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5 Steps To Finish Unfinished Songs

Posted by on Dec 17, 2019 | Comments Off on 5 Steps To Finish Unfinished Songs

Sometimes it’s hard to finish unfinished songs.  And, there’s nothing worse than sitting down to write and ending up with a partially completed song. Do you have a pile of lyrics and melodies with a...

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Story Behind Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me”

Posted by on Jul 6, 2019 | 0 comments

Every song has a story behind the writing of it. The craft, the idea creation, and the minutia of working it into a song. As songwriters, I think we’re naturally drawn to the “how” of a...

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7 Tips To Write More Songs

Posted by on Feb 22, 2019 | Comments Off on 7 Tips To Write More Songs

Most songwriters want to write more songs, more often, but run into blockers...

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SongChops Songwriter Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 | Comments Off on SongChops Songwriter Gift Guide

This songwriter gift guide covers everything from getting started to moving to...

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Tips To Consistently Create New Songs

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 | Comments Off on 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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How Ed Sheeran Created “Shape Of You”

Posted by on May 23, 2018 | Comments Off on How Ed Sheeran Created “Shape Of You”

How did Ed Sheeran create one of the most popular songs of 2017? A song he...

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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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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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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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What’s A Simile In Songwriting?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 | 0 comments

A simile is a type of “figurative language” used in creating...

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15 Song First Lines Songwriters Should Know!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Song first lines are one of the hardest things to do well, but one of the most...

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Van Morrison “Before The World Was Made”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Van Morrison has written some of the most iconic songs on the radio. I...

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Guy Clark: A Life In The Lyric

Posted by on May 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Guy Clark will be missed as one of the greatest songwriters of our time. With...

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Direct Address: Writing “You” Songs Not About You!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Direct address is a great way to remove yourself from the song story.  Wait ....

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