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.

 

Brandi Carlile “The Eye”

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”

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”

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...

Change Perspective But Keep Your Point Of View

Change Perspective But Keep Your Point Of View

Perspective isn't a common songwriting topic.  Most songwriting conversations revolve around Point of View (POV), but there's more to creating a unique song idea and story than just the main speaker's point of view. Perspective is something you can change while still...

Texture In A Song: What Is It?

Texture In A Song: What Is It?

Texture is what helps tie your lyrics to an emotional connection for the listener. Texture is the particulars that give your scene something more than simple visuals. It delivers on something that pulls your listener in and helps them identify with the song. In its...

Songs Using Allusion: Joel To Swift

Songs Using Allusion: Joel To Swift

While it's one thing to know what an allusion is, applying it to your songwriting is easier to grasp if you can study songs using allusion well. By understanding how songs use allusion to add to the basic song idea, you can bring the tool into your own songwriting...

Paula Cole: Poetic Meter & Rhythm

Paula Cole: Poetic Meter & Rhythm

I suspect Paula Cole was a poet in another life. She's just that good at forms. William Carlos Williams once said, "measure is all." Ezra Pound insisted in 1915 that "rhythm must have meaning." A line, any line, whether in a poem or a song, is a unit of measured time....

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