Songwriting Tip – Sometimes You’ve Just Got To Walk Away

The productivity of your songwriting process can be a very hard thing to predict at times. Some days it’s like writing songs is the easiest thing to do in the world while on other days it’s an impossible task just trying to put pen to paper. When this happens, one of the best ways I’ve […]

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Songwriting Help – Some Ways To Improve Your Songwriting Output

Here are some ideas I’ve picked up lately on how you can improve your overall songwriting ability because it’s amazing how the smallest changes to your routine can make the biggest differences… 1. Listen To Music It sounds simple enough but by immersing yourself in the music of others you’re allowing the music to flow […]

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Doing The Work – Defining Your Songwriting Process

I have been writing songs for over 30 years now and I don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface of defining what the songwriting process means to me. For me, songwriting is much more involved than just the song as an end product. No, to me it encompasses a whole creative process. Writing songs is a […]

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Using Peak Hour Traffic To Your Songwriting Advantage

This particularly works for me as I do a lot of driving with my day gig. How about this for a songwriting exercise! The next time you find yourself stuck in peak hour traffic, instead of feeling frustrated, stressed and angry about the situation, use the time at hand to manifest songwriting ideas in your […]

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Songwriting – The Blank Page Is Your Friend

Every time we write a song we start off with a blank page. It sits there and waits patiently for us to pick up our pen and pour out our songwriting ideas from our hearts and minds onto its surface however, a blank page can mean one of two things to a songwriter. It can either […]

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Let Writing Songs Flow Naturally, Don’t Force It!

Okay, let’s clarify something here. Having a songwriting process does not mean that you have to force yourself to write songs. Nothing gets done if you force things. It goes against nature itself. In nature, changes happen in their own time and at their own pace. Things grow, evolve, breathe and become whatever they are […]

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Give Yourself Permission To Write Songs, Especially The So Called “Bad” Ones

I remember a few years ago where my songwriting was at a very, very low point. The problem was that I wasn’t writing anything at all. I found myself with a huge case of songwriters block and it was stopping any and every form of creativity coming out of me. I became scared of writing, […]

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Don’t Worry About Writing “Hits,” Just Concentrate On Writing “Songs”

I reckon I’m going to open a can of worms with this next statement but, I think that as songwriters we can’t really determine with 100% accuracy whether a song we write is a hit or not. I mean, isn’t determining whether a song is a hit or not the job of the listening public? […]

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Learn The Rules Of Songwriting In Order To Break Them

When I was studying music in High School some years ago, I remember having one of my many intense conversations with my music teacher Mr Morgan about the so-called “rules” of music  and why I had to learn them. I remember saying to my Mr Morgan defiantly, “well, if anything goes in music, why are […]

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Which Songwriting Process Works For You?

I’ve always been really fascinated with the songwriting process and how there seems to be many roads that can lead to a completed song. You can approach writing a song in a number of ways. 1. Write from a melody or riff2. Write from lyrical ideas3. Write from a song title4. Write with a collaborator […]

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