Choosing A Collaborator
So now that you know where and how to publish your lyrics so that you are able to attract songwriters and musicians towards collaborating with you, you should also know how to screen the collaboration offers that will, hopefully:), come pouring down on you.
How to choose the right collaborator?! In my opinion, there are some qualities that a musician should have if you are going to surrender your song to him/her...
A musician should know his/her stuff. You don't want to work with a musician who doesn't know the first thing about music. Trust me on that one, some people think they can compose music while, in fact, all they can do is come up with nice melody for the lyrics. They might not even be able to write it down in music notation or know what scale it's in...etc.
Good musicians are those who know their way around music theory, chord progressions and scales. These people, and only these, are going to be able to handle writing music for your lyrics from A to Z until it's finally shaped into a complete song. Also, a musician who understands music theory can communicate with you better in the sense that he/she can take your suggestions -being as unprofessional or un-musical as they are- and turn them into real music ideas that can be incorporated successfully into your song.
Do you want to have your song recorded soon? If you really want to have a song out of your lyrics, you have to get it recorded. Now recording a song is not the unreachable difficult task you might think it is. To record a song, you just have to have a computer and some "musically-correct" voice (and ears) at the least.
Make sure the songwriter you choose to collaborate with is able to record a song. Great quality and professional sound are not necessary at all; at this point your not going for the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame ;)...You are just trying to make a demo out of your lyrics, so you can later sell yourself as a lyricist using that demo. Ask before you begin collaboration if your future collaborator can record songs or not.
Ask to listen to some previous work. You have to like the music this collaborator writes. Before working with someone, you have to make sure you love their previous work. Listening to your future partner's previous work will also give you an idea of their style and genres they like to write in. Make sure that you both like the same genres of music.
Make sure there is a real person out there. If you are collaborating over the Internet and you never met your collaborator, make sure you have complete contact information and full name...Never collaborate with an email and some picture! This is very important for legal purposes later, besides you have to be sure they are not going to vanish in thin air all of a sudden.
When you check for all these qualities and finally choose a collaborator, get to work with enthusiasm and never be afraid to share your ideas or object if there's something you don't like...
Enjoy writing your song and enjoy listening to it when it's done :)
I have over 100 songs, lyrics and music but don't play an instrument. I know exactly how I would want them to sound and would love to work with someone wbleepedwould want to try playing them. Any takers?
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Yeah! What he said.
In songwriting collaboration, shouldn’t the lyricist submit both the lyric and the rhythmic patterns of notation, less the various melodic pitches, to the musician? If rhythmic patterns of notation aren’t submitted (a dotted quarter note followed by an eighth note followed by two quarter notes is an example of a specific rhythmic pattern), shouldn’t those rhythmic patterns be so present and obvious in the lyric because the lyricist creates with such rhythmic patterns in mind and doesn’t create the lyric haphazardly? The lyricist doesn’t create the lyric syllabically. Corresponding lines in corresponding sections should not have only the same number of syllables, they should also have the same rhythmic patterns. A different rhythmic pattern for absolutely every measure doesn’t work as well as the repetition of specific rhythmic patterns does. Shouldn’t the lyricist create with these patterns in mind? Lines of accented syllables don’t correspond with lines of unaccented syllables no matter how well those lines may rhyme. Isn’t it important that accented notes be set to accented words linguistically for clarity of recognition? The lyric with a strict trochaic rhythmic pattern (lines of accented, unaccented syllables) uses only that one rhythmic pattern, but the lines are created with a rhythmic pattern purposely. Only contrasting sections should be different. And different rhythms help make different melodies. But corresponding sections should be identical rhythmically and musically. Shouldn’t the lyricist create and submit the lyric with at least specific rhythmic patterns in mind, and if so why not the notation, too? In any case, the one wbleepedsubmits first, supplies the specific rhythm, with or without the notation. Submitting free verse with regard to only line length and/or rhyme scheme--but not accentuation and rhythm--is easier. But when you leap that ascending octave and sound that whole note so loudly in each verse, the corresponding monosyllabic word accompanying it should be important each and every time.
well i dont think that the lyrics should have an obvious melody that would be boring and yes there should be a meter if thats what you mean you cant just slap a few words down on paper and call it lyrics. accented and un accented notes should correspond in the piece, of course, if not the song would be a mess of sound; not really a song at all.
That dictation of strict rules is so lacking creative newness and discovery. I hope no one feels so constrained during the creative process. blech