Songwriting can come out of anything. The inspiration can be a result of anything and nothing at all at the same time. Most of the time, songs are made from guitars. It is the most accessible instrument, wherever you are, as long as you have the guitar, it’s all good. You can’t bring a piano with you everywhere. That is why the guitar is probably the most popular instrument that you could write a song with. Also, writing a song on a guitar is also much more comfortable and easier. Right now, I’ll tell you my way of writing songs out of a guitar.
Guitar Songwriting – 101
First, pick up your guitar and let your imagination and your creativity fly off the limits. Then conceptualize that idea into something that is playable on the guitar. You can think about the effects, the whole structure and stuff but also prioritize the backbone of the song. You could start with a bunch of chord progressions, a riff, a melody, a lick, or even a rip off of a popular song or just any existing song. Then, let it take you places. Build a chord progression out of it. You could start with a chorus or a verse but chorus usually works.
Guitar Songwriting – music and lyrics
There are no rules in writing a song. Once you have made a progression, add some words to it. Now this is the hard part. Personally I’m not a good lyricist. So what I do, whatever thought I have at the very moment, I write it down. And it’s funny that it would become a song and it would also sound good. Like some cryptic message underneath the lyrics but it’s just something I blurted out of the blue on the process of guitar songwriting.