Monday, August 31, 2009

Free Songwriting Lessons

Over the next few years, I will reveal, in this blog, every secret of rock songwriting. I'll cover everything you need to know to write whatever kind of songs you want to write.

Note: I use the word secret loosely. There are no secrets in songwriting, because anything that actually matters is clearly audible to the listening audience. If it's audible, it's not a secret: you can measure it, define it, and imitate it. And if it isn't audible, it doesn't matter.

I'll explain how you can write songs that are guaranteed to please your audience.

Note: There are no secrets to this process either. After I explain it all, you'll say "well, duh!" Yes, you use this stuff already in other areas of your life, and there's no reason not to use it in your songwriting life too.

I will reveal hundreds of clever songwriting techniques — which is massive overkill. No one needs that many different techniques in their toolbox. But I believe that each one of these techniques is needed by someone out there. So don't sweat over trying to pick up the whole huge body of techniques. Just collect a handful of them that you find useful.

I will of course cover the nuts-and-bolts of chords, melodies, structure, lyrics, and the writing process.

All for free!

There should be no mysteries in songwriting. I often compare songwriting to playing guitar. If you want to play guitar, you can get lessons, books, videos, magazines, software, and if you want to be a great player it's all up to you to practice, practice, practice. Same thing with songwriting, except there's rather a shortage of helpful teachers, books, videos, magazines, and software. The shortage of clear information makes it seem as though songwriting is mysterious. But it's not. Songwriting is something anyone can learn, and, same as any other skill, it's up to you to practice, practice, practice.

So stick around! Bookmark this blog. Better yet, become a follower of the blog. That's your visible way of lending me encouragement, and like all creative people I need encouragement at least now and then. Tell your musical friends! Post questions and comments. Let's see how this all shakes out.

The adventure "officially" starts on Wednesday.

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