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.

Rebecca Scott shares about the first Elim Sound Dance Workshop
Suzanne Hanna and Fiona Crow share about their recent trip to the Philippines for this 4 day conference.
‘Light in the Darkness’ EP is a collection of songs written by the kids and adults from Coventry Elim, birthed through words spoken to and over the children.
What songs are you planning to use during your Easter services?
Over the ten days the team visited Chennai, Bihar and Bangalore. Leading musical worship to thousands, training hundreds as well as speaking at three Aspire Events and visiting church projects.


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