By Jack Sinclair
Writing freestyle is just like composing
any other music... with one major difference -
you gotta think on your feet. It's a mix of improv,
songwriting and a whole lot of style.
Here are some basics to speed you through
Know What You Want To Say
- What do you want your song to be about?
- Think of it as telling a story.
- Once you have your story, focus on developing it line
by line. As your skill develops, you'll be able to do this
- Don't get too caught up in the
meaning of each line when you are freestyling.
- Concentrate on the whole, getting your
story or message across.
Consider Your Audience
- Who are you writing for?
- Identify your audience and compose accordingly.
- For example, a live radio audience may have language limitations
that an underground club doesn't.
Learn How to Rhyme - Flock, Sock, Dock
- Create new rhymes or try to use rhymes
that haven't been done to death or sound ridiculous.
- Keep a notebook:
- You never know when inspiration will hit, so keep a notebook
handy to write down ideas for rhymes.
- Avoid rhyming ‘traps':
- For example, nothing rhymes with ‘orange',
so don't end a line with ‘orange' -
you won't be able to rhyme your way out of that one.
- Avoid rhyme hang up:
- You don't have to rhyme every word all the time.
- Not every great song (or freestyle) has a perfect rhyming
- Every line doesn't have to be perfect poetry.
- The more you practice, the better you
- Take time to practice every day, even
if you don't feel like it.
- If you have a usual time dedicated
to writing, you are likely to think of it as routine and
are more likely to write a little each day.
- Take time each day to run rhymes
through your head (on the bus, waiting for lunch, whenever...
Don't be afraid to write things down.
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