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How to Write an Alternative Pop Song : How to Begin Writing an Alternative Pop Song

November 17, 2019


Hi, my name is Cody Kimmel. I am the lead
singer of the band Eliot Fitzgerald. I am here with expert village to teach you how
to write an alternative pop song. Okay, so you know the different tools that we need
to write songs. We have our notepad, or journal (or whatever it is that we are going to write
in). We have our pen. We have our instrument. We have our memories and we have a good knowledge
of the type of music we are writing for. We’re ready to go. So, now it’s time to actually
sit down and write it. So, how do we start out? The way I like to start out and one of
the most important things especially as a new songwriter. If you’re just starting this.
First find a comfortable and quiet place. For example, my room. I’m in my room. Actually,
behind me is a Texas flag that I’ve had since college. Things like this that are familiar
to you that aren’t going to distract you are things that are good to have as a songwriter,
because really when you’re starting to write a song you are going to get into a zone where
you really can’t be distracted easily. You will lose a lot of progress. So, you’ve got
that. You are in your comfortable room. Let’s say you already have an idea. You already
have like a chord structure. The best thing to do is you just kind of play it through
just for awhile. Let’s say you don’t have lyrics already. You have an idea maybe, but
you don’t have lyrics. You do have the chords and stuff like that. What you are going to
want to do is maybe even start humming just to come up with the melody. No matter what
the melody is going to be important, especially in an alternative pop song (humming and singing).
Even if you don’t use the melody that you are humming it’s going to be good, because
it’s going to start your juices flowing as far as getting a good foundation. Once you’ve
started to do that, get a good flow (get a good idea in your head). It will be time to
decide on maybe a song structure.

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15 Comments

  • Reply meetmebythestatue April 18, 2008 at 12:45 am

    this is terrible…

  • Reply Ryan Bretsch July 8, 2009 at 3:18 am

    somebody's juices should flow on that guys face

  • Reply INDIANBLANKET December 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    @TheAceOfTheCase I did, what was so funny?

  • Reply AmgNoWai February 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Playing 3 chords is hard dude, wow. Writing a song means knowing some musical theory, it involves logical thinking and of course inspiration and creativity. Lyrics are not mandatory when writing a song. It is possible to write a pop song which isn't talentless garbage, you may have influences from other genres no matter how different they are. Who the hell said pop is 3 chord crap with a retarded rhythm? I say you can make a pop song as musically complex and original as a classical piece.

  • Reply Simon Harnois August 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    when he strated playing his riff i thought he had 6 fingers 😀

  • Reply AmgNoWai September 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    @Cavenmusic It depends on the person, really.

  • Reply Cletten May 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    This is whatshername lol

  • Reply Jayce Dorleac October 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Has anyone read 'how to write a pop song' by Sidney Jones on their kindle?

  • Reply cassandra5322 November 24, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I searched for nickleshit and this video came up.

  • Reply Matheus Guerra January 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    que foda

  • Reply BTJ Gamers February 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    What chords is he playing

  • Reply AUPEA March 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    me wanting to write songs like twenty one pilots

  • Reply LIZZIE JEAN April 14, 2016 at 9:58 am

    what chords are you using?

  • Reply Vudujasman February 26, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Finally someone has actually given an actual idea to how to write songs

  • Reply Maowcraft November 1, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Fun fact: Alternative Pop is also known as Indie Pop, which is actually the more common name.

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