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How To Accessorize Basic Guitar Chords And Sound Like A Badass

Sick of the same old C, D, G and A? Mandy Rowden teaches you some quick tips on how to easily and quickly breathe new life into those old, worn out chords. Plus, the "key grip" thing? Life changing. | SongFancy, songwriting tips and inspiration for the contemporary female songwriter

Mandy Rowden (singer/songwriter and founder of Girl Guitar) guests on the blog today to show you how to spice up your guitar playing. She’s sharing some wonderful tips on how to make those old, worn out chords sound new and interesting again. Why you want to dress up your chords Your song is written, your heart is on the page, your voice is warmed up, and you’re ready to shake up some souls tonight on stage. You’ve truly expressed yourself in a way that’s sincere to you and will genuinely move your listeners. Like many songwriters your voice is your main instrument and you know you can deliver the goods, and you’re...

5 Ways to Finish That Song Today

I know you got a couple songs that need finishing touches. Here's 5 quick tips to help you finish that song right this instant. | SongFancy

No matter how great the writer, we’re all bound to get stuck on a song at some point. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer. In fact, quite the opposite. It’s par for the course. If you’re writing a song and you get stuck – hey, that means you’re writing! The trick, though, is to learn how to un-stick yourself. That takes practice. Here are 5 ways to un-stick yourself from that hurdle in your song: 1. Get up and walk away Go do something else for 5, 10, even 30 minutes. Fix yourself another cup of coffee. Step outside for some vitamin D on your skin. Make a snack....

The Best Books on Songwriting, the Music Business, and Creativity

Here are the best books on songwriting, the music industry, and creativity. Click for links! | SongFancy.com

Looking  for some reading on songwriting? Or maybe you’re searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for that songwriter in your life? Here’s a collection of books I highly recommend. They’re either books I’ve read cover to cover, keep as a reference, or are considered staples in any songwriter’s library. Books are listed in three categories – Books on Songwriting, Books on the Music Business, and Books on Creativity. A quick disclaimer, yes, these are mostly affiliate links. Using affiliate linking is a nice, un-obtrusive way for this blog to bring in some income, as opposed to utilizing Google ads or other distracting elements. I want to give y’all the best reading...

4 Ways to Push Past the Dreaded Second Verse Curse

Writer's block always seems to hit right around that second verse. Here's how you can push past that Second Verse Curse and finish you song! | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

Ah, the Second Verse Curse. You knew exactly what I was talking about the moment you read that title. It’s a thing. It’s an awful thing. The Second Verse Curse is something you’ve experience many times, but probably didn’t have a name for until now. It’s that moment when you’re knocking through a song and it’s awesome, everything’s going great. You have your awesome idea, your first verse set up the scene perfectly. Your chorus came really quickly and you’re feeling really good about where this is going — until you have to write the second verse. Cue break-screech.mp3. All songwriters have experienced the giant hurdle that is the Second...

The 3 Reasons Why You Need a Pre-Writing Ritual Before you Sit Down to Write

Want a great writing experience each time you sit down? Start by establishing your very own songwriting pre-writing ritual. Songwriting tips! | SongFancy.com

Do you have a coffee obsession like I do? Just thinking about coffee makes me begin to relax. I can feel my mind starting get a little less tense, and a lot more, “It’s cool man, everything’s gonna be fine.” I can smell it roasting. Suddenly I’m transported to my favorite coffee shop, in my favorite comfy chair by the window, with my laptop and some work that I’m about to get the heck DONE. Coffee has always had that effect on me. It makes me relax, while simultaneously energizing me in the best ways. I’m ready to write that song, to write that blog post, to do that thing,...

Writing for the Senses: Songwriting Tip for Memorable, Meaningful Lyrics

Songwriting tip! Here's how to write better, more meaningful lyrics using all five of our senses. Show, don't tell! | SongFancy.com

Songs have a beautiful capacity to take you places. When you hear a song that you used to listen to all the time, you suddenly remember the exact moment in time – the way the light looked, what you were wearing, maybe even the exact smell of something. You could say “The song remembers when.” One of the most powerful ways to affect people through songs is through the use of our five senses. The Show, Don’t Tell Philosophy The eminent and beloved Berkley songwriting teacher, Pat Pattison, has a lot to say on the subject of writing memorable lyrics. He has whole courses dedicated to the topic. Without giving...

Amazing Phrasing: How to Write Lyrics and Melodies that Fit Together Like a Glove

Some lyrics just have that magical quality. Learn how to write lyrics that fit into their melodies like a can in a koozie with this songwriting tip! Click to read! | SongFancy.com

Hello Fanciers! Let’s talk about something magical. Ever notice how some songs seem to have this completely fluid quality about their lyrics? They sound almost like a beautiful cascade of words and lines that melt seamlessly into one another. The rhymes happen right where you expect them to. The point of the song is not only apparent, but made even more so by the structure of each word’s place in the song. This magical quality is called phrasing. When a song has great phrasing, you almost hardly notice. Everything is in it’s place and it just feels good. But the second the phrasing get’s weird, we immediately know it. That’s...

How to Record Better Worktapes When You’re Not an Amazing Guitar Player

Feel like your worktapes are lacking some pizzazz because you're not a virtuoso guitarist? Here are some quick & easy ways to add sonic interest to your worktapes! | SongFancy.com

Let’s face it, we’re not all Lindsay Ell. Sometimes our worktapes sound just marginally better than a five year old hammering away at chopsticks. Or, if you’re like me, they sound like someone beating the strings of a poor, pitiful guitar with  6 hotdogs and 1 steak knife. That “steak knife” quality is usually due to one fingernail that hasn’t managed to break yet from the shear, brute force of my  manic strumming. Nope, I ain’t a great player. But a worktape isn’t about great playing. It’s simply about getting the idea across. All your worktape needs to do is showcase the song – the lyrics should be clear, the melody...

Writing Songs that Speak: How to Write Songs that Reach People with Your Message

How to write songs that spealk: Drawing people into your world with clear, open songwriting. | SongFancy.com

At SongFancy, the goal is twofold: 1. Get you jazzed and inspired to write songs. 2. And give you tools & techniques to write songs that truly speak. By “songs that speak,” I don’t mean songs with spoken word sections. Although, literally, those songs do speak! But when we talk about songs that speak, we mean songs that speak to the hearts of your listeners. Songs that communicate exactly what you need them to say. Songs that draw people in. Songs that allow your listeners to be moved and join in on the experience with you. Songwriters always have something to say. Maybe it’s  many somethings. As creative people, we all have that nagging...

Songwriting Tip: How to Write Lyrics that are Conversational

Songwriting Tips | how to write lyrics that are conversational. Draw your listeners in to your songs by speaking directly to them.

There are many songwriting techniques you can use to write amazing and impactful lyrics. Here, we’re gonna take a close look at one specific way: Writing conversationally. Yeehaw! A conversational lyric is a great way to approach your next song – but it’s by no means the only way to write great words. It’s one tool to keep in your toolbox, and a super easy way to get your songs communicating loud and clear to anyone listening. Conversational lyrics are just that: Like having a conversation. Think about the last time you had a conversation with a friend in person: I’m willing to guess there was a lot of eye...