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 →
7 Productivity Techniques That Will INSTANTLY Speed Up Your Workflow

7 Productivity Techniques That Will INSTANTLY Speed Up Your Workflow

Probably the most undervalued factor in becoming a professional songwriter is speed. Being able to write a song in a day or two dramatically increases your output and therefore possibilities.
  • The more songs you write, the more artists you can write for.
  • The more songs you write, the more you can upload for your fans.
  • The more songs you write, the more you can sell (hey, we all gotta make a living, right?)
  • It simply feels great to be able to write a song quickly.
  • There's no overthinking things, you have to rely on your intuition, meaning your songs don't mutate
  • You are always the first to be heard in pitches if you can send in your songs first.
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3 Major Ways In Which Songwriting Has Changed

3 Major Ways In Which Songwriting Has Changed

Growing up with my parents's favorite bands such as the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, I recently noticed 3 major changes in how songs are written now as opposed to 30+ years ago. Understanding these 3 major changes in the songwriting industry is important because the consequences are very present in which songs make it to the radio (thus, your audience) and which don't.…continue reading →
[Power Words] How To Write Throat-Grabbing Lyrics

[Power Words] How To Write Throat-Grabbing Lyrics

Being able to grab your audience with thought-provoking, colorful lyrics is a difficult job, as it requires very different skills than your normal songwriting. You need to be able to put emotions into words, make sure they're not totally cliché and then make them fit your melody. Tough job. One of the best ways to win an audience over is using the right words, what I call "Power Words".continue reading →