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Every songwriter still needs to solo write

6 Damn Good Reasons Why Songwriters Need to Solo Write

August 5, 2016

Co-writing is an absolute blast! It’s basically like hanging out with your really good friends, then coming up with a song at the end that you never could have written on your own. Magical! There are so many benefits to solo writing that often get overlooked in our excitement to co-write.…

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Songwriting Tip: Quick Exercise for Uncovering Interesting, Fresh Hooks

April 20, 2016

Great hooks are soooooo hard to come by. Finding an awesome concept for a new song is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Sometimes they just come to you and omg, it’s the best! Other times, you’re in a cowrite and it’s silent and you’re both just spinning…

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How to Write Lyrics that Really Make a Difference

August 10, 2015

So you’ve been writing songs for a little while now. You’re familiar with structure, rhyme scheme, melody and putting together a good chord progression. Now it’s time to up your game and write some next level lyrics. Here are some songwriting tips that demonstrate how to write lyrics that are…

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7 Things to Say in your First Co-Write with a New Co-Writer

August 1, 2015

Writing with a new co-writer for the very first time can be SO. NERVE WRACKING. Finding great co-writers is basically dating. You ask a lot of people to write with you, and one by one you get in the writing room, try it out, see if it feels right, and go through…

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What Makes A Great Song Great?

July 13, 2015

Throughout my whole college education, some of the best advice I ever got came from one of my drawing teachers. What he said was, “You can make really bad art, and you can make really great art, and both of those will help you. It’s the mediocre art that will hurt you.” He…

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The Importance of Writing Really Terrible Songs

May 6, 2015

Believe it or not, it’s completely ok to suck. No really. It’s the honest truth. I promise I’m not trying to sell you anything. As creatives, we have to make. And because we’re human, not everything we make is going to be awesome. We are not perfect. We are fallible.…

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Why Writing Highly Personal Songs can Work in Your Favor

November 29, 2014

The other day, I was surfing Quora looking for conversations about songwriting, when one caught my eye. Someone had asked (to the extent of), “I write highly personal songs. How can I do this and continue my career as a professional songwriter? Should I stop?” That last part nearly choked me.…

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Inspiring Songwriting Techniques: Use Pinterest to Tell a Story

November 18, 2014

Hey Fanciers! Today’s post is a quick songwriting tool to help you get the inspiration you need to write your next song on days when you’re just not feeling it. This technique usually works really well for me when I’m in a creative slump and good ideas just aren’t coming…

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The Verses are for You, the Chorus is for Everyone Else

November 11, 2014

That may be the best bit of songwriting craft advice I’d ever gotten.

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How To Stay True to Your Voice as a Songwriter and Take Advice Like a Pro

November 3, 2014

As you write songs and share your art with the world, you’ll start to notice that everyone has an opinion. Some are good, some are bad. Some people will be very adamant that you take their advice. Sometimes, these opinions belong to people who could potentially change the direction of your career. So what…

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