Song Chops

“Your own voice is the voice that carries you through life the best.” – Nanci Griffith

5 Step System For Songwriting Success

An easy approach to start writing songs today! Combine with the Song Builder Template and the Songwriting Process Template as a starter kit!

Simple Song Builder Template!

Everything you need to get your song’s story and structure into a clear message. After all, you have a reason for telling the story.

Songwriting Process Infographic!

This easy-to-follow infographic will help you get from the beginning to the end of a song.  We’ll also show you exactly how to implement each part!

Songwriting How To Guides

These guides will help you start or continue your songwriting journey.

Daily Creator Songwriting Worksheets

Each is designed to provide you with a song-focused action and help you complete songs!

Songwriting Level Up Worksheets

Grow your skills at a faster pace whether you’re just writing for yourself or want to go pro.

 

Jason Isbell “Cumberland Gap”

Jason Isbell “Cumberland Gap”

Having worked in the Cumberland Gap area back in the day, I'd drive up 25E through Tazewell TN, past the Mustang Lounge, and wind my way through the gap toward Middlesboro Kentucky. Why do I remember these places so well? I was standing in the back room of a grocery...

Poetry As Lyrics: Using Anaphora

Poetry As Lyrics: Using Anaphora

We've all heard it: poetry as lyrics just doesn't work.  But, as your songwriting skills grow, and you begin using figurative language like similes, metaphors, anaphora and imagery, you'll naturally begin writing more poetically. After all, if you've been using a...

Rhyme Families: Your Secret Weapon

Rhyme Families: Your Secret Weapon

Using rhyme families effectively can help you not only move through a song, but add nuances to the rhythm, melody and feel or tone imparted. The goal is to find rhymes that don't sound awkward, like "with love I swing for the fences/when I see you it all commences;"...

Keith Urban & Mary Gauthier: Drinking Songs

Keith Urban & Mary Gauthier: Drinking Songs

Mary Gauthier's "I Drink", and "Nobody Drinks Alone," written by Matraca Berg and Jim Collins (recorded by Keith Urban) are two great examples of well-written songs about the same subject but with very different perspectives. There are two songwriting tools used by...

Rhyme Patterns

Rhyme Patterns

I think understanding rhyme and rhyme patterns is one of the best ways to increase your songwriting ability. To me, rhyme is one of the fundamental building blocks, or can be one of the most destructive forces, in a song. While a literal scene is important, the rhythm...

You have songs in you! Write your hit song today. And let the world hear it!