R&B is one of the most popular genres on the planet. However, R&B can mean a lot of completely different styles. Over time, R&B songs adopted the elements of pop, hip-hop, and EDM, and they became more and more simple. So if we go back in time, we can find very different sounding songs in every decade that are still considered to be R&B songs. In this article, I will write about how you can write a contemporary R&B song.
When we start to write our first songs, let’s be honest, they really don’t sound good. Writing good songs can be hard when you just start out. Even if you are an experienced musician, you have probably noticed that it requires totally different skills than playing a song that is already written. Recognizing that our songs are not good enough is already a good step towards being better. But the question is, how can we improve and write better songs?
I wanted to write an article about this a little bit earlier, but it’s still not too late to write a Christmas song and publish it before this year’s holiday. Christmas songs are in a special category in music, and it’s a very divisive topic because many artists don’t really like Christmas songs. This is probably due to the fact that Christmas songs can be really cheesy and corny. But I do believe that it’s possible to write good Christmas songs, so let’s see what are the most common features of a Christmas song.
Funk is one of the coolest genres out there. It’s full of rich chords, exciting rhythm, groovy basslines, and nice arrangements. When we want to write a song in this genre, one of the most important things to consider is the chord progression. Funk music has a distinctive sound and one of the elements of this sound is the chords they use. So let’s see what chords are used in funk.
There are many ways we can start writing a song. We can start with a chord progression, we can start with the lyrics, or we can start with the melody. There is no right or wrong way to start it. Sometimes we have a melody and we want to add other components to the songs to get a full arrangement – for example, a bass line. So let’s see how can we add bass if we only have the melody of the song first.
If you are a beginner songwriter but you’ve already written a few songs, you probably realized that it’s not that easy. It’s not like you just sit down and your first songs will be good right away. Hopefully, you also realize that you shouldn’t give up because songwriting is a skill that you can develop. And one of the keys to becoming a successful songwriter is to write more songs. The question is: how many songs do you need to write before you come up with a good song? Here is my answer.
Many songwriters think that it’s better to write happy songs because people don’t really like sad songs. But it’s not true at all. People love sad songs. They listen to sad songs all the time. Because sad songs evoke more emotions and they help people cope with sad things that are happening in their life – for example, a breakup or a tragic event. So what songwriting tools we can use to write sad songs?
A funky groove is probably the coolest thing you can do with a bass guitar. And if you are writing songs in a genre that fits this bass style, you definitely need to know how to write a groovy bass line. Of course, sometimes you can trust your bass player to create a groove around your chord progression, but the reason you want to create your own bass groove is that a unique bass groove will make your song more unique. And of course, you, as a creator, want to hear the bass sound exactly how you want it to be.
Keep in mind that you can write a groovy bass in almost any genre. For example, even though I write Cuban-style salsa music, I like to write groovy bass lines. Listen to this song I write, and how groovy is the bass in it: https://bit.ly/3vNGlrD
Even though I don’t know how to play the bass guitar, many professional bass players told me that I can write bass lines as if I were a bass player. So let me show you how I create amazing funky, groovy bass lines for my songs.
There are many different ways we can start writing a song. We can start with the lyrics, the chord progression, or with the melody. But it’s completely possible to start writing a song from a bass line. In fact, maybe that is something that suits you better. Especially if you are a bass player. So let’s say you already have a great bass line. Now how do you find the chord progression for this bass line? Here are some useful techniques you can use to easily create a chord progression.
Writing a really good melody for a song is not an easy thing to do. In fact, even the most experienced musicians can struggle with it because writing songs requires a completely different skill set than playing music. Let’s be honest, when we try to write melodies the first time, they sound really bad. But why is that? Although there isn’t a quick fix for this, learning from successful songs can help us a lot in writing better melodies. There are many aspects of a good melody, but here are some of the most important things you need to consider if your melodies sound bad.