4 Tips to Increase Songwriting Efficiency

Increase Songwriting EfficiencySongwriting is not just a simple craft. It involves certain technicalities. It is not a loose art at all. If you want to ensure that you can progress your songwriting skills, I do recommend that you should check this article. I have listed some effective tips that can help you grow as a songwriter.

Most of you are here because of the common interest in songwriting. As simple as it sounds, the art is quite complex. Being able to write a song is never an easy feat. Finding the right words and rhythm is more than establishing some poetic lines. There’s still a lot of technicalities that involve it.

Of course, the story will take a different turn from the moment you decide that you want to become a pro. The difference between a pro songwriter and a hobbyist is the demand. Professionals will always write, whether they are inspired or not. That task is not a walk in the park. Perhaps you would just want to establish a point in where all the conditions are conducive for songwriting. But then again, that’s just the facade.

Here are some of the tips that can help you write songs better and more efficiently. Continue reading »

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Pros and Cons to a Career in Academic Music

Academic Music Career Teaching studentYou can rarely find great performers and especially music teachers. If you haven’t yet made up your mind about pursuing a career in academic music, allow us to highlight the pros and cons of this occupational path.

The Pros of a Academic Music Career

Teaching music can be a satisfying activity particularly when your students gradually improve under your guidance. Some of your ex-students might become music teachers or professional musicians. Students do everything they can to learn from their favorite teachers. Parents push their kids to hone their talent while managers expect the teachers to produce the next prodigy. Nonetheless, there is more to that when it comes to academic music. Young musicians are fragile roots that require tutors with special skills to help them grow stronger. Continue reading »

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5 Key Characteristics of a Successful Songwriter

successful songwriter Sign Road BeachToday we are going to look at behaviors that create your character. Understanding these elements will help you become a successful songwriter. Your character is essential to who you are and how you act. It is a combination of certain attributes. Even though these things are really about the whole person, nurturing them will increase your level success. Continue reading »

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5 Ways to Get out of Your Songwriting Comfort Zone

songwriting comfort zoneAs songwriters, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. Sometimes you’ll finish a brand new song only to realize that it’s almost exactly like one of the tracks you released a year ago. Stylistic consistency can be a good thing for your brand, but your fans want to hear improvement and growth, not the same sort of thing over and over again, year after year. If you’ve become too attached to your songwriting method, it might be time to get out of your songwriting comfort zone. Here are 4 ways to break out of your shell and try something new as a songwriter. Continue reading »

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The Place of Music Education in 21st Century

music education 21st centuryHow can music technology support teaching and learning in a classroom? Compared to hundreds of years ago, the way we experience music today is hugely different. In this century, we have new musical instruments that are well able to produce new sounds to concert venues that have internet and ear listening aid. We have instant access to music.

Nevertheless, very little progress is evident in the way musicians are educated and shaped in school music programs. The reality of the matter is that there are dozens of quality resources and materials for educators to create music technology activities. Continue reading »

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Using Popular Song Motifs to Write New Songs

equalizer song motif music notesOne of our readers asked the following question:

Is it helpful to try to write lyrics for an existing popular song motif?

I really appreciate the chance to answer readers questions. One think I believe is helpful is many questions are never asked. Since that never are asked there is no opportunity to answer them. That is why I like reader questions. Many times the question asked could be the one that will help you with your songwriting efforts. Continue reading »

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7 Awesome Ways to Market Your Music Online

Online music marketingMusic publishing used to be reserved for those who are discovered and supported by a big record label. Nowadays, with internet exposing more people to indie artists, anyone can publish their music online and find a substantial audience.

However, to get to that audience, it will take much more than just producing good music. You may be talented, but your music could be forgotten due to all of the content available. This is why you need to be present online, communicate, and basically, market your product.

There are many great way to do this – what you need to do is pick those that work for you. Producing music and being all alone in the feat of presenting it to an audience is quite hard at times, but here are some ways that you can make it much simpler: Continue reading »

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What is the best way to start writing lyrics?

start writing lyricsOne of our reader’s asked the following question:

What is the best way to start writing lyrics?

I really appreciate the chance to answer readers questions. One think I believe is helpful is many questions are never asked. Since that never are asked there is no opportunity to answer them. That is why I like reader questions. Many times the question asked could be the one that will help you with your songwriting efforts.

