Anyone who has ever written a song knows that it’s not always sunshine and roses. Sure, inspiration seems to fascinate some people the most, but every songwriter has experienced writer’s handicaps before. Just like novelists, screenwriters, and even freelance writers, songwriters also suffer from this creative plague.
Fortunately, there are some apps that can help you with the writing process. Whether you focus more on music or lyrics, one of these apps will help you put pen to paper and come up with a great song. Let’s check out what these songwriting apps can do!
1. Take over
On Tully’s home screen, you’ll see all of your current home tracks. You can upload all your files to Tully, including your masters, projects or independent beats. When you start a new project in Tully, you can keep notes or lyrics in an empty space, import files into that specific project, start the metronome, and record audio directly in the project space.
If you are satisfied with how you release a song on Tully, you can even pay for a subscription to get your music instantly on the major platforms where people can download your music. After you distribute it, you can see how your song is performing and how much revenue it is making.
Download: take over Android | iOS (Free, subscriptions available)
2. The Maestro
Although there are plenty of tools to help you write your own musical notes, Maestro is an app that allows you to take it with you anywhere you usually take your phone. So, pretty much everywhere.
When you first open the app, you’ll see an untitled song that you can start editing right away. You can change the title, of course, then add different notes and play at different times until you find the melody you’re looking for.
Since this app includes writing your own musical notes, it is more for the advanced songwriter who understands music theory. However, the app will play whatever you create on the instrument of your choice, so even amateurs can put together a tune that sounds good.
Download: maestro Android | iOS (Free in-app purchases available)
3. Apollo 16
Apollo 16 is basically a note-taking app, but you can record audio and upload media directly to each new note. This is very useful if you always get inspired when you are away from home or do not have pen and paper.
You can quickly start a new note if you get an idea for a song, or even hum to a tune or say the words you’re thinking of at the moment. Or, if you’re working on a song while waiting at the doctor’s office or on the way home, there’s also a chords feature on each note where you can find the best word for your latest creation.
Download: Apollo 16 for Android | iOS (free)
4. Lyric board
Lyric Pad is a great Android app if you are a very visual person. When you write new words, it looks like you are writing on a piece of notebook paper. Then, when you’re done, you can hit the eye icon and look at your final creation on a cleaner white screen.
On each note, you can add photos or media that are on your phone. Then, you can easily share any specific note with a friend to comment on it. You will see all your current projects proudly displayed on the home screen for easy access.
Download: . lyric pillow Android (Free, subscription available)
Go write a blow!
Getting out of the songwriting routine is no easy task, but with other tools to get your creative juices flowing, you’ll be on your way in no time.
Even if you find that these apps aren’t as effective as the typical songwriting process, it’s something new and different, and your brain will thank you for it. Shaking things up is an excellent way to give your mind a break and allow inspiration to reach you instead of constantly searching for it.