What You Don't Know about Songwriting Collaboration
Even famous songwriters such as Kara DioGuardi, admit to the importance of collaboration in songwriting. In fact, it is highly encouraged to get better in the craft by working with other motivate songwriters in the industry.
Bouncing ideas of a work colleague or friends can often help to fine-tune a great idea, or simply reveal an idea to be a dud. In both ways, it will help them expand their writing skills and eventually grow not only as a songwriter but also a great collaborator.
Advantages of Collaboration: When it comes to songwriting, some people are just born with natural talent in creating music as well as words to it. To some songwriters, there might be an area for them that needs work.
Songwriting collaboration enables you to study the material that you wrote. When you write the song alone, you may not be able to get a clear judgment. If you have someone to work with, you can both find out what is best for the song.
Even the most popular of the songwriters know that collaborating is like having a co-pilot. Diversity is good because it allows you to fill one another’s weaknesses and replace them with strengths. It is a common struggle for songwriters to be great in one area but weak in another. For example, you find it so easy to come up with the verse and chorus in a snap, but it seems like torture to squeeze out the right words for the bridge. This is where you need someone to co-write with you. Eventually, you will find out who are the people you can best work with as well as the collaboration style that suits you.
Co-writing builds your trust and respect for other songwriters. As you discover yourself and what works for you, and who fits with your songwriting skills, you will learn how to adjust, adapt and respect other people’s ideas. In the long run, working with other songwriters will make you grow, regardless if it is a great or bad experience.
The talent does not cover up very poor people skills. Don’t forget that your attitude is important. The songwriting world is smaller than you imagine!