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Song Outline: “Kill A Word” (Eric Church)

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Song Outline: “Kill A Word” (Eric Church)

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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Perfect Songwriter Gifts?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 | 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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Amy Speace Critique of Contest Winners

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 | 0 comments

Amy Speace takes a look at several songs submitted for the American Songwriter Magazine songwriting contest.  Songwriters were given the...

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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 Prompt: Write A Book

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 | 0 comments

A song prompt is a starter. It’s a way to get to a song vs. a song assignment. Don’t get bogged down in delivering exactly...

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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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Song Prompt: Thinking Out Loud

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 | 0 comments

A song prompt is a starter. It’s a way to get to a song vs. a song assignment. Don’t get bogged down in delivering exactly...

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Song Prompt: Mystery Package

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 | 0 comments

Remember- this is about getting the muse to show up and having fun! To start: Take fifteen minutes to “free style” on the song...

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Song Prompt: Confrontation

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 | 0 comments

A song prompt is a starter. It’s a way to get to a song vs. a song assignment. Don’t get bogged down in delivering exactly...

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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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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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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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What’s a Song Hook?

Posted by on Mar 15, 2009 | 0 comments

Updated 10/5/14 Is a hook the same as your song’s title?  What makes a hook strong versus just another line? How should you be...

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Song Elements Overview

Posted by on Feb 3, 2009 | 0 comments

Updated 11/1/14 Each component of a song, or your song elements, serves a very specific function in creating the overall tapestry of a...

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