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Starting Your Songwriting Notebook

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 | 0 comments

A songwriting notebook, also called a Hook Book, or a journal, is your idea vault. It’s one of the best ways to capture all of your...

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Song Outline: Church’s “Kill A Word”

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Song Outline: Church’s “Kill A Word”

To help learn more about what is one of the biggest challenges in writing a song – story line or thought progression –...

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What’s A Simile In Songwriting?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 | 0 comments

A simile is a type of “figurative language” used in creating imagery. Wait . . . figurative language and imagery aren’t...

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Lyric Basics: What’s a Metaphor?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 | 0 comments

A metaphor is a type of “figurative language” used in imagery. It’s best used to make a connection between things your...

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5 Ways Lyrics Are Not Like Poems

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Have you been told your lyrics sound like poems? Or that your lyrics should sound more like poems? Poetic language is something that...

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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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Song Idea: What Is It?

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Is it different from a hook? Yes – a hook’s a part of the song’s construction that helps articulate the song idea...

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What’s A Pre-Chorus?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Is the pre-chorus the same as a lift, a channel, a ramp, a climb, a refrain?  Yes, yes, yes, yes – no. While you’ve heard...

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What’s A Song Bridge For?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 | 0 comments

How is a bridge different from a verse or a chorus?  Do you even need one in your song? Understanding all of the different song parts, or...

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What’s A Song Chorus For?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 | 0 comments

How is a chorus different from a bridge or a verse?  Understanding all of the different song parts, or song elements, can be tricky....

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What’s A Song Verse For?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Song parts, or song elements, are tricky. Everyone will tell you the definition of a verse, but what does that really mean when...

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How To Write A Song

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 | 0 comments

How do the pros write a good song? What if you’re not a pro? How do you write a song? Well, if you’re new to songwriting, this...

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Pop Song Lyrics

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 | 0 comments

The below is taken from a chat board that is long since gone, and was part of a much larger post string.  I’ve aggregated the...

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Pop Songs: Song Structure

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 | 0 comments

The below is taken from a chat board that is long since gone, and was part of a much larger post string.  I’ve aggregated the...

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Point Of View: What Is It?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Pat Pattison has a great exercise for point of view – try them all. But, to do that, you have to know what they are! At the end of...

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Suzanne Vega Tiny Desk Concert

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Suzanne Vega Tiny Desk Concert – new album – what else good could happen this month?! Tales From The Realm Of The Queen Of...

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The Parts Of A Song

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Updated 2/20/16 The parts of a song are important to understand because they are the skeleton you’ll drape words and music on it to...

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Song Structure Made Easy

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 | 0 comments

Song structure is tricky. It seems simple enough, but then you start writing your song, and it doesn’t really seem to want to go...

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Legends: Anna & Kate McGarrigle

Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 | 1 comment

Anna & Kate McGarrigle are part of the history of folk and Americana music. Together, they created some of the genre’s most...

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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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Share Your Original Songs!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2009 | 1 comment

Revised 6/5/14   Get your online music creation hook up through several cool sites that allow you to share your original songs. There...

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Recording Your Songs

Posted by on May 25, 2009 | 2 comments

Updated 3/20/17 Recording your songs falls into a couple of buckets:  worktapes and professional demos. Once you start writing,...

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Melody And The Lyric

Posted by on May 25, 2009 | 0 comments

Your melody is one of the most important components of your song. It can separate your song from the sea of songs out there. It’s...

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Setting a Strong Scene

Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 | 0 comments

One of the most important elements of a song is setting the scene. The scene can either be a physical place, or a point-in-time, but as a...

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Free Songwriting Worksheets on the Web

Posted by on Mar 28, 2009 | 0 comments

A few good worksheets can save you time when you’re writing. They can spur your imagination, help you consolidate your possible...

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