There are so many ways to improve your songwriting and keep working to be a better musician overall. You are telling a story through your songwriting, and by practicing your instrument (or voice), you are training your body to be able to tell the story better. Here are some quick tips:
Find out how high and low you can sing and you can compose a song within your range! Sit down at a keyboard (or online keyboard from your computer/iPad) and find the middle C.
Start playing notes higher until you hit the highest note you can sing, and write down which note it is. Do the same for the lower notes, and you have a range you can sing and compose within!
There are four voice types you can focus on:
Bass - very low male voices
Tenor - higher male voices
Alto - lower female voices
Soprano - higher female voices
Figure out which range is the most comfortable for your voice, and work within that range.
Play some background music that will help you come up with a melody. This could be something that your instrumentalist friends have helped you arrange or some chords that you have played yourself.
It can also be from backing tracks on Youtube that are royalty-free. Look up keywords such as "soul background music" or "blues in e minor" that will help you start singing words over the instrumentation. You can improvise melodies by practicing over instrumentals!
BE A STORYTELLER
Take a walk in a park or go somewhere where you feel relaxed to help yourself come up with songwriting topics. What is the story you're trying to tell? Does it have a strong message or is it just something simple?
You can write about ordinary objects (leaves, a fruit bowl, personified inanimate objects), feelings, experiences, or even OTHERS' points of views. Walk around with a notepad and open your thought process.
Jot down phrases, topics, or any other words you think of that can be a part of your song. Remember, you never know when you might use something you have written down when brainstorming.
DON'T FORGET YOUR MUSIC THEORY
Start creating a cohesive melody. Learn about diatonic scales, harmony, and how the melody interacts with the harmony in music. A little bit of research can go a long way in writing a song! Get a friend who is a more experienced musician to help if you can! Otherwise, ask your music teacher to help.
Learn how to use repetition, call-and-response and other songwriting techniques to your advantage. Work on grouping the song out into verses, a chorus, and a bridge (optional).
Remember to have fun and keep writing new songs regularly. If you feel stuck or need advice from another musician, come sign up for songwriting lessons with one of our teachers!