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10 Tips To Improving Your Songwriting Process

You might have gathered by now that I am a huge believer that the ongoing and never-ending improvement of your songwriting process will enable you to write better songs regularly and consistently.

By evolving your songwriting process (through constant practise) into something that works for you and your way of doing things, gathering ideas for your next song will, in time become an automatic thing, leaving you more time to actually write.

Personally, I’m obsessive about having to get what is in my head out onto paper so for me, improving my own songwriting process is a very important part of my creative life.

Based on my own experiences and some good old fashioned research, here are 10 tips that can improve your own songwriting process:


1. Have the right tools available
You can use the latest computer technology and software to gather your songwriting ideas but at the end of the day, nothing beats a beat-up tape recorder and an A4 writing pad and pen. The simplest songwriting tools around.

2. Make a regular time to write
Even if it’s 15 minutes a day between finishing breakfast and going to work. Make the time!!

3. Have an open mind
Be open to anything that comes your way. You don’t know where the next songwriting idea will come from.

4. Let yourself go
Don’t become preoccupied with past or future. For the amount of time you have set for yourself to write you will need to be totally “in the now.”

5. Develop a single-minded focus
If you decide that an idea is worth developing into a song and you’re happy with it so far, then focus your attention on creating a song from the idea.

6. Remember, perfection does not exist
It doesn’t have to be perfect. If you need to re-write the draft then do it because it needs it not because you have to.

7. Ask lots of questions
Writing lyrics is all about exploring a story or a concept. Asking lots of questions like “does this new idea need to be in this song?” will keep you on track.

8. Walk away if need be
If it’s not flowing, just walk away and come back to the song at a later time. There is no rule that says a song needs to be finished in one sitting.

9. Practise, practise, practise and then practise some more
Any process needs to be repeated to be made automatic. Practise often.

10. Have fun
Go off into tangents, run with a songwriting idea to see where it leads you. If it leads nowhere then reflect on the journey anyway.

Either way, have fun doing what it is you love doing… Writing songs


Your songwriting process can be whatever you want it to be however, if you’re serious about having the ability to write good songs regularly and consistently, you need to start looking at how you organise yourself and your time.

I hope these ten tips have been helpful to you. Is there anything that you’d like to add to the list? If so, let me know because I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my own songwriting better.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

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 while you’ll notice that the songwriting tips all start sounding the same.

That is, until I come across the article  10 Ridiculous Songwriting Tips That Actually Work” on the online mastering website LANDR.

The article acknowledges that a lot of songwriting tips online sound the same but in regards to their songwriting tips the article goes on to say…

But these tips are the special ones. The ones that put you and your ideas first. The ones that open up some time to really focus, experiment and make your songs work.

I’ll be honest, the article title grabbed me first and foremost. “How ridiculous are these tips?” I asked myself, but once I started to read the article I realised that I hadn’t seen these songwriting tips before.

I started to get excited about how I could incorporate these tips into my own songwriting process.

My 3 favourite tips in the article are…

  • Play 5 radios at once (#1)
  • Don’t talk for the entire day. Just listen (#3)
  • Cut your lyrics into a million pieces (#8)

Make a point of reading 10 Ridiculous Songwriting Tips That Actually Work and see if there are any other ridiculous tips you can add onto the list and make sure you let me know what they are so we can all benefit from getting a little bit ridiculous with our songwriting process.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Original Link: 10 Ridiculous Songwriting Tips That Actually Work

How To Write A Song – 10 Songwriting Tips From The Pros

If you hadn’t noticed, there’s a lot of information online about how to write a song. Some of that information is pretty light on the detail and heavy on the SEO (search engine optimization), while others are of a very good standard.

However, one of the best articles I’ve come across so far on the subject is an article that appears on the Ditto website called How To Write A Song – 10 Songwriting Tips From The Pros.

Ditto is an online music distributor that helps artists sell their music online through iTunes, Spotify and many, many other outlets so I would imagine that their knowledge about how to write a song or two would be very high to say the least.

As the article says…

Writing a song with unforgettable melodies and creative lyrics can be challenging. Even the most experienced songwriters go through writer’s block at some point in their career, and there are many different approaches to songwriting. Here are 10 helpful songwriting tips, each backed up by quotes from some of the world’s most successful songwriters.

Personally, I found their list of ten songwriting tips to be very beneficial to my own songwriting process. The tips make sense and flow on from each other but the one tip that really stood out for me was the last one…

Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

Now, there’s a real lesson to be learnt for all of the perfectionists out there (me included).

Read the article and see if you can add your own songwriting tips to the list provided. Also, let me know what those tips are either through making a comment below or by contacting me.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Original Link: How To Write A Song – 10 Songwriting Tips From The Pros

Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers (Part 3)

Here is the final part of the three part series on the CD Baby DIY Musicians Blog called Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers.

In this third part of this songwriting tips series, you’ll be reading pearls of wisdom from the following songwriters…

  • Neil Finn
  • Ben Harper
  • Rick Neilsen
  • Liz Phair
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Ray Davies
  • Richie Havens
  • Richard Thompson

The songwriting tips gleaned from the above list is a great way to supercharge your songwriting. I know I’ve learnt a few things from immersing myself in this series.

Have you? If you have then please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Source: Songwriting Tips from the Hitmakers, Pt. 3 – DIY Musician Blog

Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers (Part 2)

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, here is part two of a three part series on the CD Baby DIY Musician Blog called Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers.

