How to write a song – The Two Methods Continued

How to write a song – The Two Methods Continued

Method 2: First melody, then words

This method is my personal favourite and also an easier method to start with when writing a song. For me, creativity starts with hearing, then seeing, and then doing (Rom 10:17). Thus, it seems to be logical, again for me, to start with the melody-line when writing and/or composing a song.

Below are the advantages and challenges:


  1. Getting a melody is easy, but getting a catchy melody is very difficult. This is normally the part that draws interest to the specific song or not. If you listen to the radio you will take note that the most successful songs’ words are not always that of a well-appreciated poet but rather a person that just share ideas.
  2. Secondly, getting the melody first requires some sort of musicality to put the creative idea into a physical form. Everyone can hear a melody but not everyone can convert it into the recording form.
  3. Thirdly, a songwriter can sometimes get too caught up in melody and subsequently, under-appreciate the importance of the right words.
  4. Fourthly, once you have received the wrong melody, it takes some effort to remove the tune from your head, and allow a new melody to take its place.
  5. Lastly, it happens sometimes that you copy a well-known song without your conscious mind recognizing it.


  1. Getting the melody is one of the most difficult parts of composing a song and subsequently, knowing that the most difficult part is out of the way, you can start off with a very excited and positive “note”, which is essential if you want to create a “topping the charts” song.
  2. Secondly, it is easier to fit the right word choice into the melody. There is nothing more disturbing to the ear than words that are clearly forced into a song.
  3. Thirdly, a catchy tune does not need technical lyrics to capture the audience.
  4. Lastly, a song without words is more of a song than just lyrics. Doing the melody first has the effect of your song 80% finished.

To conclude, it is necessary to again emphasise the fact that songwriters have different things that inspire them, thus, this discussed two methods are mostly subjective, and I am subsequently not making a law of my viewings. If you make creativity all about rules, then you are busy with everything but creativity.

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