The Master Files Bundle


This is Holistic Songwriting's legacy mega bundle containing all the Master Files courses and more.

All the building blocks you need to write songs holistically

Get started writing, arranging, and producing addictive songs.

What are the Legacy Master Files?

Before Friedemann developed Holistic Songwriting's flagship course in 2020, Holistic Songwriting Academy (HSA), he already spend a lot of time, effort, and research into the creation of several courses on different songwriting and music production related topics. He called these the Master Files.

Let there be no mistake about it: HS Academy is really the course you want to take if you are ready to completely transform your understanding and skills as a Songwriter-Producer. This is where Friedemann invested all of his knowledge about and passion for songwriting and education. HSA is Songwriting University.

However, the older Master Files courses are still massively valuable sources that will help expand your songwriting and music production skills. You can think about the Master Files as if you were walking through an antique store and suddenly find yourself in front of a shelf of old, dusty books. You might not think much about them at first, but as you open one of them and start reading, your mind gets blown by the insights you receive from them. 

The Master Files Bundle is for you if you...

...want an overview of the most important areas of songwriting: hooks & melodies, drums & groove, lyric-writing, and music production.

...aren't ready to invest in HSA, but still want to benefit from Friedemann's original teaching style, and the unique Holistic Songwriting methodology.

...want to improve your songwriting skills in the broadest way possible, while still diving deep into the most important songwriting areas.

Broaden your Songwriting Skills

Everything you need to instantly improve your songwriting


Over 22 hours of professional songwriting techniques

The Master Files Bundle contains everything you need to write, arrange, and produce commercial sounding songs, with memorable hooks and melodies, danceable beats, seamlessly fitting lyrics, and outstanding production quality.


A TON of bonus material

The Master Files bundle contains all 4 Master Files courses and 3 Quick Fix courses. Over 200 Videos, lots of PDFs, Downloads, Cheat Sheets for Shortcuts, Exercises, and more.


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+ full refund if you're not happy

Got a question? We're right here. Just send an email to me@holistic-songwriting and we’ll help you out with any questions you may have with the program. Don’t like the program? Let us know within 30 days and we’ll happily give you a refund.


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+ BONUS: the Hook Checklist

The Hook/Melody Masterfiles

+ Bonus Course...

The Hook Checklist
($49 Value!)

In addition to the Hook/Melody Master Files, you will also get the Hook Checklist. This is the course Friedemann used to give at conservatories all over Europe. It focuses on rewriting hooks. In other words, you'll learn how to turn a good melody into a great one.

HOOK your audience

Everything you need to know to start writing razor-sharp melodies


Part I: Psychology

Learn what hooks and melodies are, what they do and don't do, and what the ground rules to writing your own memorable and commercial hooks and melodies are.


Part II: The Motif

The secret to hook-writing explained, among with the #1 mistake songwriters make, examples of music design, how to use the "Ursatz", and exercises.


Part III: Line Structure

What is Line Structure and what are good examples? Learn the difference between Melodic vs. Rhythmic Structure, and other Interesting Structures. With exercises on using structure in your hooks and melodies.


Part IV: Verses vs. Verses

Learn about the differences and similarities between Choruses and Verses, different melodic approaches with examples, and the Pre-Chorus.


Part V: Harmony/Melody

Become familiar with the link between Harmony and Melody, with different triad flavors, upper structure secrets to spice up your hooks and melodies, and how to use al this in your own music.


Part VI: Base Pitches

What are base pitches, how are they used in modern songwrititng? Learn how to create interesting lines with base pitches.


Part VII: Groove

An introduction to Groove with rhythmical building blocks, note lenght and how to program it, and the backbeat, and how to use it.


Part VIII: Development

Here we look at how to develop your hooks and melodies, using pick up phrases, rhythmic retention, extension, truncation, ornamentation, thinning, sequencing, and inversion.


Part VIV: Bits and Pieces

What about space, call and respons, lyrics, backing vocals, counterpoint, and inpsiration? Those will all be covered in Part 9.


Part X: Bonus Section

And a summary of the complete course, a quickfix class in learning chords, and scales, 9 PDF cheat sheets, and 8 backing tracks for non commercial use. 


