1. Research on the Song Title:
Find out all you can about the Title till you get a firm grasp of it. The Internet is a good place to start. Or look for a good book on the subject.
2. Write Questions:
What questions does the song title suggest to you?
What do you want to say about your title?
What you think your listeners might want to know about it?
Make a list.
Your list might include ..............
3. Choose a Song Structure:
Currently, the most popular structure is: Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Bridge / Chorus. For more on this, visit MySongCoach.
4. Answer Questions:
Answer one question in the chorus and one in each verse. Select the question you want to answer in your chorus. For more on this, visit MySongCoach
5. Sing Song Title: Create a melody for the Song title by repeatedly singing it to yourself. You'll come up with something. Relax. Record the melody you have created. 6. Record Record Record!: When you are satisfied with the melodic emphasis you have placed on the most important words, let the Title be the last - or first - line in your yet-to-be-written Chorus. If not satisfied, work on your recording, being sure to stress the words you want to draw listeners' attention to the most.
7. Create Chorus: Leave the recorder on, if possible, 'cause you are about to work on the Chorus. Based on the melody you have selected for your Title, try to get an idea of what the rest of the Chorus will sound like by humming it into the recorder so you don't forget. Keep doing it till you think you have a sound melody for the Chorus.
8. Listen and Edit: Play back to yourself what you have recorded. Work on your melody again.
9. Add Words: Begin to insert words that make sense and that tally with the melody. By now it will be obvious that the approch used here involves starting with a melody and fitting in words. You may also choose to start with a lyric and fit music to it. It's up to you. Choose whatever works for you. You can shape the melody in such a way that it reflects the idea being expressed in the lyric. For example, remember the Christmas carol Joy to the World ("Joy to the world, the Lord is come")? See how the scale descends? Does it not symbolize the Lord's journey from heaven down to earth? Also notice how ("Let earth receive her King") scales upwards, symbolizing the reciprocal action of believers reaching up to accept the gift. Don't copy cat, however, so you don't end up sounding ridiculous. Just try to express the appropriate amount of emotion and message by stressing keywords. Also watch out for the style of the music. For example, a love song is not expected to have a quickstep march rhythm but a smoothly flowing melody.
10. Finish Chorus: Work on your Chorus till you are satisfied that it sends the most basic message about the Title.
11. Create First Verse: Switch on your recorder. Sing the Chorus till you can come up with a melody for Verse 1. Use the same technique listed above to work on your Verse 1.
12. Finish the Song: Do the same for Refrain, Verse 2, Bridge and Verse 3.