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Point Of View (POV) Switch Exercise

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Point Of View (POV) Switch Exercise

One of the easiest ways to increase your understanding of point of view (POV) is to take a song you’ve completed and work through...

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Get A Second First Line Opinion!

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016 | 0 comments

A second first line opinion means just that.  This songwriting exercise will focus on getting some second opinions about your first...

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Verb Power

Posted by on May 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Making your songs memorable includes not only a great story, but great imagery as well. The words “jump” and...

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From Outlines To Songs

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 | 0 comments

Let’s tie some song prompts to creating outlines to songs! Everything you’re doing to learn songwriting should be in a...

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Ghost Songs: Melody Writing

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Stuck with a blank page and nothing is really inspiring you? Start with a song you like and build a new one! It’s called a...

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4 Steps To Connect Your Song Scenes

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Here are four easy steps to help you connect the verses in your song – or song scenes! Following them will help make your song more...

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Radiohead “Creep” Inspired By 1972 Song?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Wondering how “ghost song” songwriting exercises turn into  hits? Radiohead gave credit to the songwriter and song that...

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Zane Williams: Word Challenge Exercise

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 | 0 comments

Think songwriting prompts and exercises can’t turn into something good? Zane Williams shows you how he took some fan suggestions as...

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Prompt: Write A Book

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 | 0 comments

How To Use The Prompt To Start A Song:   Take fifteen minutes to “free style” on the song prompt topic. We’ve also...

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Prompt: Common Object

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Take fifteen minutes to “free style” on one of the common objects listed below. Don’t worry about creating a story line...

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Prompt: Thinking Out Loud

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 | 0 comments

How To Use The Prompt To Start A Song:   Take fifteen minutes to “free style” on the song prompt topic. We’ve also...

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Prompt: Mystery Package

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 | 0 comments

What better way than a mystery package that arrives at your home to get the creative buzz going? Remember – this is about getting...

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Prompt: Confrontation

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 | 0 comments

How To Use The Prompt To Start A Song:   Take fifteen minutes to “free style” on the song prompt topic. We’ve also...

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20 Questions Songwriting Exercise

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 | 0 comments

One of the easiest ways to get your songwriting kicked off is to simply answer some questions. But once you start writing, you tend to...

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David Bowie’s Songwriting Exercise

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Below is a quote from David Bowie about songwriting. Nice enough for the annuls of time – but look at it from a songwriter’s...

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5 Songwriting Exercises Get Creativity Flowing

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Here are 5 quick songwriting exercises to get you into a creative place with your songwriting. All are 2 minute drills that are used...

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Songwriting Exercises

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Songwriting exercises help you do a couple of things: (1) practice your songwriting skills so over time the entire process comes more...

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What Makes That Song Tick?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Songwriting Exercise This songwriting exercise focuses on finding out what makes a song tick, and then taking one cool trick a hit...

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5 Songwriting Tips To Skip The Blank Page

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 | 0 comments

  I thought I’d start creating some prompt articles that give you some ideas for starting a new song when you’ve got some...

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Another Verb Power Exercise

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 | 0 comments

Susan Cattaneo gives a lot of the same tips as Pat Pattison on choosing strong verbs (she’s also at Berklee), but has a nice twist...

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Writing Lyrics Using Objects Around You

Posted by on Oct 24, 2009 | 0 comments

Object Writing Inspiration is sometimes a hard thing to come by. To help move things along, try challenging yourself with an...

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External Detail: Your Lyric Furniture

Posted by on Apr 12, 2009 | 1 comment

What’s the difference between External Detail and Internal Detail? Why do you even need it in your song? Well, you’ve probably...

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First Lines Of Songs: Your First Hook

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 | 0 comments

First Lines Of Songs Are Your First Hook! The first line of a song is probably one of the most important things you’ll write when...

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