There are several ways to start writing lyrics.  I will do my best to explore each one. Hopefully it will inspire you to write many songs. Continue reading »

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What Is Tonality Based Ear Training

Tonality Based Ear Training Infographic

Tonality based ear training makes up the core of the approach at Ear Training HQ. It’s the approach I strongly advise every musician to focus their attention on until they’ve mastered it.  I believe every musician should know at least the basics of what tonality based ear training is and how it works.

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How Music Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety

music production stress anxietyNo one can disagree with the theory that each person on this planet, has a mission to fulfill. Finding it, however, is another story. If you are prepared to raise the bar, there’s nothing wrong with being a little skeptical and impatient. If you know your options, it would be like shooting fish in a barrel. In general, people are averse when it comes to plunging into the heat of psychological battle, but that’s a one-way ticket to an emotional breakdown. Here you will learn how music helps reduce stress and anxiety.

Music can be labeled as the ultimate truth, which incites people to look for an alternative solution to the growing inner tension. First and foremost, you must analyze whether your vision applies to your moral beliefs because if these two elements don’t overlap, you are miles away from the right approach. Continue reading »

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Songwriter’s Question: Getting the Right Song Emotion

Song Emotion Question

Here is a question from the Learn How to Write Songs Facebook Group regarding a problem with the right  song emotion.

I’m having problems creating of a “happy” song. My songs always end up as a ballads and I don’t know, how to change that.  Do you have any ideas, how to combine chords to get a “good mood” song?

This is a great question that plagues many songwriters. The core of this question I believe is how to set the right emotion for a song. Of course there are several factors that the songwriters needs to consider.

To begin, the songwriter needs to start out knowing what mood the song will portray. In simplest terms that are “Sad” or “Happy” songs.

Creating the right emotion in songwriting involves two factors working together. These two factors are the lyrics and the music.  Both elements together can produce powerful emotions.  Now, let’s take a look at how lyrics and music create emotions in a song. Continue reading »

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What is the Best Way to Begin songs?

begin songs - Songwriting FlowchartHere is a question from a songwriter regard how to begin songs.

Do you need to have music before you can write the lyrics or do you work the music around the lyrics?

This is one of the most common questions beginning songwriters ask. Keep in mind that songwriting is a unique craft that bring words and music into unison.  Words are matched up with a melody to create a song.

The short answer is you can begin either way.  You can begin with the lyrics or begin with the melody.  Every songwriter has a preference.  There is no right or wrong answer in regards to how to begin songs.  Regardless of how you begin songs the most important is to get started. Continue reading »

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Songwriting Exercises You Can Use to Start Writing Lyrics

Songwriting Exercises You Can Use to Start Writing Lyrics microphone dawOne of our reader’s asked the following question regarding songwriting exercises for writing lyrics:

What exercises can I do to start writing lyrics?

I really appreciate the chance to answer readers questions. One thing I believe is helpful is, many questions are never asked. Since that never are asked there is no opportunity to answer them. That is why I like reader questions. Many times the question asked could be the one that will help you with your songwriting efforts.

If you want to start writing lyrics you will need to do certain songwriting exercises. Most of these exercises involve playing with ideas and words.

Every song starts with a central idea, from that idea comes a story.  The story is structures poetically through meter and rhyme. A song will them transform into a certain song structure with sections like verse and chorus. Continue reading »

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Five Music Production Tips I Wish I Knew When I Started

Five music production tips I wish I knew when I startedMaking music is a tiring and cumbersome process that involves long hours, and repeated tweaks and changes. Music production is a constantly evolving field, genres last for a few months and are replaced by a completely new genre in the next few months, just like rock and pop were replaced by dubstep, trance, trap and bass drums. Here are a few  music production tips that I wish I knew when I started out. Continue reading »

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How Doing Everything Can Be A Songwriters Worst Nightmare

Songwriters Worst Nightmare Working on Car Oil MessI recently had a big problem with  my car. It had a huge oil leak coming from the oil pan. It was not always that way. I made it that way. Thankfully it is now fixed. But this is the end of a lesson I had to learn regarding having a little knowledge but not being an expert. And this is a lesson for songwriters as well. Although this is about my car the lesson can be applied to many areas of life. This includes songwriting.  Here is my story and how I learned that by doing everything my self can become a songwriters worst nightmare. Continue reading »

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