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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 your learning:

Tip 1:
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 instantly (freestyle!).
  • 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.

Tip 2:
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.

Tip 3:
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 scheme.
    - Every line doesn't have to be perfect poetry.

Tip 4:

  • The more you practice, the better you get.
  • 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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