So you’re feeling kind of funky and you want to lay it down. If you have never written in a funk style, or have never added any funky grooves to your songs, here are a few tricks that will instantly funkify your songwriting. [continue reading…]
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Are your songs built from the top down, or the bottom up? If you start with a melody or lyrics, this is writing from the top down. If, on the other hand, you begin with the drums or bass, this would be considered writing from the bottom up. Beginning with the chords would place your starting point somewhere in the middle.
So, which is the best way to begin? [continue reading…]
We have all heard the stories about famous bands writing songs together. Creating great music with friends can be almost like having a second family. But the truth of the matter is that writing songs with an entire band is a very rare situation. Even when all the names of band members are listed as co-writers, it is usually just one or two who did the majority of the writing. [continue reading…]
Hey songwriters, after last months free songwriting webinar, I noticed that there were more questions and confusion about chords than most of the other topics.
How chords are created?
The difference between Major, Minor, and Diminished chords?
How to choose the rights chords for your melody?
What chords to use in different song sections? [continue reading…]
I have rebelled against RULES most of my life. And I know that you, being a creative songwriter, are probably not so big on rules either. When I am teaching the sometimes elusive craft of songwriting, I generally like to teach more in terms of flexible guidelines, and helpful suggestions, than to ever use the term “rule.” However, this is one songwriting guideline that I suggest ALL songwriters commit to memory as a RULE. [continue reading…]
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