRST… THE       LYRICS OR THE MUSIC…? THAT            IS THE QUESTION…By: Dan Amerson                  WWW....
AT LEAST, THIS IS A QUESTION       THAT RESONATES A LOT WITH        DIFFERENT PEOPLE. IT IS AN        IMPORTANT FACTOR, SI...
IF YOU’RE STARTING THE SONG      WRITING PROCESS FOR A NEW       SONG – ALL THINGS EQUAL –        STARTING WITH MUSIC WILL...
JUST TO BE CLEAR:By: Dan Amerson                  WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
MUSIC – THE INSTRUMENTS          AND THE MELODY FOR THE                    VOICEBy: Dan Amerson                  WWW.WRITE...
LYRICS – THE ACTUAL WORDS               OF THE SONGBy: Dan Amerson                  WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
IN ORDER TO BE COMPLETELY         OPEN WITH YOU, I HAVE NO       PREFERENCE AS TO WHICH ONE       YOU CHOOSE TO DO; YOU CA...
START WITH A HOOK, FIND A         FEW LINES, AND ALTERNATE         UNTIL YOUR SONG FINISHES.By: Dan Amerson               ...
BUT FOR ME, THE APPROACH        THAT SEEMS TO WORK FOR       ME IS MUSIC FIRST, BUT WITH            A BIG DISCLAIMER.By: D...
THIS DISCLAIMER WILL SOUND     LIKE A CONTRADICTION, OR A      PARADOX, BUT FOR NOW I’LL      TELL YOU WHY I START WITH   ...
MUSIC IS REALLY THE PALLET     FOR THE WORDS TO LIE UPON,      ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE      EVERY SINGLE PART OF YOUR    ...
ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR SHELL,       YOU CAN FILL IT WITH ANY     COLOUR, TEXTURE, OR FLAVOR      THAT YOU WISH (THE LYRICS).By...
YOU’RE ABLE TO MATCH THE        (PRE-DETERMINED) LEVEL OF         ENERGY FOR EACH PART OF               YOUR SONG.By: Dan ...
USING A POWERFUL LINE     DURING A POWERFUL PART OF             THE SONGBy: Dan Amerson                  WWW.WRITEYOURNEXT...
USING A MORE SUBTLE LINE         DURING A PART WITH LESS                  ENERGYBy: Dan Amerson                  WWW.WRITE...
THERE’S NO NEED TO CHANGE     YOUR LYRICS AFTERWARDS (IF      YOU BUILD THE LYRICS FIRST,     YOU OFTEN NEED TO CHANGE    ...
I’LL KNOW THE LEVELS OF              INTENSITIES AND WHERE TO                PUT THEM IN MY MUSICBy: Dan Amerson          ...
I’LL BE ABLE TO RE-CREATE THE         EXACT EMOTION I WANT             THROUGH MUSICBy: Dan Amerson                  WWW.W...
THE SONG WILL FIT BETTER IN        THE ALBUM, SINCE THE         SONG’S THEME WILL         CONTINUE FROM THE     PREVIOUS S...
BASICALLY, I’M TELLING A        STORY THROUGHOUT THE        ALBUM, AND EACH SONG      PLAYS A ROLE. IT ONLY WORKS       WH...
SO MY TIP FOR YOU IS TO      FIGURE OUT THE MEANING OF         YOUR SONG BEFORE YOU       START WRITING THE MUSIC,        ...
OF COURSE, WHILE YOU’RE        WRITING THE MUSIC, YOU’LL         HAVE LYRICAL IDEAS, SO        WRITE THEM DOWN WHEN       ...
TYPICALLY, WHEN I FINISH THE        MUSIC OF ONE SONG, I’LL       HAVE 20-30% OF THE LYRICS               FINISHED.By: Dan...
THIS MAKES THE FINAL TASK        EASIER SINCE I WANT TO       SIMPLY PICK UP THE LYRICS      WHERE THEY ARE, AND FINISH   ...
THE ORIGINAL POST:      WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSO      NG.COM/UNCATEGORIZED/W       RITE-FIRST-LYRICS-MUSIC-              QUE...
IN ORDER TO FIND             EVERYTHING YOU’LL EVER               NEED IN THE AREA OF              WRITING GREAT SONGS:   ...
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The Lyrics or The Music First... That Is The Question

As a song writer, do you ever ask yourself whether to write the music or the lyrics first? Both have obvious benefits, but find out what I do and why.

