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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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Make Your Songwriting Hobby A Path To A Better Life

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Make Your Songwriting Hobby A Path To A Better Life

Pursuing your songwriting hobby, or passion for songwriting, doesn’t have to mean you give up your job and run off on a new life....

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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 Shapes Songwriting Exercise

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Song Shapes Songwriting Exercise

If you’ve ever been in a high school English class, you’ve studied song shapes. You know, the introduction of characters,...

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Story Streaming: Tell Songs Like A Movie

Posted by on Aug 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Story Streaming: Tell Songs Like A Movie

Story Streaming 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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7 Tips To Consistently Create New Songs

Posted by on Jun 22, 2018 | Comments Off on 7 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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Q&A: I Write From Inspiration But Need Discipline

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Q&A: I 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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Know Your Strengths To Create Goals

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Know Your Strengths To Create Goals

We’ve all heard it: “Set goals to achieve success.” But, for many of use, songwriting is one of many things in our...

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Melodies The Same? Song Maps Create Variety

Posted by on Jan 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Melodies The Same? Song Maps Create Variety

Song maps are a way to find patterns and tendencies that you often repeat. Just changing a few of these items can create new songs in your...

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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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Simple Steps To Melodies

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Simple Steps To Melodies

Melodies are one of the most difficult parts of songwriting, but you can become very proficient at it with some basic tools, meaning you...

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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 want or even what they’re talking about if they do...

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

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 | Comments Off on 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...

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Brandi Carlile “The Eye”

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 | Comments Off on 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...

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Change Perspective But Keep Your Point Of View

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 | Comments Off on 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...

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