10 tips for songwriting

Ian Yates

  1. Keep it simple.

  2. Use odd chords sparingly - if at all. The chords should add to the song not distract from the melody.

  3. Make time to be creative.

  4. Write from your heart.

  5. Be you. Don't try to copy anyone else - you’re unique.

  6. Read, learn and study. Keep growing, listen to great teachers, read great books.

  7. Great things take time. Usually songs come from a moment of inspiration and then a good period of perspiration.

  8. Write as many songs as you can. 20% rule – only 20% of songs we write are really great songs. For 20 great songs, you need to write 100 songs!

  9. Write for your church setting.

  10. Don’t be under pressure to write songs. Enjoy it; have fun.

2019 sees Elim Sound visit six nations partnering with Elim Global. We'll be leading worship, training and equipping worship leaders and building relationships with Elim Global partners, leaders and worship teams.
Recorded live at the Elim Leaders Summit 2018, We Say Yes is the latest album from Elim Sound.
Following the success of Higher, the first all age worship album from Elim Sound, a new album recording is in development for 2019. And they need your help!
The very first national Elim Sound Worship Conference will be held at Birmingham City Church in November.
Today sees the release of Elim Sound’s second single ‘Still God’ featuring Ian Yates.


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