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  1. 1. WHAT TO WRITE FIRST… THE LYRICS OR THE MUSIC…? THAT IS THE QUESTION…By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  2. 2. AT LEAST, THIS IS A QUESTION THAT RESONATES A LOT WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE. IT IS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR, SINCE BOTH OPTIONS WILL REALLY CHANGE YOUR SONG.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  3. 3. IF YOU’RE STARTING THE SONG WRITING PROCESS FOR A NEW SONG – ALL THINGS EQUAL – STARTING WITH MUSIC WILL GIVE YOU A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT RESULT AS OPPOSED TO STARTING WITH LYRICS.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  4. 4. JUST TO BE CLEAR:By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  5. 5. MUSIC – THE INSTRUMENTS AND THE MELODY FOR THE VOICEBy: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  6. 6. LYRICS – THE ACTUAL WORDS OF THE SONGBy: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  7. 7. IN ORDER TO BE COMPLETELY OPEN WITH YOU, I HAVE NO PREFERENCE AS TO WHICH ONE YOU CHOOSE TO DO; YOU CAN EVEN MOVE BACK AND FORTH FROM ONE TO ANOTHER;By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  8. 8. START WITH A HOOK, FIND A FEW LINES, AND ALTERNATE UNTIL YOUR SONG FINISHES.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  9. 9. BUT FOR ME, THE APPROACH THAT SEEMS TO WORK FOR ME IS MUSIC FIRST, BUT WITH A BIG DISCLAIMER.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  10. 10. THIS DISCLAIMER WILL SOUND LIKE A CONTRADICTION, OR A PARADOX, BUT FOR NOW I’LL TELL YOU WHY I START WITH THE MUSIC FIRST:By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  11. 11. MUSIC IS REALLY THE PALLET FOR THE WORDS TO LIE UPON, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE EVERY SINGLE PART OF YOUR MELODY.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  12. 12. ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR SHELL, YOU CAN FILL IT WITH ANY COLOUR, TEXTURE, OR FLAVOR THAT YOU WISH (THE LYRICS).By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  13. 13. YOU’RE ABLE TO MATCH THE (PRE-DETERMINED) LEVEL OF ENERGY FOR EACH PART OF YOUR SONG.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  14. 14. USING A POWERFUL LINE DURING A POWERFUL PART OF THE SONGBy: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  15. 15. USING A MORE SUBTLE LINE DURING A PART WITH LESS ENERGYBy: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  16. 16. THERE’S NO NEED TO CHANGE YOUR LYRICS AFTERWARDS (IF YOU BUILD THE LYRICS FIRST, YOU OFTEN NEED TO CHANGE THINGS AROUND IN ORDER TO MAKE IT SOUND RIGHT)By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  17. 17. I’LL KNOW THE LEVELS OF INTENSITIES AND WHERE TO PUT THEM IN MY MUSICBy: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  18. 18. I’LL BE ABLE TO RE-CREATE THE EXACT EMOTION I WANT THROUGH MUSICBy: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  19. 19. THE SONG WILL FIT BETTER IN THE ALBUM, SINCE THE SONG’S THEME WILL CONTINUE FROM THE PREVIOUS SONG, AND WILL BE CONTINUED BY THE NEXT SONGBy: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  20. 20. BASICALLY, I’M TELLING A STORY THROUGHOUT THE ALBUM, AND EACH SONG PLAYS A ROLE. IT ONLY WORKS WHEN YOUR SONGS ARE IN ORDERBy: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  21. 21. SO MY TIP FOR YOU IS TO FIGURE OUT THE MEANING OF YOUR SONG BEFORE YOU START WRITING THE MUSIC, WHICH YOU’LL DO BEFORE WRITING THE LYRICS OF YOUR SONG.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  22. 22. OF COURSE, WHILE YOU’RE WRITING THE MUSIC, YOU’LL HAVE LYRICAL IDEAS, SO WRITE THEM DOWN WHEN THEY COME UP.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  23. 23. TYPICALLY, WHEN I FINISH THE MUSIC OF ONE SONG, I’LL HAVE 20-30% OF THE LYRICS FINISHED.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  24. 24. THIS MAKES THE FINAL TASK EASIER SINCE I WANT TO SIMPLY PICK UP THE LYRICS WHERE THEY ARE, AND FINISH THEM.By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  25. 25. THE ORIGINAL POST: WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSO NG.COM/UNCATEGORIZED/W RITE-FIRST-LYRICS-MUSIC- QUESTION/By: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM
  26. 26. IN ORDER TO FIND EVERYTHING YOU’LL EVER NEED IN THE AREA OF WRITING GREAT SONGS: WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COMBy: Dan Amerson WWW.WRITEYOURNEXTHITSONG.COM

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