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Posted By: Scrump
21-Feb-07 - 06:17 AM
Thread Name: What makes a person a good songwriter?
Subject: RE: What makes a person a good songwriter?
mg, I agree it's possible for a songwriter to be too 'clever' in his/her use of words, or literary references, or whatever. These will appeal to some people, but if you are aiming for wider success, keeping it relatively simple is a good idea.

It doesn't mean such songs (using longer words, etc.) aren't good, though - just that they have a narrower appeal.

I've noticed a few references to writing songs 'with' or 'on' an instrument. It should be pointed out it's not necessary to use any instrument at all, when composing a melody. At least one well-known and highly-regarded songwriter deliberately avoids using an instrument, as this can constrain the melody by directing it down certain 'channels' which would otherwise not be the case. If it's helpful to you, then use an instrument, but be aware of the pitfalls.

(Speaking as a not very good songwriter myself!)