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Make Your Songwriting Hobby A Path To A Better Life

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Make Your Songwriting Hobby A Path To A Better Life

Pursuing your songwriting hobby, or passion for songwriting, doesn’t have to mean you give up your job and run off on a new life. Actually, scientific studies show that pursuing a passion or hobby can bring...

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Giving Song Feedback Like A Pro

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Giving Song Feedback Like A Pro

If you’re part of a songwriting group, one of your activities is probably getting and giving feedback on songs. And, one of the most valuable things about being in a group is access to feedback, so being...

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Story Streaming: Tell Songs Like A Movie

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Story Streaming: Tell Songs Like A Movie

Story Streaming is very similar to object writing, and is the next step in the...

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Mary Gauthier “Between The Daylight And The Dark”

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Mary Gauthier “Between The Daylight And The Dark”

Mary Gauthier is known for her strong scenes and emotional context, and...

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7 Tips To Consistently Create New Songs

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 | Comments Off on 7 Tips To Consistently Create New Songs

Consistently creating new songs can feel overwhelming, and song ideas can be...

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SongChops Newsletter Archive

Posted by on May 27, 2018 | Comments Off on SongChops Newsletter Archive

I’ve been getting requests for some of our newsletter “oldies but...

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Q&A: I Write From Inspiration But Need Discipline

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Q&A: I Write From Inspiration But Need Discipline

  Waiting for inspiration to hit doesn’t always lead to a high volume,...

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When To Stop “Finishing” A Song

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 | Comments Off on When To Stop “Finishing” A Song

Finishing a song is important, don’t get me wrong. But, not every song...

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Poetry As Lyrics: Using Anaphora

Posted by on Feb 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Poetry As Lyrics: Using Anaphora

We’ve all heard it: poetry as lyrics just doesn’t work.  But, as...

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Know Your Strengths To Create Goals

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Know Your Strengths To Create Goals

We’ve all heard it: “Set goals to achieve success.” But, for...

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Melodies The Same? Song Maps Create Variety

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Melodies The Same? Song Maps Create Variety

Song maps are a way to find patterns and tendencies that you often repeat....

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Object Writing: Quickest Path To Great Lyrics

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Object Writing: Quickest Path To Great Lyrics

Object writing is one of the best ways to quickly advance your songwriting...

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Partial Capos Help Create Variety

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Partial Capos Help Create Variety

Partial capos sound complicated, but they can make your guitar playing easier...

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Simple Steps To Melodies

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Simple Steps To Melodies

Melodies are one of the most difficult parts of songwriting, but you can...

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Perfect Songwriter Gifts?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Perfect Songwriter Gifts?

Looking for the perfect songwriter gifts? Not sure what they need, what they...

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Change Perspective But Keep Your Point Of View

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Change Perspective But Keep Your Point Of View

Perspective isn’t a common songwriting topic.  Most songwriting...

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Texture In A Song: What Is It?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Texture In A Song: What Is It?

Texture is what helps tie your lyrics to an emotional connection for the...

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5 Steps To Organize Your Song Files

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 | Comments Off on 5 Steps To Organize Your Song Files

It happens to every songwriter.  The business of music. Your focus is on...

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Starting Your Songwriting Notebook

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 | 0 comments

A songwriting notebook, also called a Hook Book, or a journal, is your idea...

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Songs Using Allusion: Joel To Swift

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Songs Using Allusion: Joel To Swift

While it’s one thing to know what an allusion is, applying it to your...

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Allusion: What Is It?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Allusion: What Is It?

You probably see or hear an allusion in use a couple of times a day, but do...

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