The Lyric-Writing Masterfiles

100s of industry lyric-writing secrets

Become a master lyricist

The deepest, darkest secrets of hit songwriters at your fingertips


Part I: The Secret of Lyric-Writing

An introduction and overview of the course, the secrets of lyric-writing revealed, an answer to the age-old question of "Music or Lyrics first?", and a bunch of resources.


Part II: Writing Style

There is a lot to say about style, like story vs. storytelling, the use of power words, common mistakes, choice of words, creating better metaphores, creating your own unique writing style, types of lyrics I HATE, and a lot more...


Part III: Words

Where do you find great words? I will show you in part 3 of the Lyric-Writing Master Files, plus 20 exercises and resources.


Part IV: The Idea

Here you will learn three awesome catalysts to get started with lyrics to a new song, you will understand how the artists' image relates to lyric-writing, what to (NOT) write about in pop music, hidden messages in lyrics, hidden song types, and again, exercises and resources.


Part V: The Story

You will be shown how to write for the different sections of a song, lyric blocks, counterintuitive lyrics, the last chorus and outro, and more. And in case your wondered... there will be exercises and resources as well.


Part VI: Matching Lyrics to Melodies

We will dive into several useful tools and concepts, like power positions, matching lyrics to melodies, rewriting lyrics, filler words, using double negatives, starting on a different beat, turning the prhase around, and using a different word.


Part VII: Sound and Rhyming

Ever wondered when to rhyme in a song, and what kind of rhymes there are? Do you know about the synthesizer approach, and how to shape sound with words? After going through part 6 you willl! Only if you also do the exercises and check the resources of course...


Part VIII: Writer's Block

Lastly, we will talk about how to deal with being overcritical, getting stuck, and losing passion, among with some final words about the course.

+ bONUS: Nippy Noya on Groove

Drum-Writing for Non Drummers

+ Bonus Masterclass...

Nippy Noya on Groove
($49 Value!)

This is a 40-minute interview with world famous percussionist Nippy Noya (Chaka Khan, Sting, Billy Cobham, ...) He talks about what "alpha beats" are and why they're the most basic element of a groove. Why they determine feel and how to use them to get into the groove quicker.

groove along

All the techniques, mindsets, and concepts you need to groove your audience through the roof


Introduction & Groove Psychology

Why groove is so important in modern songwriting and what psychological influence it has on us. What has the drumset brought to music that classical music didn't have? Knowing the purpose of groove is essential if you want to write commercial Pop music.


Part I: Notation

...the Do's and Don'ts of Drum Notation. I fell for these traps a couple of times in my career and have annoyed many drummers this way. I'll show you how to properly notate drum parts so you don't get confused looks.

7 Drum articulations you must know and the sounds you can make with each instrument. This opens up a whole range of possibilities for the creative folks out there who want to use fresh sounds for their songs.


Part II: Beat Blueprints

The most famous drum groove in the world - we break it down step by step until you know its ins and outs.

All that drummer's lingo. Make sure you know what all the beats, techniques, strokes and instruments are called so you don't make a complete ass out of yourself when instructing your drummers in the studio.

How exactly a groove is played. Understanding basic drum coordination will help you figure out the possibilities and impossibilities of drum part-writing. Never write an unplayable groove or fill again!

The L.A.W. of drum-writing and 7 examples where the LAW applies. Applying the LAW is the key to writing groovy drum parts, understanding ghost notes, fills and much, much more.


Part III: Programming Realistic Drums

How to program MIDI drums that sound as real as it gets. This includes everything you need to know, including Quantizing, Choice of Samples, Kick Drum, Snare and Hihat programming as well as velocities. 

Check out this example:


Part IV: Groove Weight

What European and African music have brought to our Western Pop music and why both are important in modern, commercial songwriting. If you've been writing drum grooves for a while you might be in for a surprise!

The 5 aspects of Groove Weight and how to use them to write grooves for any style or type of song. If you ever wondered how to figure out which groove to pick for your song, this is gonna be a HUGE for you.

We'll also tlk about ghost notes, the magical relationship between kick and bass, and more...


