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Songwriting

Singer-songwriters, guitarists, pianists, and artists of other musical styles, connect together here about creating songs, writing lyrics, jamming, performing and more. You are encouraged to:

  • Share your original songs
  • Listen to songs by other group members
  • Request and give feedback

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Songwriting Exchange

Get Your Song Recorded!

We are taking your originally written song submissions and will select one to be professionally produced and recorded at the end of August 2014 and performed live at a show at a New York City music venue. 

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 2, 2014. 

Visit this page for more details!

New Activity: Get into the Groove

 

In this new activity, try writing a song or musical idea based on a groove or ostinato.

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Recap: Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search

Musical Exchange's Songwriter Search began last spring with a nationwide call for songwriters. After six weeks of online songwriting activities, a group of talented young songwriters took the trip of a lifetime, performing at the CMDA Route 40 Music Festival and collaborating with young South Africans.

 

Click here for a recap of the complete project.

 


Songwriter Series

Explore the craft of songwriting in this ongoing series. Through regular interviews and short videos, professional songwriters share inspiration and advice about diverse musical styles and approaches to the art of songwriting.

 

 

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Discussion Forum

Im new here! 7 Replies

Hey Guys!My name is Matt and I discovered this awesome site yesterday! Ive always tried to do this kind of thing with my songwriter friends on Facebook but it never really worked out :/ but i can already tell that this site is great!here is a song i…Continue

Started by Matt Adams. Last reply by Deidre Rodman Struck yesterday.

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Comment by Mike Viola on March 23, 2014 at 6:10pm

Hey Tyler (Kaori) Diioia  power pop, punk pop or whatever you wanna call it is my wheelhouse so I'm happy to chime in here.  Truth is, a song like this runs on very simple elements, once they're in place, it's kind of indisputable and beyond all criticism and theory.  But for the purposes of our discussion here, here are a few notes.  I find with loud fast music having the melody land on downbeats rather than upbeats makes it hit harder and sound less sing song. Take for instance Back In Black by ACDC. Imagine if that melody had a quarter note rest before each lyric.  not as powerful.  Once you get a cool title together (gimme NOUNS! avoid pronouns) Like instead of "I'm In Love" have it be "Jennifer Kills Me" or something... you know? Nouns and verbs in a lyric give more depth even if it's all make believe and nonsense. hope this is helpful for you!  mv

Comment by Jared Weiss on March 19, 2014 at 3:15pm

I've been pretty busy but I'll try to work something up in the next few days.  I don't have any real recording equipment at my disposal at the moment so it'll probably be pretty low quality working with my computer's microphone, but hopefully that will suffice.

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 19, 2014 at 3:00pm
@Jaredweiss, @AnnaPearl, where are you guys with the Communal Title activity? Would love your input..
Comment by Jared Weiss on March 17, 2014 at 12:17pm

@Deidre  Ooh, I love the idea of a harmony vocal track!  Definitely hearing it now that you've suggested it.  As for differentiating verses, I considered the possibility of singing a verse or two one octave higher, but decided against it as I felt my voice would have been a little weaker.  The guitar fills that come in for the bridge and last verse were sort of intended to keep things fresh towards the end of the song; perhaps I can introduce those in the second verse and then the vocal harmonies in the third so each one is different, or vice versa.  I'll play around with it a little when I get some time.  Thanks for the feedback!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 17, 2014 at 10:04am

@Jared Weiss, just checked out Edge of Solitude (great title). I like the interesting phrasing. At times your voice reminds me of Neil Young. Is there something you could do to make each verse sound different from each other? Also I was hearing a higher female harmony on "Do you think you'll make it through.." Can't wait to hear more!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 17, 2014 at 9:51am

Welcome, @Jared Weiss!

Looking forward to checking out your profile, and really appreciate the feedback you are giving to the other artists. Glad to have you aboard :)

Comment by Jared Weiss on March 16, 2014 at 5:03pm

Hi everyone, I'm new here so I figured I'd introduce myself.  I'm a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter that has been slowly working on recording an album of original material with my amateurish production abilities.  Over the course of the last two years, I've recorded five out of the planned ten tracks, three of which I have uploaded to my profile.  I play all instruments on those tracks excepting drums and other percussion, which are modified from loops that come with the recording software I use, and would love feedback from anyone that cares to listen.

 

I'm excited to be a part of this community and to be able to listen to other people's music and give feedback!  I haven't had the time to look back too far at what has been posted but I listened to the new song by @Tyler, which sounded pretty awesome though I also would've liked the vocal line louder, and the one by @Becca - your voice is really great and the lyrics were very nice.  I look forward to hearing more of everyone's work going forward!

Comment by Deidre Rodman Struck on March 14, 2014 at 9:22pm

Hi @Tyler. Cool song (although my laptop was having some jumpy playback issues). Wondering if there's a way to make the lead vocal line louder? Also, I tried playing it back at different tempos and the results were very interesting, you might give that a try! One minor note: the word exhausted was misspelled by accident. Looking forward to the next draft!

Comment by Yasmin de Soiza on March 13, 2014 at 12:23pm

Hey @Tyler! Thanks for sharing! Your song has a real pop-punk vibe to it, which if you get your band or a band to play your song, it will really come together. What was the title to the song? Also, is there a way that you can make the chorus a little bit clearer? Can you have the guitar of the drums do something to make the differentiation that we're moving into the chorus? Do you have plans to perform this live somewhere? Looking forward to hearing more. 

Comment by Tyler (Kaori) Diioia on March 13, 2014 at 10:13am
http://www.noteflight.com/scores/view/296717788489341e91c475bc3457b... link to a new song I am working on. my lyrics are in their first draft so there not any good. But if you could give advice that would be greatly appreciated.
 

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