How to Write your Own Guitar Songs

So you want to learn how to write your own guitar songs eh?  Your creative juices are flowing and you want to take a crack at this song writing thing, but where do you start?

Well there really isn’t one right way to write your own songs.  If you were to ask 5 different songwriters how they do it, you will more than likely get 5 different answers.  Some will write the lyrics first and then the music, some do it the other way around.

I can share with you my process for writing a song. What I like to do is to first pick a key.  Lets say it was the key of C Major for instance.  The first thing I do is find out the guitar chords that are in the key of C Major.  There are a lot of chords within this key, but I usually try and stick with the basics that aren’t too difficult to play.  Here are some of the basic chords in the key of C:  C Major, D Minor, E Minor, F Major, G Major and A Minor.  The next step is to try and come up with nice sounding chord progressions in the key of C Major, perhaps something like C Major, D Minor, G Major, C Major for instance. Then I experiment with various strumming patterns and tempos until I find something I like.  I play it again and again until a vocal melody comes to mind.  I then try to come up with some lyrics.  I record this rough draft and presto a song is born.  I then let my musician friends listen to this rough draft so that we can all try and build upon it until we come up with a finished song.

This is just my process.  As I said, there is no one right way to write your own song. Check out the lessons below for more song writing tips and ideas. Enjoy!


Songwriting part 1

Songwriting part 2

How to Write a Song – Songwriting Tips and Chords of a Major Key

Web Pages

How to Write a Song

Top 10 Tips: Writing a “Hit” Song

Easy Song Writing

Forming Guitar Chord Progressions from the Circle of Fifths

How To Write Songs On Guitar

How to Write Music on the Guitar

How to Create Your Own Guitar Song

12 Keys How to Write Better Songs