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Songwriting Made Simple

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

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Everything you need to get started. And the best thing – we keep things simple. You’ll find tips on the things you need help with the most:

  • Lyrics
  • Melody
  • Rhyme
  • Song Structure

Choose A Level

Select the level that’s best for you, and you’ll find articles and tips that will help you excel quickly! Choose a streamlined process to get you to the next level of your songwriting.

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Free Member Resources

Everyone gets access to the free member guides and worksheets that will level up your songwriting.  You’ll find tools to help you write in the moment, techniques used by hit songwriters you can use in your songs and guides to level up your writing, market yourself and create goals.

Songwriting Worksheets

Why spend time trying to figure out things like rhyme patterns and song structure. Our worksheets will make it simple to get started so you can spend your time being creative.

Song Prompts

No one likes staring at a blank page. Use our song prompts to challenge yourself, finish song ideas, or simply to make the whole songwriting process less overwhelming.

Songwriting Exercises

Sometimes you just want a songwriting exercise that will take a few minutes and help you grow your skills. Well, we’ve got those too! From lyrics to music you’re covered.

Colter Wall Sings Ian Tyson’s “Bob Fudge”

Ian Tyson is one of the best cowboy song writers around. Maybe songwriters.  His song "Bob Fudge" is an exceptional example of how to write from someone else's perspective, cover 71 years, and make it interesting in less than 5 minutes. Writing someone's life story...

Travis Meadows “Pontiac”

If you want to start with something that's true, one of the best songwriting mentors you can look to is Travis Meadows. He has a way of writing about his experiences that brings others in and not only reveals a bit about himself, but also creates a perspective for how...

Lucinda Williams “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road”

Lucinda Williams is a songwriting super-shero. Yes, most successful women who have to deal with a male-dominated industry often are. But, she was one of the first women, no - songwriters, to raise Folk and Americana music to a "maybe Nashville needs to grab a little...

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...

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings “The Way It Will Be”

If you've followed the folk and Americana genres, or read Pat Pattison's books on songwriting, you know who Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are.  Since Revival, their first album in 1996, Welch and playing partner David Rawlings have become Americana legends. One of...

Brandi Carlile “The Eye”

I got a direct message through twitter asking about a Brandi Carlile song called "The Eye" (thanks Helen!). While I've listened to Brandi Carlile since her first album, I now realize I haven't mentioned any of her songs on the site, so now's the time! "The Eye" is a...

Eric Church “Record Year”

We'll deconstruct Eric Church's "Record Year" to discover the songwriting devices that made this song a #1 on Billboard's Country Airplay Chart and #44 on the Hot 100 Chart, and garnered three CMA nominations. Written with band mate Jeff Hyde, who also co-wrote "Cold...

Chris Stapleton “Parachute”

"Parachute," written by Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers, is one of my favorite songs on Traveller.  It delivers a universal message in a very economical package. For example, you'll find a single chord progression repeating itself, sparse imagery and a few missing...

Lori McKenna “The Bird & The Rifle”

A detailed song deep-dive figuring out what makes the song work, how to effectively use metaphors, and includes examples of how to incorporate her unique song techniques into your own. (more…)

Adele “Hello”

Written by Adele and producer Greg Kurstin, "Hello" focuses on a telephone conversation/voicemail. The song brilliantly leverages the strength of direct address to create a highly personal moment, while the melody moves from ballad to power ballad utilizing eighth...

Aaron Watson “Bluebonnets”

How do you make a very personal moment a song that can connect with thousands and top the Texas Regional Radio Music Chart? Aaron Watson did just that with "Bluebonnets,” which also charted as high as #13 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart. The song was inspired...

Tyler Farr “A Guy Walks Into A Bar”

Cliches are well - cliche. They're predictable, boring, and not something your ears perk up for . . . except when done in a way that gives them a twist. "A Guy Walks Into A Bar," written by Melissa Peirce, Jonathan Singleton and Brad Tursi (Old Dominion), is a great...

Dolly Parton Jolene Best Direct Address Ever?

Dolly Parton's "Jolene" was based on a young girl who approached her early on in her career. She had red hair, green eyes and fair skin - Dolly asked her name. It was Jolene. She quipped "Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene - I'm going to write a song about you someday."...

Joni Mitchell “The Magdalene Laundries”

On her 1994 album Turbulent Indigo Joni Mitchell has one of the most descriptive, powerful songs you'll ever hear. She crafts a first person story about a young girl incarcerated in one of Ireland's Magdalene institutions - The Magdalene Laundries for being over...

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Songwriter Craig Wiseman

Songwriter Craig Wiseman

Craig Wiseman is one of Nashville's pre-eminent songwriters. He's had more than a dozen songs reach number one on the...

Quick Links To e-Books & Worksheets!

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.

Songwriting Exercises
Rhyme, Lyrics & Melody
Music Business

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