Songwriting Tips

Songwriting – The More You Know, The More You Need To Learn

In order to master the craft of songwriting you must first embrace the fact that there’s always something to learn about it. The more you know the more you need to learn. I know of some songwriters that are either bored or restless with their craft. They complain that everything that they do all sounds […]

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Songwriting Tip – Six Ways To Improve Your Song

This post was directly inspired by a recent Bobby Owsinski article called “Six Traits Of A Badly Written Song.” The six traits that constitutes a “badly written song” that Bobby outlines in his article are as follows: The song is too long The song has no focus The song has a weak chorus The song […]

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Songwriting Tip – Develop A Sense Of Wonder About Everything

“Everyone has at least five great albums in them” – Chris Martin, Coldplay I remember seeing an interview with Chris Martin and Will Champion from Coldplay on the TV a little while ago and the thing that interested me most about that interview was the discussion about their songwriting process and philosophy behind it all. […]

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Songwriting Tip – Learn Your Craft By Studying Other Peoples Songs

Let me make one thing very clear… By saying that, as songwriters, we should be learning our craft by studying the songs of other songwriters, I’m not saying that you should be copying another peoples song and calling them your own. What I am saying is that, by asking yourself what songs you like to […]

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Songwriting Tip – Write Your Songs With The Listener In Mind

Why are some songs embraced by the general public and some are not? Does it have anything to do with talent? Or how much money is thrown at it? Or its production values? Maybe. However, I think the main reason that a song is embraced by the general public is that the general public “gets” […]

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Songwriting Tip – Using Cliches To Your Songwriting Advantage

There are many songwriting articles around telling us how bad cliches are for songwriting and that they should be eliminated from your life but for me, the question still remains… “Is it possible to completely eradicate cliches from your songwriting?” Well, I believe that you can’t completely eradicate cliches but you can look at them from […]

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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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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 Tip – Mind Mapping Your Songwriting Ideas

You know what… I love mind maps. I love them because I’m a visual person, and developing a songwriting idea by using a mind map really helps me write my song lyrics more clearly and effectively. Right now though you’re probably asking “what the hell is this mind map?” Well, according to Wikipedia a mind […]

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10 Ridiculous Songwriting Tips That Actually Work

I typed “songwriting tips” into Google just now and I was staggered by the amount of search results on offer. There were 34.8 million of them to go through. If you go through the websites on the first couple of pages of Google you’ll see a wide range of songwriting tips mentioned however, after a […]

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