Beyond Music Lessons: How to Write Music

Local music lessons are necessary for understanding the fundamentals of making music, but actually writing music is something that is done on your own. Here are some guidelines for writing music.

Invest in Music Lessons
Music lessons will help you learn how to read music and play instruments. Without knowing how to read music or play an instrument, you will not be able to actually write music. As a beginner, music lessons will drastically improve your music-playing abilities and will familiarize you with reading sheet music. Once you can read and play basic notes and chords, you should be able to incorporate the notes you have learned into your own music.

Expand Your Taste in Music
Although you will be exposed to music in your music lessons, listening to a wide variety of music on your own will allow you to experience different emotions created by different styles of music. Expanding your taste in music is like broadening your horizon: the broader your horizon is, the more directions you are able to take when writing music.

Find Inspiration from Your Own Experiences
Write about what you know. It is better to use real experiences rather than try to make up dramatic situations you think will interest the listener. Making up situations will cause your song to sound corny and unrealistic, whereas incorporating your own emotions into the song will result in music that sounds genuine.

Write One Piece of Music per Day
Writing music daily will force you to become accustom to the act of writing in general, making it easier for you to effectively communicate your emotions. The easier it becomes to write a song, the easier it will be for you to effectively communicate your emotions through your music to the listener.

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