Does recording a song the same day you write it sound crazy? If not, then this post is for you. Here we’re going to walk you through everything you need to write, rehearse, and professionally record a brand new song all in one day.
Let’s dive right in shall we?
How to get started recording a song
For the sake of this article, let’s say that you have never written a song of your own before. Songwriting is an art form that allows you to package powerful emotions into a short and consumable format.
Many people mistakenly believe that songwriting is something that comes in a magical bout of inspiration, but in reality, it comes through process. Like any process, writing a song needs a place to start, and every song needs to start with an idea.
Finding an idea for a song
Sometimes simply wanting to write a song is more than enough of a reason to start, but you’ll still need something to write about. Coming up with new ideas, also known as ideation, is a process that can be learned and repeated.
So how do you come up with a new song idea?
The best place to start making any new piece of content like a song, music video, or even a blog is to think about your audience. What kind of a person do you want to like your song? Why do they listen to music? What happens during their day?
Create a list of answers to these types questions and then start to think about how you could connect with these people through an idea. Music is all about emotion, try focusing on an emotion that these people are feeling and dig down to the common core of why they’re feeling it. Start collecting all these reasons and emotions in a notebook so that you can visualize your idea as it forms.
The best way to ensure that you actually come up with an idea and don’t waste time is to give yourself a time limit. Your ideation process shouldn’t take more than two hours to do correctly. Once you’ve settled on an idea and direction that you would like to take the song, you can start to plan on how you’re going to write it.
How to write a song (Lyrics + Music)
Now that you have an idea that is going to connect with your audience, it’s time to start writing the actual song. There are a ton of really great in-depth tutorials out there that can help you with this which we have listed below.
This is a great collection of resources to help you write songs at every stage. Use this guide as a reference point.
These guys did a great job making this songwriting guide, it’s top notch if you have never tried to write a song before.
This is a roundup of all the songwriting posts from Musictech’s excellent blog.
This is a very technical and in-depth guide to songwriting that provides you with just about every tool that you need to write an incredible song from the bottom up.
This guide gives you the anatomy of how to write a song from the perspective of a guitar player. It’s very detailed and helpful.
Don’t let all these resources overwhelm you. Actually, sitting down and writing the first draft of a song shouldn’t take more than a few hours. If you have the mindset that you’ll be able to workshop and improve the song later, you can really get down to business.
Learn to play/sing your song
Now that you have your song, the next thing will be to learn it. The trick to being able to record a song the same day as you wrote it is to not make it too complicated. The technical musical aspect shouldn’t be more complicated than something you can pick up in a few hours.
Many songs are similar to each other musically, so try to do yourself some favors in this department to work more quickly. The majority of the time you spend in this phase should be spent memorizing lyrics and making yourself familiar with how to sing the song well. Here is an excellent tutorial that explains how to memorize a song very effectively.
When you feel a basic level of comfort around your ability to play the song, then you should start looking for a place to record.
How to record a song fast
Okay, you’ve just written and rehearsed your awesome new totally original song, now it’s time to record it. You could, of course, break out your laptop and start recording right then, but why not go for gold?
Professionally recording your song in a studio will take it to a whole new level of quality. Renting time at recording studios has become easier than ever before, what use to take hours now takes minutes with the help from technology. Because you’re only going to be recording one song, you might not need a few hours and could get away with not rent the studio for a full day.
Benefits of renting a recording studio
When you rent time at a studio, you’re getting access to much more than just professional equipment. Each studio will have sound engineers and other specialists available to help and advise you. The space will also be optimized for recording which ensures that you have the best sound possible.
Once your song is recorded, it will need to be mixed and mastered. Mixing and mastering in the studio for a single song should only take a few hours, and you might even be able to get them to work on it that day. Waiting for a few days to get the final product isn’t that big of a deal if they don’t have time to work on it right after your session. What matters is that you were able to get it all done in a day! Albeit a long one.
Congratulations! You successfully wrote, rehearsed, and recorded an original song all in a single day! Now that you’ve proven to yourself that it can be done that quickly, it will be much more difficult to procrastinate in the future. While this probably won’t be the best strategy for every song you make, it’s a good trick to have up your sleeve.
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