How to Write a Great Rock Song to Record

This is a page that shows you everything you need to know about writing a rock song, from lyrics, to music, and even recording! It will take you step by step on how to write your song. Let's get started!


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    First, focus on the music. I like to start with this because it gives you a beat. Sometimes you may want to alter the beat to fit the mood of the lyrics.
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    Once you find a basic outline of music you want to use, move on to the verse lyrics. I start here because it gives you a basic idea of what you want to build your chorus on.
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    After you tie your verses in with your chords, you can move onto the chorus. This is where you put your main idea goes. In most cases, the phrase repeated most in the chorus ends up as the title.
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    Then, I like to focus on the bridge, or coda. This is usually a short, 2-6 line outro to the song. Usually this raps up your idea, that way it sounds good when you play the chorus again.
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    If you want to add an outro, it is usually the same chords as the intro. Sometimes there are lyrics here to, but not usually.


  • Play your song for other musicians. They can usually help you fix and clean your song up so it sounds a little better.
  • Playing an instrument really helps. Even a basic background can help other musicians help you perform it.
  • A karaoke machine is the next best thing if you don't have a recorder. This is where you can really see what your song sounds like.
  • Sometimes, if your verses and chorus don't tie in together nicely, you can add a pre-chorus. This is where you put lyrics that tie the verse to the chorus.
  • You can even alternate the beat and lyrics from verse to verse and chorus to chorus. This usually works for me, and it is used by a lot on pro's.
  • If it's your first song, consider writing it in the key of E because the only note you can't play is F.


  • Try not to copy the same phrase over and over. Keep it fresh. This adds a nice touch to the song.
  • Avoid plagiarism. This is where you copy things from other songs without permission. Play it for others, they can usually give you tips and pointers on how to translate your song so it doesn't sound like someone else's work.
  • If you don't get it good the first time, don't give up.
  • Don't rush. Take your time.

Things You'll Need

  • An instrument
  • Patience
  • Effort
  • Recorder
  • Luck
  • Your Brain

Article Info

Categories: Songs and Song Writing