A Cure For Writer’s Block

  There are a number of ways you can draw inspiration for a song idea by listening to other songs. Lyrics are copyrightable, so you obviously can’t take something someone says and use it in your own music, but you can draw inspiration from stories you love. Especially if those stories are already popular.  …

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CLICK THIS: NEWSLETTER ISSUES

  The Newsletter Issues on this website are only a handful of the articles that have been emailed through our newsletter. The FULL archive of weekly newsletter articles is located in the members area (it goes all the way back to November of 2011). If you’re not a member, Click Here  

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Treasure in the Rainbow: How to Contrast Your Sections

One of my favorite concepts in songwriting is writing contrasting sections. In other words, what you can do to make your verse sound different from your chorus and your bridge. Writing contrasting sections is too often ignored by aspiring songwriters, but it’s so crucial to writing a song that people want to hear.   I’ve…

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A Case Study on “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz

  Lately I’ve been delightfully addicted to the song “I Won’t Give Up,” by Jason Mraz. Intuitively, I realized that it does a really good job of holding my attention and making want to hear it… often. Aside from saying something vague like “it has a catchy melody,” I decided to dig a little deeper…

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Advancing Your Story With Your Lyrics

  A lot of times songwriters come up with a great idea for a story to use in their lyrics, but use up the majority of their ideas in the first verse, and simply end up repeating similar information in the second verse.   While there’s nothing technically wrong with that, it usually doesn’t make…

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Your Music is Recorded… Now What?

  As an indie musician, you need to think of yourself as an entrepreneur. The problem a lot of entrepreneurs run into is they want to get awesome at what they do (whether it’s music, baking, accounting, or whatever) and let someone else handle telling the world about their greatness.   The problem is, that…

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Using Rhyme to Group Similar Ideas

  There are many different ways to use rhyme as a strategy to enhance what your lyrics mean. In this article, I want to show you how you can use rhyme to group similar ideas within your lyrics.   Let’s back up for a second. Above all else, rhyme is a sonic connector. That’s what…

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Are You Talking to Me? A New Perspective on Lyric Writing

Sometimes when we’re writing lyrics we just don’t know where to start. Do we just dive right in with the verses? Do we try to craft our chorus first? Maybe coming up with the title is the way to go.   I’ve always found that before you put pen to paper, you should think about…

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The Importance of Writing Melodies Before Chords [VIDEO]

In this video I talk to Kevin Thomas, who has some great thoughts regarding the importance of writing melodies before you write your chords. Watch it below:   ALSO – Until this Sunday, November 29th, Kevin is a holding a special sale on his EBook, Melody Madness. Click here to learn more about the EBook and…

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How to Use Autotune as a Songwriting Tool (In Ways You Wouldn’t Expect) [VIDEO]

  About Anthony Dini Anthony Dini is a Los Angeles-based producer and songwriter who has delivered top quality records to major labels. He has also helped dozens of indie artists get their records to major A&Rs. Since its inception, his studio, Pure Passion!, has garnered a reputation for being the go-to place for that elusive…

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Why Starting Your Melody on Different Beats Benefits Your Song [VIDEO]

  About Kevin Thomas Kevin Thomas is the founder of Songwriting Planet, which provides information to help songwriters master the craft of songwriting. He has a B.A. with honors from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, with a dual major in songwriting and music performance. He is also a graduate of the world renowned Musicians…

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How to Rewrite Your Lyrics Effectively [VIDEO]

  About Kevin Thomas Kevin Thomas is the founder of Songwriting Planet, which provides information to help songwriters master the craft of songwriting. He has a B.A. with honors from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, with a dual major in songwriting and music performance. He is also a graduate of the world renowned Musicians…

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Writing Lyrics That are Melody Ready [VIDEO]

  About Debra Gussin After winning the Concord Records & Barry Manilow Songwriting Scholarship four times, Debra took a sabbatical from her television career, and left the Dr. Phil show to focus on songwriting for artists full time. She proceeded to win well over a dozen songwriting competitions, including the Grand Prize and Lennon Award in…

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How to Implement Systems to Be a More Professional Artist [VIDEO]

  About Nancy Moran Nancy Moran is an independent singer/songwriter, international touring and recording artist, and co-founder of Azalea MusicGroup in Nashville. She is the former assistant editor of American Songwriter magazine, an occasional journalist for CMA Close Up magazine and a member of the original musical comedy troupe, The Four Bitchin’ Babes. As an experienced…

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Why Finishing All of Your Songs is Important [VIDEO]

  About Dave Nachmanoff Singer-songwriter, Dave Nachmanoff, can often be found touring with Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”) as his lead guitarist and opening act, where he’s made appearances at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to the Royal Albert Hall in London. Nationwide independent music consortium Just Plain Folks honored Dave…

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Why Hard Work Trumps Talent in Songwriting [VIDEO]

  About Susan Cattaneo Susan Cattaneo has been a songwriting professor at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music for over 15 years. She’s written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nicole. She has also released several albums of her own upbeat, catchy pop-country…

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