Part V: How to Write Kick-Ass Drum Fills

The different types of fills, how to tell them apart and when to use them. There are few things more useful for creating tension than using drum fills. How to write complex sounding fills or hits that are easy and fun to play for any drummer


Part VI: How to Write Hits/Punches/Kicks

Become a master of elegant drum writing by learning how to prioritize some notes over others and why. After following this course you'll never write another note without knowing its purpose again!

The 3 types of hits/punches/kicks, how to distinguish them and when to use them. Nothing sexier than a well placed kick in the rhythm section!


Lastly, a summary, bonus round solutions, and final thoughts.


Geek-Free Music Production

Produce productions productively

The fundamentals you need to turn your song ideas into addictive, commercial productions.


Part I: Introduction

Like the name of this course suggests, this course is going to be completely geek-free. Friedemann isn't going to geek out on all kinds of complex computer tech stuff. This is going to be hands on, practical, and as simple as possible.


Part II: Buying Gear

Discover that you don't need to invest thousands of dollars to produce your own songs. You can get started with an investment of a couple hundred bucks.

You'll get lists, PDFs and explanations about mics and other equipment you need, and what you might want to invest in, in the future.


Part III: Getting Started with your DAW

Here we go over how the DAW "Logic Pro X" works. This is mac-only software, but the principles apply to other software as well (just the shortcuts are different).


Part IV: Tools & Working with Audio

All the basics you need to know about how to record, work with and edit audio. Learn how to work with the most important tools your DAW offers for easy editing. 

Exercises and audio files are provided so you can practice all this.


Part V: MIDI

MIDI is going to be one of the most important tools if you are not going to record a lot of 'real' instruments. Here you learn how to get started with the piano roll in your DAW and how to create instrument parts using virtual instruments.


Part VI: Further Steps

Get organized by creating templates and learn how to import audio files into your own DAW. These audio files are included in the course material. You will also learn about the 5 mixing mindsets.


Part VII: Understanding Sound & the EQ

Why does music sound the way it does? What is the overtones series and why is it important? The different frequency bands you need to know, Corrective vs. Creative EQ. All this, and more is explained in Part VII.


Part VIII: Compression & Routing

Get a basic understanding of this often misunderstand but essential music production tool called compression. You will also learn how to route your tracks and buses for the best possible results and workflow.


Part IX: Flexing, Mixing & Reverb

Ever heard of flexing vocals? No? Well, you will after going through this part. We will also go over automation, reverb, mixing your music, and different mixing formulas.

Chords, Scales & Notation

Essential Building Blocks

Although learning chords and scales by heart, and reading notation might not be the most flashy subjects within songwriting, they are necessary building blocks for understanding the more fun and elevated concepts discussed in the Master Files courses.

They will be helpful guides if you're a beginner, or don't know a lot about music theory yet.

Memorizing Chords

By the end of this 30-minute course, you'll be able to instantly call out the names of all notes of ANY chord.

After following this workshop, you will be the fastest chord-note-namer in your entire city! So you will have that going for you...

Memorizing Scales

Wanna be able to call out any degree of any scale instantly? Like what's the 6th degree of Gbmin?

If it took you more than 4 seconds to come up with ebb, you'll profit from this 30-minute course!

Reading Notation

Ever wonder what all those dots mean in scores? In this 30-minute class, I will show you how to read ANY score.

It's quick, fun and practical!

About The Course Teacher,
Friedemann Findeisen

Friedemann Findeisen (*1989, BMus) is a creator, songwriting coach and public speaker. After jumping onto the scene in 2015 with his best-selling book "The Addiction Formula", today he is best known for his YouTube channel "Holistic Songwriting" and the Artists Series. 

To this point, the YouTube channel has gathered over 370K subscribers and a total of 10M views, making it one of the biggest songwriting channels in the world. Friedemann is also the creator of "The Songwriting Decks", a new inspiration tool for songwriters which overfunded by 230% on Kickstarter. Friedemann is a sought-after guest speaker at music conventions and tours Europe with his masterclasses on Structuring Songs and Getting Things Made. 

In his free time, he designs board games that tell stories, invents escape rooms and writes music. His 2020 debut album "Subface", which he released under his artist name "Canohead" has been labeled the "Album of the Year" by the Nu Metal scene.

