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Simple Piano Tips for Songwriters

In my experience working with singer-songwriters, a topic that often emerges is how to use simple and strong instrumental techniques to express our songs.

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How to Build A Team

The typical performing songwriter is both the man-power behind and the face in front of a business built from the ground up.

Tools for Finishing More Songs

One of the most frustrating problems we experience as songwriters is difficulty finishing songs. We might get stuck at the chorus, or maybe after the first chorus.

How to Write Songs with Groove

Some genres of music are driven largely by groove. If we are not accustomed to writing with groove in mind, it can be difficult to push our songwriting into this space.

Easy Tools for Better Melodies

I’d like to talk a bit more in detail about melody writing, and specifically, the rhythm of the melody. Simply put, melody is rhythm plus pitch.

Give Up to Gain

In my humble opinion, one of the main reasons we performing songwriters become frustrated with our lack of progress is that we’re unwilling to make sacrifices in order to make gains.

Tips for Writing Better Lyrics

In my opinion, the most powerful tool a songwriter has is the ability to write using sensory language.

Tips for Finishing Songs

One of the most frustrating problems we experience as songwriters is difficulty finishing songs. We might get stuck at the chorus, or maybe after the first chorus.

Simple Tools for Better Melodies

A great melody always makes a song more memorable. It sounds obvious to say, but it is amazing how often we put emphasis on other elements of the song such as groove or lyric

Quick Harmonic Tips for the Songwriter

You don’t have to have a degree in music theory to write harmonic progressions that underscore your lyric well.