In this video, we’ll use Hookpad’s Lyrics tool and record tool to write a simple verse. Of the three main elements that form the basis of a song, lyrics, chord progression, and melody, there’s no right or wrong place to start. In this video, we’ll demonstrate starting with the lyrics, then writing the chord progression and then finally the melody. We write the melody last because melody relies both on the lyrics to guide its rhythm and on the chords to guide its notes and pitches. So if you’re a beginner songwriter this can be the easiest way to start. Lyrics will naturally set the rhythm in cadence of your melody by determining how each syllable lines up with the beats in each measure. An average melody has around four to five syllables per measure, but depending on the number of syllables in your lyrics this could be more or less. A good way to figure lyrics to measures is simply to say them aloud to a beat. It sounds like we’ll need about four measures for this verse. You’ll notice when I was forced to actually say the lyrics to a beat, I naturally gave them a rhythm. This could be a good way to define a rhythm if you don’t know where to start. To get this rhythm into Hookpad we can use the record feature which allows us to enter in a rhythm by tapping on the keyboard. After pressing record, Hookpad will give four beats and then begin recording. While it’s recording, let’s say the lyrics out loud while tapping out each syllable on the keyboard. You can use this feature to enter in actual notes but for now, we’re just interested in capturing the rhythm so we can tap really any number. I’ll tap the number one. “There is a place, where the sidewalk ends and before the street begins.” Next, click the show lyrics checkbox and type in the lyrics. Hookpad automatically partials the syllables in each board and fits them to the notes. If you’d like to manually separate the syllables in a particular word, you can use the hyphen key to designate syllable breaks. If you would like a note to have no lyric, use the underscore key and Hookpad will skip a note before continuing. In the next video, we’ll finish this verse by writing the chord progression and then adding the melody to these lyrics, so stay tuned!