8 Strategies For Music Producers To Write Catchy Songs

Apply These Music Theory Techniques & Become A Great Songwriter in 2021

If your goal is to compose catchy melodies that get stuck in people’s heads, you’re in luck because there are many proven songwriting tips to help you in this pursuit. All the advice you hear can range depending on who you ask, but usually, there are 8 concrete strategies to make this happen.

1) Stick to the Chords

It is always a great idea to begin your songwriting process by improvising on a set of chord changes and let some new melodies birth from the notes in those chords. Try not to write out 4 chords, listen to it on repeat, and change them because you feel like progression is “repetitive”. Instead, use the chord progression you’ve chosen to help write out your motif. The more you understand the feel of your chords, the better your melodies will be. Let it happen naturally by just singing or playing along to the chord progression.

2) Use Scales or Modes

 Make sure you study music theory and dive deep into scales and modes. Learn about: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, and Locrian. You don’t need to memorize each mode, but having a basic idea helps you come up with melodies by combining the notes from major or minor scales. The fact is, major scales and minor scales form the basis of most pop melodies. If you want to push further, try other kinds of scales like dominant and altered scale, or some modes.

3) Plan it All Through

Contrary to the heading, free-form songwriting can be liberating. However, you may find yourself composing better melodies when you start composing with a plan. Try writing your song’s chorus melody first and then work backward. Sometimes it’s wise to think about what kind of verse or pre-chorus melodies would best serve the chorus. You can then go ahead and add an intro section with its own unique melody.

If you are hitting writer’s block, try reversing chords in your progression, or switching into the relative major/minor. A simple switch like this can suddenly catapult your creativity and song to a brand new place.

4) Use Climax

Always bring in a high note that a melodic line touches once but never again—or at least not in that section of the song. Make sure that this highest note falls within your singer’s vocal range.

You can also go the opposite way by making your climax the lowest note in your melody. A sonic climax is a great tool as it subconsciously makes listeners want to hear it again and again. 

5) Avoid Leaps and Use More Steps

Most vocal melodies follow stepwise motion; this means that most notes are followed by a note that’s only a half-step or whole-step above or below. Great songwriters then mix in leaps (two whole steps or more), which stand out from the stepwise motion. However, it is clever to avoid as many leaps as possible. Make more use of steps instead of leaps and jumps.

6) Make Use of Repetition Wisely

If you come up with a short musical phrase, repeat it, altering the notes or rhythm slightly each time. Try inserting one different note on each repeat, or add some syncopation to the rhythmic pattern. You might end up with something far more interesting than if you’d just repeated the same exact phrase a few times.

The best melodies don’t feel repetitive as they tell the story of the song perfectly. If you’re able to capture a progression like this, you may have a hit on your hands. 

7) Compose Acapella

Acapella means without instruments. Composing songs away from an instrument is a great way to generate creativity or push past writer’s block. It’s also a great way to practice if you’re a vocalist. Try singing vocal lines into a recorder app on your smartphone. Then return to your instrument and transcribe what you sang.

8) Tap From Your Favorite Artists

Every artist does this, as it’s an important concept to understand why hit songs are so popular. Take some time and analyze your favorite songs and try to identify what it is about the melodies that make you like them. Use hit songs as a blueprint and borrow some of their techniques, whether that involves certain scales, leaps, or rhythmic patterns

Conclusion: 

You may not write a hit song right away, but if you keep at it, you might surprise yourself as it can happen faster than you think. Make sure to keep your output of music high and try to even write a new song every day. You can even hire a songwriter But, at the end of the day, the more music you write and the more practice have, you will eventually reach a point where you start making amazing music! 

Summary:
1) Stick To The Chords
2) Use Scales or Modes
3) Plan it All Through
4) Use Climax
5) Avoid Leaps And Use More Steps
6) Make Use of Repetition Wisely
7) Compose Acapella
8) Tap From Your Favorite Artists

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