April 2014 Blog Posts (9)

Communal Title: Born Beautiful, Part 2


I am LOVING everyone's posts, songs, comments, videos, participation, etc etc lately! It makes my heart SING and I know that is cheesy but I do not even CARE.

I hope that if you haven't yet, you each take part in the songwriting activities we have specially crafted for you on the site. And that each of you is considering entering our songwriting…


Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on April 29, 2014 at 9:20pm — 2 Comments

Visual Inspiration

Visual Inspiration: Use your own image or the images below as your inspiration for a song.…


Added by Carnegie Hall on April 22, 2014 at 3:30pm — 68 Comments

Song Starts With Loops and Ostinato



For a jump start with the "Get In The Groove" exercise, check out the ostinato and beat I…


Added by Mike Viola on April 14, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Get into the Groove

Get into the Groove: Base a song or musical idea on a groove or ostinato.

A groove or ostinato can be a rhythmic pattern, a bass line, a chord progression, or all those things put together.  Check out these detailed definitions on Wikipedia for more info on groove and …


Added by Carnegie Hall on April 14, 2014 at 4:50pm — 65 Comments

Serving Your Song

Preamble Caveat: The advice I give below won't always apply.  If it resonates with you then I probably hit a nerve and that's GREAT! If it doesn't feel like it applies to you then it probably doesn't.  Give it a gander and see what it provokes. 

NOTE: making tracks doesn't apply to what I'm talking about.  It's songs written from the inside out not the outside in that these comments apply to. 

Most people can't hear a song inside of the song's production and…


Added by Mike Viola on April 13, 2014 at 2:36pm — 2 Comments

Get Into The Groove!

As you will all be made aware in the next day or so, our next songwriting challenge asks us to use one of my favorite songwriting tools--a groove, vamp, or ostinato. What does that mean? Basically it means setting up something repetitive that feels good first. Then the song is built on that. From "Thrift Shop" to "Thriller", this device can be heard practically every time you turn on the radio.

I used to have a songwriting partner, and we would give each other challenges, kind…


Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on April 13, 2014 at 12:09pm — 4 Comments


I've tried and tried to exercise my mental muscles but my brain refuses to deliver an idea. i'm stuck and at the point of believing that i cannot write songs at all. but then i listen to my old songs and i cannot believe it is the same person. if the idea is right, the chords are not , if the chords are good the lyrics are not. it used to be so easy.

i want to write a song that just blows the mind of every song i've written till now . I need a muse. and words and a few interesting…


Added by Sneh Ratna Choudhary on April 9, 2014 at 3:24am — 2 Comments

A Quick Word On "The Art Of Limits" Songwriting Challenge

Hey Songwriters go check out this latest songwriting challenge. http://j.mp/QJQC3G

this exercise is a blast and you might surprise yourself with how powerful a song you can create using such a popular chord progression. I used it myself just recently with a band I was producing in Detroit last week. They were stumped with what direction to go in and I suggested they try this exercise. after about a day and a half of writing they came up with an honest…


Added by Mike Viola on April 3, 2014 at 9:26pm — 1 Comment

Songwriting Exchange: The Art of Limits

The Art of Limits: write a song based on the 4-chord progression I - V - vi - IV.

How to Respond

Write a musical phrase or song using the…


Added by Carnegie Hall on April 2, 2014 at 4:00pm — 90 Comments

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