You will find pearls of wisdom from the hearts and minds of the following songwriters…

  • Paul Westerberg
  • Chris Cornell
  • Neil Finn
  • Ray Davies
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Chris Whitley

Now there is a fine list of songwriters to get inspired from so enjoy part two of Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers and as always, if anything resonates with you then leave a comment or, let me know and we can have a chat about it

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Source: Songwriting Tips from the Hitmakers, Pt. 2 – DIY Musician Blog

Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers (Part 1)

There’s something about hearing songwriting tips from other songwriters (especially one who have a hit or two under their belt) that really hit home to me the importance of treating my own songwriting as a craft above anything else.

One of my favourite blogs is the CD Baby DIY Musician Blog (they do a great podcast too) and they have a three part series called Songwriting Tips From The Hitmakers on offer.

The premise of the three part series is this…

To help you improve your songwriting chops, we’ve enlisted the aid of several well-known songwriters, most of whom have been lucky enough to strike that mystical connection with the public. Feel free to, ahem, “borrow” a few of their ideas to use as foundations for your own songs.

Here is part one. I’ll put up parts two and three in the next couple of days

I hope you enjoy these songwriting tips as much as I have. If any really resonate with you then let me know.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Source: Songwriting Tips from the Hitmakers, Pt. 1 – DIY Musician Blog

Here’s Some Songwriting Inspiration Tips For You

As songwriters, we all need a bit of inspiration every now and then to keep our songwriting process moving along.

So… With this in mind I found a two part series of Songwriting Inspiration Tips from the Bandzoogle Blog that gives all of us songwriters a timely reminder that songwriting inspiration can be manufactured through disciplined activity rather than just waiting for it to appear from the ether.

Part 1 of the Songwriting Inspiration Tips series starts off with the following statement…

When you’re suffering from writer’s block, the solution can come in many forms, including de-stressing, self-care, external influence, or some sort of inspiration. For the songwriter, two types of inspiration can help: internal or external (sometimes both!)

The article goes on to list internal and external activities that you can do to generate songwriting inspiration for yourself while Part 2 gives us…

…non-traditional ways to inspire hit songs by using numbers, letters or sounds.

Both articles are definitely well worth the read if you’re looking for ways to increase your ability to generate songwriting ideas. I know I certainly got a lot out of it.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


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Have Something To Say About Songwriting? I Want To Hear From You!

I firmly believe that everyone has a wealth of knowledge about something and if you have this knowledge about songwriting, the creative process, and the tips, tricks and strategies that go with it then I want to hear from you.

How about submitting something to this blog for me to consider? I promise I won’t bite 🙂

If you also have information about creativity, journalling or anything that’s remotely related to writing songs in general then let me know as well.

Now that I’m back into full swing with All About Songwriting, I am going to be on the lookout for new and different ways to get the best songwriting information out to everyone else and at times, there is only so much I can do as one person.

So…

If you have something to say then I want to hear from you and together we can do our bit to help other songwriters around the globe.

You know, over the years of working in Australia as a performing songwriter/musician, I have noticed that everyone has at least some opinions about songwriting that they can share with others.

Really credible and trusted songwriting information can come from all walks of songwriting life, from the bedroom songwriter who writes for the sheer pleasure of it to the seasoned professional who tours internationally.

By opening up All About Songwriting to others like your good self, I want to give everyone the opportunity to have their say.

So heres the deal…

If you have a songwriting idea, songwriting tip to share or a songwriting question you want answered, or a songwriting article that you want published on this site then let me know and I will have a look at it and publish it if I feel that it’s something that everyone will benefit from.

I want All About Songwriting to be one of the most trusted sources of songwriting information on the web and you can help me do that.

The only thing that I ask for in return is that if I publish your information you kindly add a link to this website onto your website or whichever social media platform you use.

From my end, along with me publishing your information, I will make sure that your website URL is mentioned and therefore a link to your site on this site is established.

All you need to do is contact me and we can both get the ball rolling from there

I really look forward to helping you share your own songwriting knowledge with everyone else. Give it a go, it will be a lot of fun and you can promote your website through mine at the same time.

As I have said many times before… “We are all in this together.”

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

6 Ways You Can Find Songwriting Ideas Everywhere.

I’m a great believer that songwriting ideas are everywhere and all you need to do is to allow yourself to tap into the void and somehow, let the songwriting ideas come to you.

These sentiments are echoed in Erin McAnnally’s wonderful article titled “6 Songwriting Tips for Finding Melodies in the Space Around You” which appeared recently in the songwriting blog SongFancy.

In the article she writes…

There are melodies all around us, even in the silence we may be lucky enough to experience once in a while.It is up to us to harvest them, to memorialize them and to put them to use.

The world and the mind itself can be sources of constant inspiration and provide fruitful and nearly constant ideas if we allow ourselves to listen and create.

Erin then goes on to list the 6 ways that you can find songwriting ideas everywhere around you. Without going into too much detail, they are…

  • Listen to yourself
  • Listen to the world
  • Meditate on a looped track
  • Doodle on your instrument
  • Let words lead you
  • Record everything you find

Essentially what Erin is saying in 6 Songwriting Tips for Finding Melodies in the Space Around You is that you need to stop the world, get off the merry-go-round for a bit and really take the time out to listen to yourself and the world around you.

I also think she’s saying that we also need to be brave enough to walk along paths less travelled and be prepared to experience inconvenient tangents and happy accidents in our quest for new songwriting ideas.

I enjoyed this article very much and found myself nodding my head in agreement while at the same time, feeling vindicated that my views on the infinite and sacred nature of songwriting ideas had resonated with someone else.

What are your views on this matter? Do you think that songwriting ideas reside in the spaces in between and are waiting to be channelled?

Comment below or, let me know what you think. Id love to hear your thoughts

In the meantime, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Check out the original link: 6 Songwriting Tips for Finding Melodies in the Space Around You • SongFancy