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Colter Wall Sings Ian Tyson’s “Bob Fudge”

Posted by on Sep 5, 2020 | Comments Off on 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...

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Finding Inspiration Around You

Posted by on Aug 9, 2020 | 0 comments

Finding Inspiration is a hard thing to come by sometimes. To help inspire you, try some unconventional sources – your photos, a...

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COVID-19: 5 Tips To Keep Your Music & Songwriting Going

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 | Comments Off on COVID-19: 5 Tips To Keep Your Music & Songwriting Going

During this time of quarantine and isolation, how do you keep things going so you can prepare for the future, while providing some...

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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...

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Co-Writes Can End With Two Versions Of A Song

Posted by on Sep 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Co-Writes Can End With Two Versions Of A Song

Whenever you go into a co-write, you’re usually thinking “OK – we’re going to write a song.” And usually,...

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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,...

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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 like daily life, too much writing and no new ideas and the...

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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 the next level to running your music business to performing...

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Travis Meadows “Pontiac”

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 | Comments Off on 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...

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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...

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Song Sketching Exercise Using Story Arcs

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Song Sketching Exercise Using Story Arcs

If you’ve ever been in a high school English class, you’ve studied how drama is created in a play, a novel or short story. So...

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Song Sketching: Tell Stories Like A Movie

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Song Sketching: Tell Stories Like A Movie

Song Sketching is very similar to object writing, and is the next step in the process to craft your song. Unlike object writing, which...

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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 “Between The Daylight And The Dark” is no exception....

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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 like Bigfoot sometimes – pretty elusive! So you how do...

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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 goodies.” Here are some of our most popular for you to...

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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 never even intended to sing himself! Get into the middle of Ed...

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Lucinda Williams “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road”

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 | Comments Off on 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,...

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Write From Inspiration But Need Discipline?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Write From Inspiration But Need Discipline?

Waiting for inspiration to hit doesn’t always lead to a high volume, or even steady flow, of songs. We recently got a question in...

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What’s Furniture In Lyrics?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2018 | 1 comment

You’ve probably gotten song critiques that suggest you need more furniture in lyrics to give the song a stronger sense of showing...

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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 deserves endless revisions. I believe there are some songs...

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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 your songwriting skills grow, and you begin using figurative...

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Jason Isbell “Cumberland Gap”

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 | Comments Off on 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...

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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 skills. It’s also a multitasking way to create ideas in...

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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 and add a unique quality to how your songs sound. Why try...

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