#4 My Top Ten Mistakes as a Songwriter The First Draught

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The first draught is your first spark of inspiration for a song, this is when you write down the lyric or record a basic melody, this can happen very quickly and it is important to have something to return to because it will be easily forgotten. I’m sure that you’ve heard a songwriter being interviewed on TV or the radio and being asked this question, how long did it take you to write the song? And the answer will go something like this! It only took me about 15 minutes and I scribbled it down on a scrap piece of paper! Every time I hear this, it just beggars belief, this totally trivialises the whole process, yes the first idea or first draught may only take 15 minutes, but it takes much longer to turn this into a competent piece of work, unless you want it to sound like “How Much Is That Doggy In The Window” and this song would still be better than your first draught.

Consider the first draught as a sketchy outline of your song for what is to follow, listen for a hook, and most songs will have to make some sense lyrically to connect with your audience. I remember singing a first draught for a girlfriend when I was a teenager, only to get the reply “that was nice” believe me nothing will deflate you more than that kind of comment. What you need is some kind of plan or a concept for the lyrical story. You must get this RIGHT!!!


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