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…Continue
For a jump start with the "Get In The Groove" exercise, check out the ostinato and beat I…Continue
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 …Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…
Write a musical phrase or song using the…Continue