Writing music can be a daunting task when faced with a blank slate. While a degree in music theory may be advantageous, it’s not a necessity when there’s a whole host of free content online to help you take those first steps.

Be it lyrics, melody or software you need to help you start or perfect the craft, YouTube is always a great tool.

You’ll gradually work out your own writing style depending on what works for you. Some artist’s prefer to start with an intro, some will put down a catchy hook and build around it. Be sure to jot down any ideas that come to you as soon as possible, before you forget them forever. Voice Memos is your friend.

Make sure you stick to what you know. It’s easiest to follow a genre and lyrical subject you listen to and know a lot about. Gain inspiration from multiple sources, ensuring you don’t word-for-word, note-for-note copy an artist’s work.

That being said, sample/loop packs are an easy way to give your music a base layer before creating an original twist on top. Make sure you’re clued up on how to correctly credit any original writers, understand the licenses on offer and know which stores/countries you can legally publish to.

Collaborating can be a great way to get fresh ideas from another perspectives. When it comes to publishing, two fan bases means twice the audience. Just make sure your project doesn’t get too over crowded. Simplicity is key.

You won’t come across fame and success first time. Build from experience and feedback. Learn what works for you. Take your time, step away and come back to a piece with fresh eyes.

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