Dierks Bentley gave some advice for male songwriters in a 2011 column for Esquire
magazine. "Learn three chords: G, C, and D. If they're good enough for Bret Michaels and 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn
,' they're good enough for you," he wrote.
"And a really slow ballad is best. Hum out a little melody, get to the chorus quickly, and keep it simple. Whatever you're playing is merely supporting your clever, sincere, heartfelt and occasionally funny lyrics that she never in a million years expected you to sing. The right words are 90 percent of what you're going for."