Friedemann lives in Cologne, Germany with his wife Joanna and their cat Lyric.

What songwriters say about Holistic Songwriting...

taught me that I too can find my own voice with confidence

Weslay hibberd - writer

Having failed many times at writing a song I am happy with I have found that perseverance and sound guidance from Friedemann has reconfigured my approach and led me to achieve results I love. I enjoy the songwriting process, and Friedemann has taught me that the methods adopted by many great songwriters I admire are not transcendent and I too can find my own voice with confidence. Friedemann inspired me to use songwriting methods as tools rather than blueprints to communicate mine.

opened a new world for me

steve b -


Friedemann opened a new world for me with his approach to songwriting and singing the initial lyrics. Skeptical at first, not really a singer. I tried it and was amazed at the increased production and improvement in my songs. And, many of his tools are also very helpful and time savers too. Now the band is heading to the studio to record enough for a first EP. I couldn't have done it without his guidance.

helped me expand beyong being a rap artist

moreno muanza -


I started rapping when I was fourteen and today I'm twenty one. I left College 2-3 years ago to pursue music full time. I had the confidence and vision to become a professional artist but there were skills and information I KNEW I was missing. I read every and any songwriting book I can get my hands on and any music theory book I can find. I've been going to music conventions for years... to become a professional,  I knew I needed guidance or a coach. Holistic Songwriting helped me expand beyond being a rap artist. I studied and bought every product holistic songwriting has ever created. My testimonial for holistic songwriting is me releasing three EP'S and one twelve song mixtape. Holistic songwriting gave me the perspective and creativity to make four musical projects & SIX music video's. My goal is to be a platinum selling artist and I know holistic songwriting can make me that Artist.

changed my life and it's thanks to your education

asia ward -


My name is Asia Ward and I graduated last May with a degree in musical theatre, but nowadays, I produce, write, and sing songs for myself and other people. The only way that transition was possible was because of your courses. I started making music for fun after musical theatre didn't work out, but had no direction on where to start. With your guidance, my older songs were selected to win a slot in Tayla Parx's songwriting/production camp in NYC with people like Tommy Brown, Sarah Hudson, Ali Thompson, Normani, and more were in attendance. It changed my life and it's thanks to your education. You are able to break down giant ideas into a language I understand.

my single has gained over 500K streams

eric ryan -

recording artist

Once I found your videos on youtube & purchased your audiobook, it taught me a variety of tools that I could use to formulate/create the structures of my songs... Some of which now have over hundreds of thousands of streams across my platforms! 

I love the way you break knowledge/music concepts down to level where "music theory" isn't needed to understand. The way you teach these concepts are in a fun/easy to take in sort of way if that makes sense... I see you as like the "cool/fun" teacher that everyone had in school. 

Thanks to holistic songwriting, the tools I learned helped me structure & arrange all of my music including my single „Soleil“ which has gained over 500K streams/plays across all my platforms combined!!

broke me out of the box I was in for 20 years

ehrich weiss -


I'm a hobbyist songwriter and musician of over 30 years looking to improve my skills in writing lyrics, melody and rhythms for my songs. Holistic Songwriting has broken me out of the little box I had been occupying in my musical journey and given me a new direction for my ideas, and especially one I've had for almost 20 years but was going nowhere.



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Is this course self-paced? / When does it start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days through me[at], and we will give you a full refund.

When do I get access to my course?

No matter which payment plan you choose, you get immediate access to all classes.

Do I need any prior knowledge for this course?

No. Everything you need to know will be explained in the courses. You will even get guides about scales, chords, and reading notation. So even as a beginner, you will be able to write songs that you're proud of after completing the Master Files bundle.

If I have a question about something in the courses, can I contact Holistic Songwriting?

Yes, you're more than welcome to ask us whatever you want, course related or not at me[at] (replace "[at]" with "@").

Do I need to own any equipment or instruments going into this course?

A keyboard/piano or guitar and having some basic playing skills is recommended. You don't need to own a DAW and music production equipment yet, though. Everything you need will be explained in the Geek-Free Music Production course. An Apple Computer (MacBook, iMac, etc) is recommended, but not necessary.

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