Taking The Idea In Your Head And Turning It Into A Song

Author: Ed Cupler


What did you do last time a cool idea for a song started playing in your head? Be honest with yourself here. Was that song then perfectly transcribed and professionally recorded note for note? Or did the melody fade away with all the others potential songs that came before it?

Now that’s the big question, once you have a song idea in your head, what should you do next?

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Before I tell you what I would suggest, take some time to open up a word document and write a list of your own thoughts or ideas. It only takes a couple minutes and I promise you will learn more from putting in a little extra work now.

Are you finished writing the list? Good! Now lets review what some of your answers might be.

Perhaps your first thought was to reach for your phone and record your ideas that way. Not a bad idea, but theres something else you should do first.

One of your ideas might be to continue thinking about the song and developing it in your head. You may have also thought to grab the nearest recording device to capture the short melody. Or perhaps you are reaching for your instrument to start transcribing what’s in your head as quickly as possible.

While of these are all okay ideas, I will tell you right now that they are not the best ideas. The best idea is something you may have never considered before, so watch the video now to ready yourself for your next burst of inspiration.

So how many of you had previously thought to do this before? And how many of you are only hearing this now for the first time? Let me know your thoughts on all this in the comment section below.

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a professional guitarist and guitar teacher. Visit Tommaso’s site to know more about how to write music

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