3 Classic Tells That You’re An Amateur Songwriter (And How To Fix Them)

3 Classic Tells That You’re An Amateur Songwriter (And How To Fix Them)

I’ve been a student of songwriting my whole life. I’ve had guitar lessons since I was 5, went to 2 different conservatories, studied jazz guitar, classical and pop music, I’ve written for bands, orchestras and big bands.And with all of this experience I also learned a thing or two. When I listen back to my first songs I can hear that I didn’t understand a couple of simple concepts that I now use all the time.Listening to your contributions on Feedback Friday (my youtube show where I review your songs for free) I now see that I’m not the only one with these problems. There really are 3 things I hear amateur songwriters do repeatedly that tell me they don’t know what they’re doing. …continue reading →
3 Types Of Melodies You Must Know

3 Types Of Melodies You Must Know

Melody is king. No other melodic element in your arrangement will ever be as important - not chords, not the bass, not pluck sounds.So it makes sense to take a really close look at what makes a great melody and which parts it’s made up of.If you’ve read my post on how to write chord progressions that grab an audience (which I recommend you do, if you haven’t done it yet), a lot of what you’ll hear in this post will seem familiar.To me, chords and melodies are almost the same thing anyways (and if you would like to hear about that, let me know in the comment section), so it’s no big surprise that melodies come in the same types as chords:Color Melodies, i.e. melodies that sound pretty Direction Melodies, i.e. melodies that go somewhere Blends, i.e. melodies that use both color AND direction
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