Is it worth the hassle to evaluate your songwriting strengths and weaknesses? In most cases, improvement is possible if certain areas are identified and addressed. When you know what parts of your writing are weak, you can work on them directly. Alternatively, you can begin looking for someone with the necessary skills to work with. The ability to write is not something you’re born with. In more ways than one, the way you use your talent, and the attention you give to it, determines how successful you become.
To help with your evaluation, here are some areas where you can determine your strengths and weaknesses.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Concentrate on your strongest areas. Those are the areas where you already excel. You can accomplish anything if you keep improving. As far as areas of weakness are concerned, they present challenges and growth prospects. Alternatively, if you would rather focus on areas that are more natural strengths, try to find someone who is strong in these areas and collaborate together.
Using these five areas as a guide, you should make an honest assessment of the song:
Accessing your lyrics, and your way with words/rhymes is important. You don’t need a huge vocabulary. The important thing is to develop the ability to express feelings, characters, and stories within the structure of a song, in a musical manner.
The importance of melody should not be underestimated; songs without strong melodies can’t be very successful. In many ways, songwriting is regarded as a natural gift. It’s true that some melodies can be difficult to compose, but I know that they can be improved. Examine your melodies independently. Do they appeal to you, are they intriguing, do they fit the style of music you’re writing?
It is not uncommon to find good songwriters who have a limited harmonic vocabulary. Although there are fewer than four chords at their disposal, writers need to make use of them in an intelligent and effective way. Having a good understanding of harmony is a valuable skill, and it also happens to be easy to learn. Adding chords is as easy as adding notes. Would you be able to devote some time to obtain some additional tools if it were a weakness?
Would you be able to break down the structure of a song you like, or that you’re currently writing? The track may be described as a series of verses, choruses, bridges, etc. In order to communicate well among co-writers and have a good understanding of the various styles and genres of songs, every songwriter should have some understanding of structure.
Now, songwriting includes this element. Pop, EDM, Hip Hop, and other contemporary styles require familiarity with music production and recording or collaboration with someone who is. When you compose in more traditional styles, the song and production are more separate. It will be necessary for you to record your music at some point.