Write a song using a single loop | Songwriting Club

I’m a songwriter.

Sometimes I get an idea, a song flows out of me like a magical waterfall of inspiration, and dreams come true. And then sometimes (*cough cough* most of the time), I sit down to write something new and get bogged down with the endless possibilities that lay before me. It makes songwriting hard. Like really, truly, I’m-giving-up-forever-and-ever hard.

I’ve always believed that when it comes to songwriting, limiting the possibilities leads to more creativity. That’s where we come in: Songwriting Club will bring you bi-weekly prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Whether you follow the prompt to a T or it sparks a totally different idea, or whether the song you write turns into the hit of the century or it gets dragged into that little trash can at the bottom of your screen, anything’s cool with us. Don’t worry about polishing your vocals or accompaniment with the best production in the world either – your lyrics and melodies are what matter. The most important thing is to just start writing.

If you’re feeling proud of your tune or you’re looking for some feedback, upload it to the Splice community, SoundCloud, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc., and be sure to toss the link in the comments below! Don’t be afraid to provide feedback on someone else’s work, too – even if it seems small to you, your praise or critique can make a transformative impact on someone else’s craft.

With all of that said, this week’s writing prompt is to write a song using one melodic or harmonic loop throughout the entire piece.

Here’s my example:


Love that piano loop? I got it here, from Emmit Fenn’s “Sounds of Winter” sample pack. Although it’s not a requirement, if you used a loop you found on Splice Sounds, let us know!

We can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

Check back in for your next prompt on May 24th. We can’t wait to hear what you create!

May 10, 2019

Katie Smith Katie is an Artist Marketing Manager at Splice and a singer / songwriter under the moniker Lewis Lane.