A song worksheet can help you do quite a few things:
- Start a song
- Build a song structure you’ve never tried before
- Discover what’s not working with your song
- Try new genres by simply using a redesigned worksheet
Worksheets can help work you through specific song elements, or create an entire song. We’ve gathered a few to help you get started.
Start With A Song Outline
Firstly, a song outline can help guide your lyric by being concise and to the point. Secondly, it can get you to the crux of what you’re trying to say in a clean presentation of the song information. And finally, it can help you create a process for your songwriting.
More Songwriting Worksheets
- Song Idea & Rhyme (Worksheet & Instructions) – these worksheets provide instructions and a template to outline your song idea and guides you through finding key words for your song, and rhyme options using a rhyming dictionary. Because they are an an adaptation of Pat Pattison’s rhyming exercises, they work well with his book Songwriting Without Boundaries.
- Song Idea & Rhyme (Worksheet Only) – these are the same worksheets as above, but without the instructions. You can print these worksheets when you’ve got your flow down!
- Song Analysis Worksheet – handy worksheet to help you understand the ins and outs of a song by breaking it down into key elements. Pick a song you like and see what makes it tick!
- Easy Critique Worksheet – I use this to self-critique, and it’s a simple tool for hanging with other songwriters and doing critiques for feedback that keep the conversation on point. It uses a number system and helps guide the conversation around key song craft elements.