How To Instantly Improve Your Songwriting Craft

Do you make art as an end in itself? Does your songwriting stop at self-expression for you? If so, then my thoughts here probably won’t apply to you. This post is all about how to improve your songwriting, with three practical ways to do so.

If songwriting is only a means of personal self expression you don’t need to actually improve. It’s just an emotional outlet. Nothing at all wrong with that, but if you want to write songs other people enjoy and sing, then read on….

You see, I’m an artist who firmly believes in selling out.

Yes you read that right.

I’m not saying that you should be dishonest. Please don’t try to be someone you’re not. That sucks. People will see right through you.

I’m simply saying you should go all in….

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The Four Songwriter Archetypes

I’d like to give you one more lesson from Songwriting Good To Great: The Business for FREE.

In it I cover what I call the 4 Songwriter Archetypes….

Here they are…

  • The Faceless Super Writer
  • The Classic Singer/Songwriter
  • The Recording Artist Songwriter
  • The Composer Songwriter

The way you approach songwriting falls into one of these four types (or a blend of two of them).

In this lesson I discuss the strength of each archetype with some real life examples of some popular writers in the real world…

GET THE LESSON HERE

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The Current Music Industry Landscape

The current music industry landscape is in trouble.

News flash:

Most people know this, but the music business has been in a massive transition….

We are now living in incredible times for artists and songwriters to forge their own destinies as creatives.

What does this mean?

It means they can build businesses around their music like never before.

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How To Crush 2017

Did you know that 92% of all New Year’s resolutions fail?

Another sad statistic is that the average person who makes New Year’s resolutions makes the same one 10 times with no lasting success.

That’s why I want to give you a few lessons from my course Songwriting Good To Great: Developing The Business for FREE as we gear up for 2017.

Honestly? I’ve been there myself.

So I finally learned something a few years ago…

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Tools For Effective Songwriting (Part 4)

In this series, we’ve focused on some tools that can make things easier on us during the songwriting process. We’ve focused on some useful tools for capturing and researching.

Now it’s time to touch base on the most important part of songwriting.

TOOLS FOR REFINING

Every good songwriter will tell you that writing songs isn’t always easy or fun. It takes hard work and patience to craft a good song.

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Tools For Effective Songwriting (Part 3)

reading-257x300I’m currently doing a series on songwriting that focuses on the tools that help facilitate a lifestyle of inspiration, creativity, and craftsmanship.

Understanding the distinctions between these three ingredients can go a long way for any creative person no matter what the art form.

In my last post I focused on the tools necessary for capturing moments of inspiration. Here we’ll look at the oft-neglected discipline of research, and some practical things we can apply.

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Tools For Effective Songwriting (Part 2)

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As I mentioned in my previous post, songwriting is made up of three important ingredients: inspiration, creativity, and craftsmanship. And if we were to break the science of songwriting down a little further I would say the following categories are vital to consider:

Capturing -methods used to keep your ideas and moments of inspiration from leaving you Researching -gathering and organizing good content Refining -the process of crafting and completing your song Archiving -having a useful system for organizing finished and unfinished songs.

In this post we’ll look at the first one and some tools that go along with it.

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Tools For Effective Songwriting (Part 1)

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In this series, I’d like to share some thoughts on the process of songwriting. I also will mention some tools that writers should use during that process. Every creative person has a unique approach to what they do; however, there are some basic principles that we should all apply.

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