What Every Songwriter Should Know Before Playing a Note in Public

Writing a song has its own rewards, even if nobody ever hears what you wrote. With that said, every songwriter will eventually want to share her creations with somebody. Once you open your writing room’s door and sing your song for somebody else, your song doesn’t belong to just you anymore. You should be prepared […]

Posted on November 6, 2015
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How to sweeten your lyric with ‘anadiplosis’

Repetition in songwriting works magic on listeners. All by itself, repetition can make a lyric sound musical before it’s even set to a melody. The chorus and refrain are the two most common forms of repetition in songwriting, but there are many creative options beyond just those two. In this post we’ll explore a technique of repetition called anadiplosis […]

Posted on October 2, 2015
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Now Berklee Online’s Free Songwriting Course is Learn-at-your-own-Speed

Disclosure: The songwriting books listed below are Amazon affiliate links. UPDATE: Since the Coursera website will try to sell you on specialization certificates for this course, I’ve added some instructions on how to get the course for free, without paying for “Certificates” or “Specializations”. I thought you’d like to know that Berklee College of Music’s online […]

Posted on August 27, 2015
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‘What songwriting skill should I practice next?’

Practice time is limited. How should you spend your next session? Here’s a four-step exercise that will help you decide. Songwriting is a complex and difficult craft. That’s because there’s no one way to write a compelling tune — there’s no one recipe, and the number of possible ingredients are overwhelming. There are countless ways […]

Posted on July 11, 2015
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