As I write lyrics, I just start singing & turn them into full verses/choruses.

  1. What is this called? melody?
  2. What is my next step into turning them into pop songs? Do i turn each syllable into music notes? Do i make a melody to accompany them or chords?
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    I call it “singing lyrics as you come up with them”. Jul 2, 2023 at 11:09
  • @ToddWilcox or "composition." Mr. Lo: I find myself wondering what you think is lacking in your "full verses/choruses" that marks them as not pop songs. If you can express that it will help us understand how to advise you. Maybe your next step is in fact to identify what's missing.
    – phoog
    Jul 2, 2023 at 14:17
  • I think we need some more explanation. If you're singing, you do have a melody, but the questions about "turn each syllable into music notes" and "do I make a melody" sounds like maybe you haven't already been making music? And you seem to have two questions here, one asking for more information about what you already do, and one about what to do next. I suggest starting a second question and giving both more detail. Jul 2, 2023 at 19:33
  • haha Mr Wilcox!! Andy/phoog > Good replies, thank you much. I am a rookie at music and I suck explaining things. So here is my example: I got fired one day, and lost my girlfriend, so I felt super crappy. I started motivating myself to stop being so weak by singing made up lyrics. Using my DAW, I want to put music to it but I don't know where to start. Is what I am singing already the melody part? Don't laugh but here is my nonsense so far. youtube.com/@lepoz2023/videos Besides the bad quality & bad singing, what do i need to make these songs sound correct/less sucky?
    – Mr. Lo
    Jul 3, 2023 at 0:29
  • It sounds like what you'd really like is songwriting advice. The best place for that is the chat rooms that are associated with this Stack Exchange; there's even one called "The Auditorium" just for sharing your work and getting feedback. These kinds of questions are too broad to make good "official" questions on Stack Exchange; you can see the topics covered here. You need 20 reputation to participate in the chat rooms, but it can be earned pretty quickly. Jul 3, 2023 at 15:16

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Technically, it's called extemporisation, which is similar to improvisation, though many people would just call it jamming [usually involving multiple musicians], riffing, or just 'making it up as you go along' ;)

If you have no scoring or other recognisable musical skills, your next step is to record it as audio so you can refer back to it later.
After that you're into the whole wide world of musical performance and composition, which would require several books or many years with a teacher to even begin to answer.

  • Great answer! You are correct, I have no skills. And what you said is exactly what I did by recording it. Now I am stuck not knowing what to do next to make it sound like a real song. Suggestions? I can't even figure out what genre my nonsense is.. youtube.com/@lepoz2023/videos
    – Mr. Lo
    Jul 3, 2023 at 0:34

If you sing the words to notes, you already have the melody. Usually one note per syllable, but that note needn't be a different note for each.

Next move is to harmonise that melody, with chords that fit (obviously!), and make the whole lot into lines, verses and choruses.

  • "with chords that fit": where "fit" is highly subjective.
    – phoog
    Jul 2, 2023 at 14:18
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    @phoog - well, it wouldn't sound good with chords that don't fit. Subjective, obviously, obvious, subjectively.
    – Tim
    Jul 2, 2023 at 16:19
  • I usually do it the other way around - let the melody condense around the chords I'm playing. But everyone's creative process is different, so do what works for you.
    – Divizna
    Jul 2, 2023 at 22:12
  • So i guess I need to now learn what key I am in and what scale to use so that I can translate the lyrics into notes??? Then that will be the melody? Or do I still need an accompanying melody? I put the youtube link in the other answers. If all you heard was what I was singing, what would you do next? Thank you all for your patience.
    – Mr. Lo
    Jul 3, 2023 at 0:43
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    @Divizna - it can (and does) work both ways, and often simultaneously.
    – Tim
    Jul 3, 2023 at 6:46

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